Ryan Hollins Signs Grant-In-Aid With UCLA

June 28, 2002

Ryan Hollins, a 6-11, 210-pound center/forward from Pasadena JohnMuir HS, has signed a Grant-in-Aid to attend UCLA and play basketball forthe Bruins, the school announced Friday.

'I'm very excited about signing with UCLA,' Hollins said. 'I have achance to be part of a great program.'

Hollins last November signed a National Letter of Intent with SaintLouis University. But when Billiken head coach Lorenzo Romar left SaintLouis in April to become head coach at Washington (his alma mater), Hollinsasked to be released from his NLI to pursue other schools. Saint Louis hasgranted Hollins a qualified release and under NCAA rules, Hollins will haveto sit out the 2002-03 season and have three years of eligibility remaining(beginning with the 2003-04 collegiate calendar). Hollins is attempting toget a complete release from his Saint Louis NLI and if granted, he wouldthen be freshman eligible for the Bruins starting this fall (with fouryears of eligibility).

As a senior last season at Muir HS, Hollins was rated the No. 3center on the West Coast by PrepWestHoops.com. As a senior in 2001-02,Hollins averaged 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots. He wasfirst-team Div. III All-CIF, Los Angeles Times San Gabriel Valley andAll-Pacific League. He was also the Most Valuable Player at two arearegular-season tournaments (Los Alamitos and Brea Olinda).

Hollins' high school coach, Don Grant, believes Hollins is the mostimproved center in the State (from his junior through senior seasons). 'Acouple of years from now, people will wonder where Ryan Hollins came from,'Grant said. 'He isn't a true post-up player, because he plays inside andoutside and runs the court so well. He gets better everyday and his futureis bright.'

A versatile athlete, Hollins, at the CA State Track & Field meet inCerritos on June 9, placed third in the triple jump, with a personal-bestmark of 48-2.75. He was also Div. III CIF champion in the triple jump andPacific League champion in the long and triple jumps. This spring, hisbests were 21-2 in the long jump and 6-6 in the high jump. He didn't jointhe Muir track team until last March, with an emphasis on the high jump.Hollins will also compete for the Bruin men's track & field team (if hedoes not get his complete release, then Hollins will also have to sit outthe 2003 outdoor track season and will have three years of track & fieldeligibility beginning with the 2004 outdoor campaign).

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