Cats sign Hollins
The Bobcats have signed center Ryan Hollins, the team’s second round draft pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The 50th overall selection, Hollins was a starter on UCLA’s NCAA Final Four team this past season.
“Ryan Hollins is a terrific athlete for a seven-footer and he is an intelligent player who works hard. He will have an opportunity to earn playing time with our team as he continues to develop,” Bobcats General Manager & Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “We are fortunate to get a player with his size and athleticism with the 50th pick.”
“I have waited for this day to come for a long time. I am thrilled to be joining a first-class organization and to have the opportunity to be a part of something special,” Hollins said. “This is a really talented team with a great coaching staff and I look forward to being a part of the Charlotte community and getting to know the fans.”
The 7-0, 230-pound center averaged 7.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.88 blocks (ninth best in the Pac-10) in 21.5 minutes as a senior. In four seasons at UCLA, Hollins averaged 5.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and connected on .575 from the field and finished his collegiate career as the fourth all-time leading shot-blocker in school history with 101 blocks behind Jelani McCoy, Milwaukee Bucks center Dan Gadzuric and Charles O’Bannon.
In addition, Hollins reached double figure scoring 11 times during the season, including five of UCLA’s six NCAA tournament games, highlighted by his 12-point, eight-rebound effort against Bobcats teammate Adam Morrison’s Gonzaga team in the Sweet Sixteen. He also scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Memphis in the Regional Finals, garnering Regional Most Outstanding Player honors. In the title game against eventual NCAA champion Florida, Hollins recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Sounds like Bernie has seen something he really likes in this kid. I hope Hollins can get ready in training camp and play some quality minutes behind Brezec this year.