Monday, February 18, 2013
Andre Hollins a lottery pick in 2014?
By Joe Kaiser
The Pioneer Press points out that at least one NBA draft website currently projects Minnesota sophomore Andre Hollins to be a future lottery pick. But the question is when that might be.
NBADraft.net currently lists Hollins at No. 10 on its 2014 mock draft, and it's easy to understand why after the way he's played in his second season with the Golden Gophers. Hollins leads the team with 13.7 points a game.
If Minnesota goes on to make some noise in the NCAA tournament, and Hollins plays well, it may not be out of the question that the sophomore even consider leaving school after this season. That might sound a little crazy, but Adam Zagoria wrote on Sunday that at least some NBA general managers are considering 2013 to be a very poor draft.
“It’s a historically weak draft that, as a result, you’re going to see a lot more guys putting their name in knowing they’ll go higher in this draft, even though they may not be ready, just because next year’s class has such incredible depth that they could actually play better and improve and drop their draft status next year,” one GM told ZagsBlog.com.
Hollins isn't currently on Chad Ford's Big Board, and at 6-foot-1 his lack of size isn't doing him any favors as far as the NBA goes, but this could still be something to think about over the next month.