DO YOU KNOW RYAN HOLLINS?
Here are five things you may or may not know about Clippers center Ryan Hollins:
1. Out of the five veterans the Clippers acquired prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, Hollins had played with three of them at previous stops in his basketball career. He was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats alongside Jared Dudley, played with Darren Collison at UCLA and with J.J. Redick on an AAU team when the two were in high school.
2. Hollins has hosted a basketball camp at John Muir High School in Pasadena for the last four summers. It usually draws as many as 150 youngsters between the ages of 7 and 17, including attracting a few of the top high school talents in Southern California. Ultimately, Hollins says it is all about giving back and instilling pride in his hometown and the school where his No. 15 jersey hangs on the wall.
3. He wants to go into broadcasting after his playing career and guest hosted on several sports radio talk shows around Los Angeles in the summer of 2013. At UCLA, however, Hollins did not major in broadcasting or communications. In fact, he was an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll member at the school while studying history.
4. Basketball is not the only sport Hollins has excelled in. as a true freshman at UCLA, he tied for ninth place at the NCAA Regionals when he cleared 6-8 in the high jump. The 7-foot tall Hollins also participated in the long jump and triple jump.
5. While Hollins fell to the No. 50 selection in the 2006 NBA Draft, he became 100th player in UCLA history to be chosen in the Draft. Six more players have been picked from UCLA since then, including 2013 Timberwolves lottery choice Shabazz Muhammad.