Get to Know Andre Hollins

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This cold January weather is a little different from what Tennessee native Andre Hollins is used to experiencing. But the Gophers' freshman guard has learned to make himself at home in Minnesota. Learn more about Hollins in the video above and in this written Q&A:

Q: How much does it help you to have an experienced junior guard like Julian Welch on the team?
A: It's a great help. I get to learn from him, because I haven't played college basketball, and he has. The way you get to learn, and pick up new things, and battle each other in practices--that's a great help.

Q: Talk a little bit about your state championship you won in high school.

A: It was one of the greatest feelings I've ever had. It was a magical run. It definitely boosted everyone's confidence on the team. We kind of got better after that. We made it to three state championships. My senior year we made it to the state tournament. We lost in the semifinals to the eventual state champions. It was a good tradition at White Station. I think that's part of the reason I'm here, because it was such a great tradition, playing with great people and a great coach.

Q: What did it mean to you to be named Tennessee's Mr. Basketball?
A: It was great. It was a great honor. Even though we didn't win the state championship, (the award) kind of took the sting off the loss a little bit, being named as one of the best players in Tennessee. I just take that as an honor. It kind of made me even hungrier to come into college and do better, because it's just a testament to what I can do. I just need to continue to work hard.

Q: Your fellow freshman Joe Coleman is also a state champion and Mr. Basketball. Talk a little about your similar backgrounds.
A: I think our state championships and our two Mr. Basketballs, that shows what kind of people we are. We work hard, and that's why Coach Smith recruited us. I think that brings a lot to the team.

Q: Gopher fans know that you and Austin Hollins are not related, but how often do other people get confused about you two?
A: Now that we play on TV, the announcers say that we're not related. So I think people know now, but there are still a few people who are confused.

Q: Are you and Austin close enough that you feel like you could be brothers?
A: Yeah, we're close enough to be brothers. We got really close in the summertime. It's like we're brothers now.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the state of Minnesota?
A: It would have to be the summertime. I love the lakes, going out on boats. And everybody's nice here. I'm enjoying it.

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