Nov. 12, 2013
Minnesota junior Andre Hollins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason list, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced today. Hollins, a Third Team All-Big Ten performer as a sophomore, is one of 50 players chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts.
Hollins, who opened the season with an 18-point effort in a win over Lehigh Friday, was eighth in scoring in the Big Ten Conference last season, averaging a career-high 14.6 points per game. The Memphis native finished the season as one of the top three-point threats in the conference, as he ranked fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.418, 81-194) and second in average three-point field goals made per game (2.4).
Hollins, who is enrolled in the prestigious Carlson School of Management, shot .806 (112-139) from the free-throw line, good for sixth in the conference. He also averaged 3.4 assists per game, eighth in the conference. Hollins was a perfect 7-of-7 from the line in the season opener and currently holds a career free-throw percentage of .850 (204-240), the best percentage in the history of the Golden Gopher program.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gopher Men's Basketball season tickets are on sale now. Tickets for the 2013-14 season are available by calling 612.624.8080 or 1.800.UGOPHER or online at www.gophersports.com or www.mygophersports.com.
ABOUT THE JOHN R. WOODEN AWARD
The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 went to Stanford Head Women's Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.
Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name.
Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.
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