Post by dakyne on May 29, 2012 15:47:10 GMT -5
Hollis' career is a bit interesting. He left Loyola High School where he grew into a Top 25 recruit for a California Southern Section championship team to go to De La Salle, where he thought he'd get better coaching and preparation for school (moving from his mother's house to his father's to do so, IIRC). When his dad got moved to Georgia, I believe, for work, he then got his GED and enrolled a semester early at Georgetown, but didn't play at all that spring. After his sophomore year, having been a bench player, he declared for the draft to evaluate his prospects and get scout reports and evaluations, even though he wasn't on any draft radar. Now, after his junior year (though he will be graduating), he declares permanently for the draft despite being projected as a late 2nd round to undrafted free agent. The kid clearly has a lot of confidence in his ability and wants to go places. He seems to be fairly level-headed, intelligent, and a good kid, by all reports. But that is an interesting career path for someone who has not been considered a slam dunk prospect.
Regardless, best of luck, Hollis! I would love to see him as a shooter off the bench for my Laker Purple & Gold next year. Imagine Ramon Sessions and Kobe Bryant setting Hollis up in the corner for a 3! Swish!
Isn't there a rule that says once's you've thrown your hat in the NBA ring, you go to the combines, but do NOT sign with an agent, you can come back for one more year of college basketball, but cannot re-enter the NBA draft combine the following year and go back for another college season? In other words, you can only withdraw from the NBA draft once, and the following year, you have to declare and stay in it.
As for Hollis, I did not see him in a mock draft, but he and Sims are one of 60 who got an invite to the NBA draft combine list.
There are a lot of great college players who won't get drafted.
Edit: sorry, this list may have been posted already, but it's relevant. Apologies.