Pac-12 Transfer Alfred Hollins Gives UTEP Length and Experience
After months of recruiting, the Miners men's basketball roster is finally set. Former Oregon State forward Alfred Hollins announced via Instagram that he will be transferring to UTEP to play out his final season of eligibility. The 6-6 swingman will be slotted in the lineup as a 4, but he can play 1-4 and he gives the Miners lots of versatility.
Hollins started 53 games for the Beavers during his time in Corvallis, but he transferred last winter when he lost out on playing time. For UTEP, the addition of the former Pac-12 veteran could not have come at a better time, since school had started this week and the clock was ticking fast on getting that final player enrolled in classes before the deadline.
Hollins career numbers do not look impressive on the stat sheet: 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He is also a career 42% shooter, including 26% from three-point range. However, those numbers are based on an average of just 17.2 minutes per game. Hollins could see a major boost in minutes at UTEP and his production would increase with a larger role on the Miners. Specifically, Coach Golding would need him to rebound and provide good defense against opposing guards and forwards. He also did not get an opportunity to score much at Oregon State, but that will change now that he shifts to from the Pac-12 to Conference USA.
The addition of Hollins and Kevin Kalu means that Coach Golding has given out all 13 scholarships for this season. The Miners will open up play on November 9th at home against Western New Mexico.