June 29, 2006
Ryan Hollins, UCLA's starting center as a senior who helped lead the Bruins last April to the NCAA Championship game, on Wednesday was selected in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats(50th selection).
Hollins, a 7-0 ½ post player, becomes the 100th UCLA player to be selected in Bruin draft history (UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, since 1948). Hollins is the second Bruin drafted tonight, joining Bruin sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar, who was a first round selection (26th pick) by the Los Angeles Lakers. UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 10 years (since 1997). Hollins is the first Bruin center drafted since Dan Gadzuric in 2002 (Milwaukee Bucks, 2nd round, 34th selection).
"I'm elated for Ryan and excited for his new NBA career with the Charlotte Bobcats," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "He had an exceptional finish to his senior season, helping to lead us to the NCAA Final and being named the Most Outstanding Player at the Oakland Region. I am confident he will continue to build on this momentum. He's only 21 years old (won't be 22 until Oct. 10), extremely bright, with a great work ethic. There's no question his best basketball days are ahead of him. I predict Ryan will have a long and productive career as a professional basketball player."
Below is a synopsis of Hollins' standout senior season, helping to lead UCLA to the NCAA Championship game (first time since 1995), and to the Pac-10 Regular Season (first time since 1997) and Tournament (first time since 1987) championships. In 2005-06, UCLA set the school record for most games played (39, 32-7) and tied the school record for most wins (32, with UCLA's 1995 NCAA Championship team that was 32-1).
15 Ryan Hollins
7-0 1/2, 230, Sr., C, Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
2005-06 SEASON AVERAGES - In 33 games, including 24 starts (first five games and 19 of the final 20), he averaged 21.5 minutes, 7.0 points and 4.8 rebounds (No. 2 on the team), while shooting .619 (No. 2, 83-134) from the floor and .602 (65-108) from the line. He strained his groin in warm-ups vs. Sacramento State (did not play) and also missed the following five games.
During the final 13 games, he averaged 9.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 23.8 minutes, making 47 of 69 shots (.681) from the floor.
In the NCAA Tournament, he averaged 10.7 points (No. 4), 6.3 rebounds (No. 2) and 1.3 blocks while shooting .719 (23-32) from the floor and .621 (18-29) from the line. In Oakland, he was selected MOP of the Tournament after averaging 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while making nine of 12 shots from the floor. In the Pac-10 Tournament, he averaged 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting .722 (13-18) from the floor and .588 (10-17) from the line.
His field goal percentage of .619 (83-134) ranks No. 9 on UCLA's single-season list and is the highest since Jelani McCoy set the school record of .756 in 1997.
HOLLINS' 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS -- 35 minutes vs. OSU (1/28); 17 points vs. Oregon State (3/11); 10 rebounds vs. Florida (4/3); 1 assist vs. LSU (4/1), ARIZ (3/10), OSU (3/9), STAN (3/4), OSU (1/28), WVU (1/21), Albany (11/29), DS (11/19), NMS (11/15); 2 steals vs. ARIZ (3/10), WSU (2/9); 4 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/28).
HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS -- 36 minutes vs. WSU (2/3/05), ASU (2/12/04); 21 points vs. USC (1/28/04); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 2 steals vs. Arizona (3/10/06), WSU (2/9/06), California (2/19/04); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).
UCLA CAREER CHARTS - Blocked Shots - 4th, 101.