October 4, 2010

Rebels entertain top targets O'Bryant, Hollins

Four-star power forward Johnny O'Bryant is pretty sure he knows where he's going to play college basketball.

However, the 6-foot-8 Cleveland (East Side), Miss., star said Sunday night he's going to wait a week or two before he announces his plans.

Some will say O'Bryant is merely building the suspense, but the nation's No. 37 ranked prospect said he's merely making sure.

"I kind of know where I'm going," O'Bryant said, declining to even list a group of favorites at this point. "I just want to take some time off and just make sure I'm making the right decision."

O'Bryant spent Thursday evening, Friday and part of Saturday on an official visit to Ole Miss. He has also taken official visits to Maryland and LSU. Miami, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State have been mentioned prominently throughout O'Bryant's recruiting. However, O'Bryant said Sunday he's through with his official visits. Most sources familiar with the process believe Ole Miss and LSU lead Maryland.

"It went well," O'Bryant said of his visit to Ole Miss. "They respect basketball there. Guys get good coaching. I'd already been there a couple of times. It was a trip I liked. It's a great place."

O'Bryant said he spent a lot of his time visiting with current Rebels Terrence Henry and Dundrecous Nelson.

"They said they really like the place," O'Bryant said. "They really like Coach (Andy) Kennedy and the environment and the playing style."

O'Bryant's mother and high school coach accompanied the nation's No. 8 power forward on the visit. O'Bryant said his mom "thought it was great. She got down there and she wanted to see some things for herself. She asked a lot of questions and got answers. She thought it was a fun trip."

ONE VISIT REMAINS FOR HOLLINS: Memphis (White Station), Tenn., guard Andre Hollins wrapped up his fourth of five official visits Sunday.

"It went well, really well," Hollins said of his official visit to Ole Miss. "I learned about the honors college that they have. They have a really, really good honors college. I learned a lot about the academics there. I wouldn't settle if I went to Ole Miss. I could go to the honors college and be the first major football or basketball player to get into the honors college. I learned a lot. It's ranked as the third-best honors college (nationally). The classes would be accelerated. It seemed like a real good program."

Hollins was hosted by Ole Miss guard Zach Graham, one of several rising senior guards on the Rebels' roster. The availability of very early playing time in the Southeastern Conference caught Hollins' eye as well.

"They're losing Chris Warren and Zach, and it would be an opportunity for me to come in and play," Hollins said.

Ole Miss has been recruiting Hollins since the ninth grade, so the Rebels' coaches already had a strong relationship with the 6-2 combo guard. However, he said the relationship with the Ole Miss staff moved "to another level."

Hollins has already taken official visits to Auburn, Harvard and Minnesota. He'll visit Stanford on Oct. 15-17 before returning home to mull over his decision.

"I think the thing that matters most is I find the place where I'm most comfortable," Hollins said.

Hollins said he was "very comfortable" at Ole Miss, before adding that he's also "very comfortable with all my other choices."

In other words, Hollins admitted with a laugh, each visit is making his ultimate decision tougher.

"My parents and I are going to sit down and balance out the pros and cons of each program and how I'd benefit from it, what opportunities present themselves and where I feel most comfortable," Hollins said. "Then we'll decide. After every trip, it makes it harder. It's good and bad at the same time. I want to be informed, though. That way I'll make the right decision in the long run."

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