For Gophers' Andre Hollins, it's a confidence game

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2013 - 11:19 AM

Andre Hollins is showing a lot more assurance -- and channeling his coach -- this season.

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hobie2Jan. 6, 1312:36 AM

Good coaches really do manipulate players emotions and confidence... it's a tool in their tool box and is OK for a coach to do if the coach only does it constructively, to get the most out of them as a player..... A odd thing - the other day, right after watching Pek get 14-16 of his 28 or so points off pick and rolls and the Wolves group showing the technique, I saw Smith's TV show where Smith was also telling of the pick and roll and showed a tape of how Mbakwe sets the pick and then rolls. And I think - yup, pick and rolls are the big man's best scoring move, their bread and butter for scoring --- And it struck me - Eliason is our tallest and longest big and hardly scores, but he sets picks constantly - and the DUH alarm goes off... I swear I have never seen Eliason get a feed pass on a pick and roll all season... Has anyone ever seen Eliason ever get a feed off a pick and roll? Ever? Even one?... I am serious - EVER? Mbakwe gets feeds off the pick for basket moves, and Eliason sets a ton of picks - but I can't recall even one basket-feed to a roll off a pick... Now, these are college educated kids, and the pick and roll is not rocket science - 6th graders do it to perfection, so it's not that a player can't do it - ESPECIALLY a big... I am serious - any idea why a coach would not have a 7 footer - his longest player - doing pick and rolls for score at every opportunity? What if Mbakwe goes down - no pick and rolls at MN?

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mlemke63Jan. 6, 13 8:10 AM

Ellison's agent chimes in...give it up, he's not going to the NBA.

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sane09Jan. 6, 13 9:36 AM

"any idea why a coach would not have a 7 footer - his longest player - doing pick and rolls for score at every opportunity?"...Is it possible that his Head Coach, his assistants, and his teammates have seen him running pick-and-rolls at practice (even more often than you have), and were less than impressed with the results?

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hjlazniJan. 6, 13 9:42 AM

Last year Smith played Maverick ahead of Andre in mid season and we remember the results, a ninth place Big Ten finish. hobie2,Smith does not like to play a center, he likes two forwards. Iverson, Eliason and Mo made little progress here. Smith has never played Eliason, Mbakwe and Rodney together this year, a big mistake on Smith's part.

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sane09Jan. 6, 1310:06 AM

"Smith does not like to play a center"...Then how did Ralph Simpson III (or was it IV, V or VI?) hold onto his job for four years)

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sane09Jan. 6, 1310:08 AM

Make that Ralph SAMPSON....I guess I confused him with Homer SIMPSON.....DOH!!!

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markdandersoJan. 6, 1312:54 PM

It is great to see Andre Hollins grow and mature into his role. He has definately shown huge progress from a year ago. It sounds like he is aware of his responsibility as a floor leader, and that his fellow players have complete confidence in him - as does Coach Smith. Tonight, I would like to see them take it to the Wildcats early; command the game early. Good luck tonight! Cannot wait.

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stpauloldiesJan. 6, 13 3:05 PM

I hate to say it, but the turning point for the Gophers BB program last season came when we lost Mbakwe last season before the opening of the Big Ten slate, and Tubby had to go with a 3-guard lineup. Even if Trevor hadn't gone down, our young contingent of guards weren't ready for post-season play. But with the baptism under fire in the Big Ten and NIT run, our guards went from being boys to becoming men. With Mbakwe coming back, this team suddenly went from lower-tier to a team loaded with talent. ..... After the defeat of Michigan St. on Monday, Tom Izzo responded to one question from a reporter by saying that the Gophers have good guards ..... "A slew of them" .... an obvious referral to the quality and depth of our bench. That's a good testimonial to where the Gophers are right now.

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