Why NBA Fans Should Watch the Minnesota Gophers This Year

November 24th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
If you're into picking sleepers for the NBA draft, you might want to check out a Minnesota Gophers game.

They just knocked off Memphis and Stanford on consecutive days and are a team with some interesting individual storylines: three NBA prospects at three different phases of development.

Against Memphis Friday afternoon in the Battle 4 Atlantis, a Minnesota sophomore stole the headlines. Saturday, Tubby Smith's crew defeated Stanford in a rematch of last year's NIT Championship game.

The big news of the weekend centered around Andre Hollins, a sophomore point guard who had shown promise as a freshman. The promise didn't result in any national attention, nor did it garner him any legitimate recognition from pro scouts.

That might have changed when Hollins scored 41 points against an athletic and talented Memphis team. Hollins was ridiculous. You couldn't watch it without wondering what's next.

Physically, he's got the build of an NBA point guard, so his performance didn't look fluky. It appeared as if we were watching a young prospect advancing to the next stage in his development.

Hollins struggled to back up his ma ...

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