When Ryan Rollins’ future in the NBA becomes clear for the Warriors draft pick

Las Vegas – The Warriors has three future Hall of Famers Steve Curry, Clay Thompson and Draymond Green. Discuss it on your own time.

The three were far from certain of high school prospects. None of them received the prestigious five-star rating.

Curry was a three-star recruit from Charlotte Christian High School. His name did not appear in any lists of the best recruits. Both Thompson and Green were four-star inductees in the 2008 class, with Splash Brother from Santa Margherita Catholic High School ranked 51 in the country by the Rivals, and the striker from Saginaw High School came in first. .122.

This year in the NBA Draft, the Warriors’ top pick Patrick Baldwin Jr. was seen as the best high school recruit in the country and ranked fifth overall by ESPN in the 2021 class, ahead of Jabari Smith. , who finished third overall by the Houston Rockets a month ago. But with their second choice, they took a different path.

Ryan Rollins, like Carrie, was a three-star recruit. His name was also not on any top job listings. He then took a very similar college path out of Dakota High School in Macomb Township, Michigan, as Cary.

“In high school, it was basically in the middle of the majors. I’ve had a lot of MAC schools. My last three were Kent State,” Rollins told NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest episode of Dubs Talk in an interview during the Las Vegas Summer League. Toledo and Ball State.. I ended up choosing Toledo.

“It was the best decision for me. It’s close to home, it was a nice roster, nice coaching staff. I felt comfortable with the whole organization. I felt it was a good fit for me, and it was.”

As a high school student, Rollins was named All-State after averaging 25.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game. His mind had already made up his mind about his future before his last dominant high school season.

In the summer approaching his senior year, Rollins had committed to Toledo. The recruitment process ended, which was a relief to him.

“It was a bit stressful,” Rollins says of enlistment. “We had open gyms in high school and they’re back in all the open gyms in high school just recruiting me and talking to me. But I kind of got it off my shoulder.

“I committed early to the junior summer before my senior year just to get that weight off my shoulders and worry about basketball, not all the other things that come with it.”

Once Rollins arrived on campus, he had an immediate effect. All he needed was his third game to deliver a 20-point performance. Rollins started all 30 of his games for the Rockets, scoring double-digit points 25 times and scoring the 25th highest of the season in central Michigan.

He ranked second in the team with points (13.7), rebounds (5.2), and assists (2.7). Rollins led all the freshmen in MAC in terms of points per game, which is one of the reasons why he was named Freshman of the Year on MAC.

This opened his eyes to the future in the NBA.

“After my freshman year when I won Student of the Year, I knew that was going to be a possibility for me in the future,” Rollins said. “I didn’t think it would be so fast. But for me in the future I will definitely play basketball professionally.”

The junior season was only the beginning of something big. Rollins’ NBA prospects as a sophomore took off. Toledo led with 18.9 points and 1.7 steals, and was second in rebounds (6.0) and assists (3.7). The 35 mid-range weapon dropped on Coastal Carolina en route to the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau MVP title, and was MAC’s first team honor.

Those aren’t exactly Carrie Isky numbers, but Rollins definitely stood out among his college competitions. Fellow stars from mid-tier companies like Curry and CJ McCollum inspire Rollins to be next in the Warriors line.

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However, there is one player who will always be an inspiration. The tall and slender guard comes from Kobe Bryant Church.

“I loved the way he plays, his mentality,” Rollins said. “I love everything about Kobe and what he brought into the game. This was definitely my guy growing up.”

The Los Angeles Lakers traded their starting position in Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for Bryant on draft night in 1996. The Warriors sent the Atlanta Hawks $2 million to go from 51st to 44th to take Rollins last June, flirting with the idea of ​​jumping all the way to 30th place for him and they made him a talent in the first round. their great council.

They are true fans of the former three-star recruit, and believe it could be their latest standout.

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