Andre Hollins could have two different levels of impact this season, depending on fluctuating circumstances.
Hollins is the highest-rated recruit in this class, according to ESPN (a 93 grade) and Rivals.com (No. 110 on the Rivals 150).
The best-case scenario would be that he steps in and proves that he has the ability to play point guard right away. This way, he could become the starting point guard immediately, beginning a wonderful career as Al Nolen's replacement.
The other case, which is still acceptable, would be a backup role to Julian Welch, the junior college transfer from Yuba College. Welch has more experience and may be more prepared to lead a Big-Ten team as a starting point guard. In this scenario, Hollins can play solid minutes while honing his skills and gaining experience.
Hollins is likely to turn out to be the best guard that Tubby Smith has recruited to the University of Minnesota thus far.
Whether he starts as a freshman or grows into the starting role, Hollins will be seen on the court in 2011-12 and for years to come.