Photo Credit: The Summit League
We recently had the opportunity to interview Omaha Mavericks’ guard Tra-Deon Hollins. Hollins is a 6’2″, 195-pound senior from Omaha, Nebraska.
Hollins spent his freshman season playing for the Central Community College (CCC) Raiders, averaging 17.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game, as well a 4.1 steals per game, which led all players in the country. He spent his sophomore season playing for the Chipola Indians, averaging 13.6 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 6.6 assists per game.
Hollins played in all 32 of Omaha’s games this past season and averaged 32.9 minutes per game, 13.4 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 6.5 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 3.3 steals per game. He shot 42.7% from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range, and 78.9% from the free throw line. His minutes, assists, and steals per game averages all led the Mavericks, and his steals per game average led all NCAA basketball players for the second consecutive season.
Over his 2-year NCAA Division I basketball career, Hollins played in 64 games and averaged 32.6 minutes per game, 13.0 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 6.3 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game, and 3.7 steals per game. His career shooting percentages are 44.3% from the field, 30.0% from 3-point range, and 76.5% from the free throw line.
The Mavericks advanced to the Summit League tournament championship this past season before being eliminated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits by a score of 79-77.
Here is the Q&A we were able to conduct with Hollins.
How did you decide on Omaha?
Omaha is my hometown and I wanted to play here at home.
What has been your biggest highlight in your NCAA basketball career?
Leading the NCAA in steals
What has been your biggest disappointment in your NCAA basketball career?
Missing the shot to send us to the Big Dance
What basketball players/teams were you a fan of growing up?
Chris Paul; I’m a big (Los Angeles) Clippers fan
Is your goal to make it to the NBA? If not, what is your career goal?
Would love to play in the NBA, but my goal is to graduate and become a juvenile probation officer.
What are some of the advantages in your mind of playing for a smaller school like Omaha as opposed to a larger school? How about disadvantages?
Advantage is we are slept on until we come out and surprise you and the disadvantage is we are slept on and don’t get the respect we deserve.
How did you get to be so good at stealing the basketball?
Defense was my role in high school and I just worked hard at perfecting my craft.
What do you enjoy besides basketball?
Being around my daughter and poetry
Last but not least, who are you pulling for in Phoenix this weekend?
Don’t really care lol but South Carolina. Played against (Sindarius) Thornwell and love the style Frank Martin has them playing.