Andre and Austin Hollins have a lot in common beyond sharing the same last name. Both of the them played high school hoops in Memphis, Tennessee. Both were recruited by Tubby Smith to play for the Gophers. Now alongside each other in the Minnesota backcourt, Andre and Austin both eclipsed 1000 career points this December.
Although Andre is the team's leading scorer, with 16 points per game, Austin is often considered the most valuable player on the team. The senior leader is extremely versatile and stuffs the stat sheet in almost every category. He's in the top-20 in the Big Ten in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. Playing against South Dakota State on December 10th, Austin stole the show in his milestone game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, both season-bests for the elder Hollins, and the Gophers won 75-59.
It wasn't long before Andre also reached the millennium mark. The junior point guard eclipsed 1000 career points in the Gophers next game, a matchup with Nebraska-Omaha on December 20th. Like Austin, Andre made the most of his big day, scoring 18 points and adding 10 rebounds, a career-best on the boards. The Gophers desperately needed that performance from Andre. The game was tied at 44 at half, and Nebraska-Omaha kept it close for the majority of the second half. Minnesota finally pulled away for a 92-79 victory.
Austin and Andre Hollins are the 38th and 39th members of Minnesota's 1000 point club, a group that includes recent standouts Rodney Williams and Blake Hoffarber and past stars Kevin McHale and Lou Hudson. If Austin maintains his current pace of 13.5 points per game, he will be 16th on Minnesota's all-time scoring list at the end of the regular season. With a slight increase in scoring, Austin has a legitimate chance to reach the top 10.
Andre Hollins may be gunning for the top spot on the Gophers' all-time scoring list, a position which is currently held by former All-American and 2-time NBA champion Mychal Thompson. Assuming Andre stays for his senior season and remains healthy, he has at least 54 games left. If he continues his current average of 16 points per game, Andre would have 1,876 points through the end of next season, making him second on the Gophers' career scoring list and only 116 points short of Thompson. But that still doesn't account for potential victories in the conference tournament and postseason play, whether it be the NIT or NCAA tournament. A slight jump in scoring or a couple of short postseason runs could very well make Andre Hollins the all-time leading scorer in Minnesota Golden Gopher history.