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Hollins gets the final laugh ...

Nice story from Brian Dohn:

Thinking of center Ryan Hollins as an NBA draft-able player six months ago was laughable. He wasn't a starter at UCLA, looked lost offensively and over-matched defensively.

But once UCLA coach Ben Howland figured out how to best utilize the athletic Hollins, his play improved drastically and his stock soared.

If Hollins had another year, perhaps he could have worked his way into the first round. Even so, the Muir High School product was thrilled to be selected by Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats in Wednesday's second round (50th overall) of the NBA draft. He was the 100th UCLA player drafted all-time.

"When you drop down the board, it's like you're sitting on pins and needles," Hollins said. "You get a little nervous. Charlotte told me they liked me but didn't think I'd be available at No. 50. But when you see your name on the board, it's just joyous."

Congrats to Ryan. He has earned this. Let's hope he keeps working hard and end up enjoying a great pro. career. I will always remember him for moments like this:

Ryan with the clutch free throws. Ced and Jordan with the defensive pressure. I will never get tired of watching that clip. Congrats again to Ryan.