Minnesota's Hollinses not related

Minnesota's Austin Hollins, left, and Andre Hollins are often confused as brothers, but the two say they are not related. (Photos by The Associated Press)

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Andre and Austin Hollins have a couple of things in common. And it's not their parents. The two players are on the same team (Minnesota) and are the top two scorers on the team. On Friday night, Andre scored 28 points and Austin had 16 in the win over UCLA. But they are not brothers. “People still get us confused as brothers,” Austin said. “Occasionally, but we're used to it by now. We're like brothers because this is a brotherhood.”

The two players grew up in Tennessee — Andre in Memphis and Austin in Germantown — and knew each other in high school. “After one game, our parents met, they were trying to figure out what the other Hollins was because we wore the same number,” Andre said. “We wore the same number in high school and in the box score for Germantown it was ‘A. Hollins, 20,' and then for White Station (where Austin played) ‘A. Hollins 20.' That was a weird coincidence. “We found out we're not related. He was one of the deciding factors for me coming here (to Minnesota). He was my host when I came. So from his advice, you know, we're still tight to this day.”

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