Rollins was named MAC Freshman of the Year in 2021 after averaging 13.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 30 games. He started every game that season and finished second in scoring on the team behind Marion Jackson.
After that, Rollins raised his game to the next level last season.
Average 18.9 points, six rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 34 games, earning a spot on the All-MAC first team. His 641 points were the third in the program’s history as he became the fourth player to reach at least 1,000 points in two seasons.
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– Toledo men’s basketball (@toledo_mbb) March 5, 2022
Now, Rollins is looking to transfer that success to the NBA.
He was a highlight of the group last month, measuring 6 feet 3 inches in boots with 6 feet 9 wingspan. He was restricted to the fastest shuttlecock at 3.07 seconds and scored 11 points, five rebounds and three assists in his solo match.
After this show, Rollins began to appear more and more on the draft boards. He is now considered a potential first-round pick and is on the cusp of becoming the first drafted Rocket since Casey Shaw was selected 37th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1998.
Rookie Wire met with Rollins on Wednesday to discuss his career, the pre-draft process, what he wants to take to the next level and more.
please note: This interview has been slightly edited for clarity
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– Toledo men’s basketball (@toledo_mbb) June 1, 2022
RR: It was cool, especially when you’re in the middle of a major. I was just kind of putting Toledo on the map and the conference in general; This is a difficult conference. Being there and being able to put in a good season and win the regular season was definitely a good thing.
Toledo Tweet embed He took the tournament MVP awards and helped Toledo win the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship by averaging 24.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and dropping 16 of 19 FT attempts in three contests. Tweet embed | # the work pic.twitter.com/jPiyVnT4mR
– #MACtion (MACSports) November 29, 2021
RR: It was exciting. My mom was there, and my aunt was there. The people were there and I had to play a great game in a completely different country. It was amazing to be able to do that and win the championship as well.
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– Toledo men’s basketball (@toledo_mbb) May 19, 2022
RR: very useful. It allows me the ability to be a great two-way player by using my height to find distractions and lots of steals by being active on the defensive end. I’ve been using it my whole life so I think it will help in the NBA as well.
A large audience of NBA executives came to watch Ryan Rollins’ Toledo professional day. He showed off his fluidity, polish and ability to make the shot smooth. pic.twitter.com/YyxyrFsQ6I
– Jonathan Jevoni (@DraftExpress) May 16 2022
RR: I had 10 rehearsals. Throughout the trainings, I was trying to compete and dominate the drills and be one of the best players out there, which I think I did to most of them. I was just going to play my game. The team I was in won the majority of matches, so I just wanted to compete at a high level.