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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Tra-Deon Hollins dribbles the ball down the court during the second quarter of the game against Iowa Wolves at the Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Tra-Deon Hollins, left, tries to find an opening around Iowa's Anthony Brown during the second quarter of the game against Iowa Wolves at the Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 8:20 pm

Hollins has wild double-double for Mad Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

We can talk about DeQuan Jones’ 40 points – he’s only the second Mad Ants player since 2013 to do it (Walt Lemon Jr. was the other) – and it was of course the most important part of the Mad Ants’ 103-89 victory today over the Iowa Wolves.

But this may be far more interesting: Rookie Tra-Deon Hollins, who a year ago was facing the likes of IPFW in the Summit League, and who just took over the starting point guard job last week because Lemon and Trey McKinney Jones were called to the NBA, had one of the wildest statistical nights anyone around here could remember.

Hollins had 0 points, 14 assists and 10 steals over 42:38. That’s right, a double-double with no points.

“That double-double is a testament to how good a player he is,” Jones said. “The thing about T-D that’s great is you enjoy playing with him because he takes so much pride in those little things, like getting steals and getting guys involved and getting assists. It was a pleasure to watch that.”

Video of Hollins' game is above.

Hollins wasn’t available for comment because his name came up for the G League’s random drug testing protocol, but his teammates were more than happy to rave about a guy they’ve said all season long was capable of great things.

“It’s going to sound cliché but I knew from the beginning of the season that he had the potential to do this,” Jones said. “It’s new to a lot of people but I saw it early on. It’s a testament to his hard work, his dedication, getting into the gym early and really taking care of his body.”

Rookie center Ike Anigbogu, who had a career-best 19 points, said of Hollins: “T-D is a real special player and he takes pride in all the stuff he does. It’s great playing with someone like that. … I hope he’s drawing eyes, getting attention, because when you have a player like that it’s easy to be successful and it’s easy to win. Having a guy like that who’s not selfish, it makes everyone else want to play the same way, want to play great team basketball.”

The Mad Ants drafted Hollins from Omaha in large part because of his defensive abilities and they consulted with IPFW coach Jon Coffman, who gave rave reviews.