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Post play matters: 2023s Mitchell & Hollinger

Temperance Bedford senior Andrew Hollinger.

While doing it with very different styles, the paint play of Warren Lincoln’s Miles Mitchell and Temperance Bedford’s Andrew Hollinger have been vital to their teams’ successful seasons. Both senior forwards have next level potential and are available in the 2023 class.

Hollinger is an old school 4 man at 6-7. He’s the leading scorer and rebounder for a Bedford team that’s gone from four wins last season to 13-5 coming off an SEC-Red victory this week at Ann Arbor Skyline. Hollinger dominated the second half and finished with 34 points, including the game-winning shot.

Hollinger is a low-block scorer who thrives getting position for lobs then powering through with basic but efficient footwork. He’s also very valuable as a screener, strong and wide getting teammates breathing and shooting room from myriad sets. The same traits help Hollinger thrive on blobs. Not a blazer but runs consistently, giving himself deep touches on one end, and his team paint stops on the other. Could get meaner and hit a guy more consistently as a rebounder. Not a scholarship player as he can struggle against length, but throw in a 4.0 gpa and he could help a lot of D3s.

Conversely, length and athleticism are Mitchell, who is 6-9 but just glides up and down the court. While Hollinger is Bedford’s go-to guy, Mitchell actually comes off the bench for Lincoln, indicative of the kind of depth and talent that has them a favorite in Division 2 come March. He is the prototype modern frontcourt defender with his bounce defending the rim, and how how quickly he can emerge from the paint to guard the perimeter, playing low and wide. Offensively he’s a dunk threat on the offensive glass or tee’d up from the Blackwell Bros’ penetration. Keeps the ball high on put-backs and tips, and on the defensive glass is conscientious tagging a man . If not dunking or shooting bunnies, his touch tends toward hard-handed. Can commit some silly fouls. Mitchell has high-end potential given he has traits in demand.

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