11.5 MPG 3.5 PPG 3 RPG .4 APG .3 SPG .5 BPG 60.3 % FG 0.0 % 3FG
Hines had an up and down sophomore season but saw consistent improvement in his play. Overall, he appeared in 31 games and started 5 of them at the forward position. In his role, he primarily served as a backup big man for Rashaan Holloway and added much needed depth to a young front court. A broken foot derailed his first season but he came back stronger last year to provide rebounding and a defensive spark that was vital to Umass’ success at times. In a non-conference slate against Wagner, Hines finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and even 2 steals while playing a season high 27 minutes. Still, his best performance came late in the year against St. Bonaventure when he recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds on nearly perfect shooting from the floor. Overall, he proved himself a capable rim protector as he finished fourth on the team in blocks (.5) and was named the most outstanding player in the Gotham Classic in which UMass dismantled Pacific in a come from behind victory.
Hines was already set for a prominent role this season but with the preseason injury to Rashaan Holloway, he will have to fill the void of his interior presence until Holloway fully recovers. Hines has proved himself to be a reliable rebounder and defender in the past, providing second chance opportunities and altering shots at the rim. This season, he must show confidence and improvement in his offensive game, particularly when his back is to the basket. Regardless, with playmakers such as Pipkins and Anderson constantly penetrating into the lane and drawing defenders, Hines will be the beneficiary of many lay-ups and high percentage looks. If he is able to incorporate his raw size into his offensive skill set, he should see the floor more consistently.
Role/Attributes: Starting Power Forward, Strong Rebounder, Interior Defender
Quote: Hines on playing both against and alongside teammate Rashaan Holloway
“Every year you want to get better as a player. It started this summer with strength and conditioning,”…“From guarding Rashaan in practice everyday, he’s hard to guard. When my head’s on straight, we’ll be pretty nasty together.”
Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette Article http://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-C-Rashaan-Holloway-out-with-thumb-injury-13062244 By Matt Vautour