University of Washington
One-year letterman ... Majoring in biochemistry ... Was offered a full academic scholarship to Arizona in 2001, but opted to enroll at Mesa (Ariz.) Community College and play basketball instead ... Transferred to Washington prior to the 2003-04 season and was a part-time starter last season ... Also recruited by Connecticut, Minnesota, UC Santa Barbara and several Pac-10 schools ... His coach at Mesa Community College was former Arizona State and NBA great Alton Lister who was a Milwaukee Bucks teammate of Husky coach Lorenzo Romar in 1984-85.
2003-04 (Junior) -- Played all 31 games, starting the first five ... Helped the Huskies to a 19-12 record and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999 ... The 12-6 Pac-10 record and second-place conference finish were UW's best since 1986 ... Totaled six points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots in UW's loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Tallied career-high 14 points at Arizona (Feb. 26) ... Led the team and ranked seventh among Pac-10 players with 38 blocked shots ... His 38 blocks tied for sixth on UW's single-season list ... Registered six blocked shots at California (Jan. 2), just one shy of the school single-game record of seven held by David Dixon ... Had a double-double against Arizona in the semifinal round of the Pac-10 Tournament (Mar. 12) with 10 points and 10 rebounds ... Helped the Huskies sweep on their road trip to his home state of Arizona, UW's first sweep in the desert since 1984 ... Had 14 points and three blocks at Arizona (Feb. 26) followed by a 12-point, five-rebound performance at Arizona State (Feb. 28) ... Recorded five double-figure scoring games ... Twice reached double-figures in rebounds with 10 at California (Jan. 2) and 10 vs. Arizona (Mar. 12) in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinal ... Played a season-high 34 minutes at Oregon State (Jan. 17).
Mesa Junior College
Averaged 24.8 points during the 2003 season to lead all scorers in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) ... Grabbed 8.9 rebounds per game ... A 2003 honorable mention Junior College All-American ... A first-team all-conference selection in 2003 ... Garnered All-Region 1 accolades his sophomore season ... Played under Coach Alton Lister, a former Arizona State and NBA standout center.
Mesa High School
Averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game as a senior in 2001, helping Mesa High School to a 17-13 record ... Mesa finished the season in third place in the East Valley League.
Coach Romar on Hakeem Rollins
"As you go back and look at our season last year, there were several games that we don't win if we don't have Hakeem Rollins. There were several others that he kept us in the games and we didn't win. He had six blocked shots at Cal. Hakeem in his first year of division one ball was great. It got to a point at the end of the year that we knew what we were getting. We were counting on him to come in and provide what he gave us. He is the strongest physically in the weight room on our team. He could possibly emerge as a real force for us this year."
Rollins news and features:
Rollins solid from hardwood to classroom - Seattle Times (March 19, 2005)