Lincoln's Tionne Rollins - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 11:18 PM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 06:18:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - State Runners-up is quite the accomplishment, but for Lincoln senior Tionne Rollins, it's only left him hungry for more.

"It's all I want, it's all I think about now," he said of last year's trip to Lakeland for the State Final Four. "I can't wait to go back."

Rollins is putting up the numbers to get them there. Fifteen points, nearly four assists per game leading the offense, and he's the guy this team has learned to depend on.

"Point guard is the natural leader of the team," said head coach Matt Anderson. "Just to have somebody you know you can depend on, get the ball up the floor, get everybody the right shots, to do the right things. He's not necessarily a vocal leader, but he is a very good leader."

"I try to be a role model, somebody they can look up to," added Rollins. "Somebody they can watch and be a good example so they can do what I do."

That leadership is not just limited to the hardwood. Rollins is a slam dunk in the classroom too, as he balances a 3.9 GPA.

"My parents, they're on me all the time!" he laughed. "I can't get away with anything. I just try to do my best for them. I'm very proud. I make my family proud, so I'm proud too."

"They realize he's doing it the way it's supposed to be done, especially with his grades," said coach Anderson of Rollins' teammates. "He's just one of those guys that he gets it done. You don't ever have to worry about that."

He's getting it done in the classroom, and leaving a lasting legacy on the court, something he can hang his hat on when it's all said and done.

"It's something I can tell my grand kids about when I'm old and can't play anymore," he said. "I feel really good about it."

He'll feel even better with a ring around his finger come March.