Jeremy Hollowell becomes IU’s fifth commit in 2012 class

  • 03/24/2011 3:36 pm in

Jeremy Hollowell is a Hoosier.

The 6-7, 195-pound wing from Indianapolis announced that he’ll attend Indiana at a news conference today at Lawrence Central.

“At Indiana I see something pretty amazing about to happen, ” the junior wing told a group of assembled reporters. “And I wanted to make sure I was a part of that.”

Hollowell, the No. 38 player in the 2012 class according to ESPN.com, also considered Cincinnati, Ohio State and Purdue.

The versatile wing averaged 18.9 points and 7.1 rebounds in his junior season for 15-10 Lawrence Central.

“The biggest thing with him is that he’s turning the corner from prospect to player,” ESPN senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep told Inside the Hall of Hollowell. “The tools are there as a perimeter and even post up guy down the road.”

He’s the fifth commit in Tom Crean’s 2012 recruiting class, which also includes Ron Patterson (Broad Ripple), Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Park Tudor), Hanner Perea (LaPorte La Lumiere) and Peter Jurkin (United Faith Christian Academy, NC).

“This commitment solidifies them as a Top 5 class at worst and depending on what the others do could finish higher,” Telep added. “The tough part is trying to read the country and predict when Indiana has done the most work in the junior class. Right now, they’re running their own race and collecting talent.”

SCOUTING NOTES

ITH, July 2010:

The one thing that stands out with Hollowell is how easy he can make the game look. Some might mistake the effortless look for a lack of intensity, but he does approach the game with a great deal of effort. After a blowout victory in a game at the Kentucky Hoopfest, Hollowell said he wished the event had “super pools” so the competition would be tough in every game. At 6-7 with a wingspan of 6-11, he does a nice job of using his length to create turnovers on defense. His outside shot is excellent and when defenders come too close, he can attack off the dribble and finish in the lane.

Joe Eberhardt, August 2010

Hollowell’s the most versatile player in this class (in Indiana). He’s got the strength and length to mix it up down low as a rebounder, but the touch and skill to play on the perimeter. Jeremy’s also a big-time athlete and can block shots. He’s got a great feathery stroke on his jump shot and the ability to fill it up from deep. He’s often been knocked for his laid back demeanor, but is beginning to assert himself off the bounce and on the defensive end. His length makes him a very versatile defender, one who may be able to defend the 2, 3 or 4 in college.

ESPN

Jeremy is a skilled small forward with a multi dimensional game. He has a solid handle and can get in the lane against most opponents. He is good at creating offense off the dribble also. Hollowell is a good shooter with range to 20 feet. Jeremy’s size allows him to be an effective player in the low post when he is guarded by smaller opponents. When guarded by bigger, slower players he can take them on the perimeter and get around them or shoot over them.

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Here are a couple of looks at Hollowell, who stars in the summer for the Eric Gordon All-Stars:

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  • Anonymous

    Not going to worry about the minutes 2 years from now just going to enjoy the moment. Thanks Jeremy what a team. They might sell tickets to the practices that year. Gary you are next, don’t miss it. It will be a hell of a ride. Go Hoosiers

  • Indiana Red

    “its about to be a serious problem in 2012. Killmode”

    That’s the single greatest tweet in the history of tweets.

  • JerryCT

    I did not think you meant any disrespect at all ….. sorry if you thought so. I only meant to point out that he was the beginning

  • Anonymous

    I think everyone is going to need to improve in this category. After looking at Beard’s list no one jumps out as a big time defender except Patterson (though he hasn’t played a college game). Am I missing something/someone? Is Hollowell known for defense? I’m hoping for much improvement out of Oli/Sheehy.

    I think the whole program needs to shift all of its attention to the defensive side of the game. I am hoping that the talent alone that’s coming in will be enough to compete offensively with most teams.

  • Anonymous

    Jeremy “Stone” Hollowell

  • HoosierSmitty

    Thank you Jeremy! Welcome to Hoosier Nation!

  • HoosierSmitty

    Thank you Jeremy! Welcome to Hoosier Nation!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    “This is a movement . . . we’re looking at the ‘crimson’ revolution baby” just to quote a song.

  • Anonymous

    You know how when you first get a job, but before you get there and actually have to do any work, everything feels great and it’s all perfect? That’s this.

    With this much talent, someone(s) will be disappointed and unhappy. Some will leave. It’ll have to happen. The competition and winnowing will be as much a part of the success as the talent. But that’s later, over the next several years.

    Right now — no problem! Bring more!

  • Anonymous

    I am so excited about this! This is the most complete class I can ever remember coming to IU. What is more exciting is that they all seem to be high character players!

    So far as minutes are concerned, I think the competition for minutes will make everyone on this team better. Seniors like Mo and CW will be pushed by the Freshmen, and the Freshmen will push one another for 4 years.

    Great day! Way to go Coach!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    We are the greediest bunch of fans on the planet!

    But I’m right there with you . . . clap clap clapclapclap.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I have always wondered that actually! A few years ago I was thinking to myself, “Man, what if you put Oden, Conley, James, Harangody, etc. etc. etc. on one team?” That would be a real good team!

    Now we’re going to see exactly that. It’ll at least give us an idea how strong the state is because it’s going to be like an Indiana All-Star team out there, especially if Gary Harris boards the ship!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    It does say something about the coach. The product on the floor this year was not what we expected, he’s obviously doing things the right way (nobody’s gonna be driving a new Lexus around), and yet he still lands top recruit after top recruit.

    The interesting thing is he’s either solidifying his status as a legend or sealing his own fate as a failure because with the talent he’s bringing in, it will be win or ELSE! It’s exactly the situation you want as a coach. You want the best talent as a coach and you tell yourself, “If I can’t win with this talent, I deserve to be fired”!

  • Anonymous

    Atta boy, Milla. Thoughts of national championships, crushing PU and UK and wearing the Cream and Crimson with new pride is much more important than making $$$’s.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I agree. Plus, this should in theory be a team that you’re fine with a lot of substitutions because we’re going balls out for 40 minutes every game. I would expect us to pressure the ball and run run run with this talent level and the talent on the team allows guys to play multiple positions. I use Sheehey as an example this year. He did a great job a few times defending much taller players because of his athleticism. That should be the make up of the entire team by 2012.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I hate Thad Matta! I hate PUke! I hate pUKe!

    Soon, we’ll be thrashing them all!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Hopefully it will be needed at that point because we’re tired from running up and down the floor and beating teams by 30!

    I dream of the days when we get back to teams that beat NW and PSU by 30 at AH and 20 on the road. I loved those games when you could just relax and enjoy the show after about 10-15 minutes!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    He was heavily recruited by those other schools and from the sounds of it other schools as well, but he ignored them from the beginning. I think he has probably been an IU lock for a while now, but was just waiting for his own time to announce his decision after high school balls.

  • Anonymous

    He’s gonna be a stud!

  • Luke72

    Mr. Harris the Movement is waiting!

  • Anonymous

    So I am thinking a little smaller and quicker version of Christian Watford?

  • Anonymous

    Ja-mari Tray-lor (clap clap clap clap clap) …………………..Ja-mari Tray-lor (clap clap clap clap clap)

  • Anonymous

    Red:

    As we discussed in another thread, I think that may be a more realistic assessment of what we are going see than many of us thought. Without naming names, pick the players that you think will be on scholarship in 2012-2013 and I believe anyone who is a student of the game understands the style of ball that IU will be playing.

    Even the slo-mo instant replays will be a little blurry.

  • Anonymous

    Beard:

    I’ve been wondering if CTC and some of the current players have not had a one-on-one conversation this week that went something like this:

    CTC: Son, we’ve discussed the areas of your game that you need to work on to get better.

    Player: Right, Coach.

    CTC: I want to be up front with you. I expect that you will work on those areas for improvement and as long as you are working hard, maintaining your eligibility and doing nothing to embarrass the team or the university, your scholarship will be renewed for next year (2011-2012) if you decide to stay. However, barring some sort of unanticipated situation where several of the players who have given verbal commitments to IU for 2012, your scholarship will not be renewed for the forth year.

    You are welcome to stay with the team as a walk-on your Senior year as long as you abide by the rules.

    I just wanted to let you know far enough in advance so there were no surprises and you have time to make the decision that is right for you.

    ——-

    That would give those who eventually will give up/lose their scholarships an opportunity for another paid year or several other options including graduating early.

  • Anonymous

    I say it bring it on!–time for CTC to take a page out of Nolan Richardson’s book.

  • stonaroni

    Here is what we have:

    + Indiana kids who believe inthe program (+)
    + CZ at 6’11 altering lay ups (+)
    +HP altering shots (+)
    + PJ altering shots (+)
    + longer, stronger, more athletic SG/SF in WS, AE, Hollowell, and Buss (+)
    +Lightning quick guys in Yogi and VO toplay passing lanes (+)
    + The #1 fanbase rocking out Assembly Hall as the 6th man (+)

    All pluses (+); not one negative. Our defense will improve dramatically because off of these things listed.

    We also have stae champ leaders in CZ and Yogi. We have guys like AE, Yogi, and Buss who have recruited and begged others to play in this uniform. We have guys with a bit of an edge, swagger, passion and fire that you can see once they step foot on the court, something we are lacking.

    These classes will bring us something we haven’t seen since 1989, maybe the mid 70’s.

    Embrace it, and don’t doubt it yet. There is a 1000% change in the talent base.

    As long as CTC can creat the culture of hard work, dedication, team , and family, these kids will excel at IU.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. If we do not win a conferene title with these guys. Well we have a problem.

  • Anonymous

    Good God… how many times will this be addressed? Harris has been asked and has strongly indicated that he’s focusing on basketball.

  • InTheMtns

    That’s what I’m thinking, too, Ace — it will be all-out basketball for 40 minutes and will require every player. Some may play multiple positions, some may get more minutes than others, but everyone will have a role and everyone will play.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Hollowell will switch AAU teams…I know he is EG10 but playing with “THE CLASS” one year before college is hard to pass up…imagine that on the AAU circuit. AAU games might become sold out

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Hollowell will switch AAU teams…I know he is EG10 but playing with “THE CLASS” one year before college is hard to pass up…imagine that on the AAU circuit. AAU games might become sold out

  • kentuckyHOOSIER

    I live in Louisville and a few years ago I went to New albany and watched Eric Gordan’ s class play ….. At the front door I recieved a flyer about ” Inside the Hall ” . What a day that was . AND NOW I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK AND WATCH THIS CLASS ( HOPEFULLY W / HARRIS ) THE SIC SIX . THANKS JEREMY , THANKS COACH , AND THANK YOU ITH !!!

  • INUnivHoosier

    Imagine (again we’re all imagining – I wish we were living) this team against OSU’s current 7-8 player lineup. We would run them into the ground, literally. I can’t think of a team recently with such depth as this team will have in 2012-2013. I’m sure someone will help with a few suggestions, though.

  • Devout Hoosier

    We’ve noted before that the borders of Indiana are closed. Jeremy, another case in point. These kids are going to do something special in B-town again.

    Great decision Jeremy. Can’t wait to see you play on a big stage. My family, neighbors, and coworkers are getting tired of hearing who all these Super Indiana kids are coming to IU. Tomorrow I’m going to introduce them all to Jeremy Hollowell.

    C’mon Indiana All Stars, show the nation what a Hoosier is. Show how BBall is played best in the Midwest. We’ll turn you from Stars to Legends!

  • JerryCT

    Again I agree. I waited all season to see CTC to determine PT and lineups on the basis of D performance . Not sure it ever happened until his hand was forced by injuries.

    Also we never applied pressure at random spots in the game to keep the opponents off balance.

    Since defense is critical to :

    + winning on the road
    + creating offensive opportunities and runs
    + winning under adversity
    + coming from behind
    + winning championships

    I hope the staff responds to your challenge?

  • JerryCT

    Uncle:

    Maybe more importantly we will create an identity as a team or program.

    Right now we are known for nothing except losing.

  • JerryCT

    Uncle:

    Maybe more importantly we will create an identity as a team or program.

    Right now we are known for nothing except losing.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully with more focus on the defensive end! I think he can be better than CW. I know he isn’t the highest rated player CTC has gotten in this class, but I think I am more excited about him coming here than any of the others. Love his game.

  • Anonymous

    I think the two freshmen this season showed potential to each be defensive stoppers.

  • Anonymous

    I think 13 is generally the roster, but I believe home games often have more (although the extras are walk-ons.)
    I just looked at the Northwestern St. boxscore as an example and 15 guys played that game.

  • Anonymous

    Great point, Jerry.

  • TheTakeover2012

    You guys do know Jurkin is pronounced “Yurkin”, correct?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if all of them will be 4 year guys, but I don’t see any of them being one and done. If Harris signs, he could be a one and done, though. That is why I am more excited about getting Hollowell. I think he is a 4 year guy.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Doesn’t matter “Take”! You can never let a joke opening like this present itself without capitalizing on the opportunity!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    This year’s Zona team is very deep and it’s helping them in the tournament big time!