Hollowell talks about decision to join Indiana Elite

  • 04/05/2011 10:39 pm in

As first reported earlier today by Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star, 2012 IU commit Jeremy Hollowell will play this spring and summer with Indiana Elite.

The 6-7 Hollowell played for the Eric Gordon All-Stars last year, but decided to make the move to Indiana Elite for the opportunity to play with fellow IU commits Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin.

Inside the Hall caught up with Hollowell on Tuesday night for a brief Q & A:

On the decision to move to Indiana Elite:

“After I committed to IU pretty much I knew I was going to do it. It seemed only right to do it. I’m going to be going to college with those guys. So having a chance to play AAU with them, getting a feel for playing with them, just bonding over the summer, that can only help us prepare for the future and things like that. So I just thought it would be a good thing to do.”

On getting back on the court this weekend at the IndyBall.com Shootout:

“I’m excited to get back into the AAU season. My last AAU season. I’m just ready for a great summer, really.”

On the opportunity to play with future teammates this spring and summer:

“I think it’s pretty big. Knowing those four were playing with each other and them being on another team, it kind of seemed like, ‘why wouldn’t I be playing with them?’ I’m going to school with them, so I think that was a major part of it. Just knowing that we’re going to the same school, having the opportunity to play AAU with them. I still like my Eric Gordon team, though. This is just what I wanted to do, seemed like the right thing to do, so I’m going to go ahead and do it. Nothing against my team from last year, just preparing for my future.”

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  • Anonymous

    This is nothing but good news, imo! The entire ’12 class playing together before they get to campus! Now I know what my 5 year old goes through waiting for Christmas! The 2012 season can’t get here soon enough!

  • Love it!

  • jgongora86

    so is it possible that technically these guys would be classified as sophomores? If they know each other you think they play ball from word go? Can Coach give them advice on the formations they should run?

  • Anonymous

    Only good things can come from this. I am incredibly excited for what’s to come in the future.

  • Anonymous

    This is nothing but great news! If I’m not mistaken Gary Harris also plays for Elite. I’m hoping for a great summer from all five of them and a hopeful Harris commitment in the fall!

  • Kelin Blab

    These kids are not coming to Indiana to play together, they are coming to win.

  • N71

    I’m not sure about Gary Harris but DSR has played on the Indiana Elite team the past couple of years.

  • Harris plays for D3 Heat.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, they played together last summer with AE also.

  • Plane1972

    If Crean really wanted to insert himself, he could have a say on who coaches them this Summer on Elite then hire the guy on his staff after the fact. But, I don’t think that is as important as these guys just playing with one another, learning each other’s games and having some fun developing their friendships.

  • Tjdarts

    Wouldn’t be surprised the if the NCAA starts to take a closer look into AAU programs and just how they are run. I am not saying that there is anything crooked going on, but look at it from the eyes of someone not a fan of IU. I am extremely happy that these guys are getting ready to play together in college by bonding and getting used to each other through their AAU experiences. I can’t think of any other programs that have so many of their commitments already developing that kind of teamwork. Take advantage while we can!

  • Anonymous

    I like him already. He sounds like a really smart kid and he undoubtedly plays ball well. That is a great combination in my book.

  • millzy32

    On a side note Michael Chandler has quit school. Sounds like a very troubled young man. Although I am glad that we stopped our recruitment of him I’d like to wish him well in his life because it seems like things are not going as planned for him and although I don’t know why I hate to see someone spiraling out of control like this and hope he gets his life together. sooner rather than later.

  • Uncle Joey

    Its AAU, do they even really run an offense? From what I’ve seen, its mostly glorified street ball where everyone focuses on showcasing their individual talents.

  • N71

    That sure is an odd development. Withdrawing at this point of the year will distroy his grades and make his challenge an even greater one. He may not be able to graduate in time to be part of the 2012 class. Not sure where this thing is headed now.

  • Anonymous

    Ah ok. I could have swore I saw a picture him in an Elite jersey from last year.

  • RobD

    um. the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

  • millzy32

    So you are saying that they’ll already know the Dribble Drive when they get here huh?

  • Plane1972

    Personally, I think hiring AAU coaches to college programs is kinda slimy, but happens quite a bit I think. I remember hearing Baylor hired John Wall’s AAU coach, which was presumably why he had them on his shortlist before committing to UK. I would hope we don’t get THAT cozy with the Elite program. Pretty apparent we have a close relationship with it, but hopefully not too close that questionable stuff starts rearing its ugly head.

  • Plane1972

    This is apples and oranges, not trying to compare Chandler to this guy but the tweet about Bud Mackey was really unfortunate to hear too. What a waste of talent and another level of disaster avoided in Bloomington thank goodness.

  • Diesel

    Those are rankings from the Hoop Scoop, I believe based out of KY. Also the same group that had Yogi ranked #1 as an eighth grader.

  • Anonymous

    U make a good point….this teammwill have a majority of IU recruits..chance to play together etc. NCAA will find something it doesn’t like about it..given there’s not a dollar in it for the “governing body.”

  • Patosull

    Hartman and Davis were in the twenties on ESPN when it got updated a couple of days ago. Lyles is 1 and Blackmon was 14. Along with Yogi 23, Hanner 30, Hollowell 38, and Patterson 72. Gary Harris was 12 and DSR was 29.