Notebook: Hollowell remains out with ‘personal and private matter’

122112aFreshman forward Jeremy Hollowell missed his second consecutive game Friday night due to what Indiana coach Tom Crean said was a “personal and private matter.” Unlike Wednesday night, Hollowell wasn’t even in uniform for Friday’s game against Florida Atlantic. He sat on the bench in sweats.

Following No. 6 Indiana’s 88-52 victory over the Owls, Crean opened his postgame press conference with a prepared statement about Hollowell.

“Jeremy is dealing with a personal and private matter that is in no way related to academic, behavior or disciplinary issues,” Crean said. “He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution, and out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.”

Hollowell is averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game this season. He last played in the Hoosiers’ 88-86 overtime loss to Butler on Dec. 15.

Perea getting more comfortable, Jurkin plays

While fellow freshman Hollowell sits out, Hanner Mosquera-Perea continues to get more and more comfortable on the floor for the Hoosiers.

Perea was suspended for the first nine games of the season, and he is clearly still a work in progress. But in his third appearance of the season against Florida Atlantic, Perea showed several positive signs.

The 6-foot-8 forward had four points, 10 rebounds, an assist and two blocked shots in 14 minutes.

“That was the quickest 10 rebounds I’ve ever seen,” sophomore Cody Zeller said. “That’s what he does. He’s good at that.”

Perea did have three turnovers, caused mostly by his inability to grab or hold onto the ball on a couple of occasions. On one play, Perea was wide open under the basket and the Assembly Hall crowd began to anticipate an electric dunk. But Perea failed to look the ball into his hands and dropped it.

“I already knew what kind of dunk I was going to do,” Perea admitted after the game.

Added Crean: “I thought he played well. We reminded him that you actually have to catch it before you dunk it because I think he had a couple SportsCenter plays in mind before he caught the ball. But he’ll be fine. He’s still feeling his way through things.”

Perea did throw down one emphatic dunk in the first half — his first of the season — in a pick-and-roll with Christian Watford. His other basket came in a tip-in shortly thereafter.

“I thought he did a great job,” junior Victor Oladipo said. “He went out there and played defense and rebounded at a high level. That’s what we’re going to need him to do in order to win. He has to use his lanky arms for something. When he catches the ball, we expect a highlight-reel dunk. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of those down the road.”

Freshman center Peter Jurkin, who also sat out the first nine games with a suspension, saw his first game action of the season on Friday night. He, too, looked somewhat raw in his four minutes on the floor. Jurkin missed his only field-goal attempt and did not record a rebound.

“I was happy for him,” Perea said. “I’ve known him since I came here to the United States. Just seeing him out there playing today was a great thing because we’ve been out together, we’ve been pushing each other, we’ve been helping each other through all these problems.”

Etc.

· Zeller gets aggressive: Indiana fans have long clamored for the sophomore center to show more aggressiveness, and he did so on Friday night. Zeller finished with a season-high 24 points — two short of his career-high — and six rebounds in 22 minutes. Zeller was 6-of-9 from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line.

“I need to be more aggressive overall,” Zeller said afterward.

· Elston still trying to find rhythm: Senior forward Derek Elston, who missed the first 10 games of the season after having knee surgery, was 0-of-5 from the field and didn’t score in 10 minutes against Florida Atlantic, his second game back. Elston also missed his two attempts from beyond the arc.

“He had really good looks,” Crean said. “He just doesn’t have the legs where they need to be yet, he doesn’t have the rhythm of his shooting. He got a little frustrated because he missed some open shots, but he’s a couple of jump shots away from having his confidence back where it needs to be.”

· Jarvis praises Indiana, Assembly Hall: Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis had nothing but good things to say about Indiana following the game. He was especially fond of Assembly Hall and the atmosphere inside it.

“I told my guys before the game to look around. ‘Look at this crowd. Look at these people. This is what an NCAA game is like.’ It was wonderful. You have to enjoy places like this. I think there are three places in America that are superior to any other three. This is one of them, Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse. Kentucky is good, but Rupp Arena does not compare with this.”

Jarvis’ Owls have also played at North Carolina this season, but he said the atmosphere was much better in Bloomington on Friday night.

“No comparison,” he said. “This place is electric. I love North Carolina fans, but these people are in it. They don’t have to wait until their team is down. This is Indiana, baby. This is Hoosier Country. Anybody who hasn’t seen ‘Hoosiers’ should probably go home and watch it. I may go home and watch it myself. It’s just a great basketball feel and vibe.”

  • PDXHoosier

    Totally agree. Questioning a player’s desire based on “his eyes” is ridiculous. Lots of great players don’t look like they are trying to kill someone out there

  • HoosierGrad07

    Living an hour away from home? Not exactly a trek. But agree with everything else you said. IU fans need to breathe…

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    I was at the game too and he was not even close to being as involved as the rest of his teammates. We will see who is right in the end

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    Exactly. Its his demeanor to not play as hard as he can. You just basically said exactly what I said. You just like to argue with people, even when you are making the same point. Its not laid back, its lazy

  • Kevin Tolliver

    A suggestion for ITH. Maybe it would be best if comments could not be posted for some of the articles/stories that you post. This is a good example of one of them. Good information given to us but bad information/speculation spawning out of the good. Lets remember what Coach said “He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution, and out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.”

  • ScooterMcPooter

    Jeremy has a short haircut… so it’s pretty obvious that he goes home and pees on his Indiana jersey, he’s really a Kentucky fan who only signed with IU to bring us down like a mole…also my peenis is 37 inches long #Truth

  • ScooterMcPooter

    um, sorry but who cares? its like your a james bond fan and your biggest complaint is that the gun barrell is at the end of the movie now, pointless

  • IUDan

    Thank you Simone . . .

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    We’ve cleaned up this thread a bit as things were getting out of hand.

  • MPmike

    I like Coach Mike Jarvis. He had some good teams at George Washington, and did a good job at St. John’s. Best wishes to his time at FAU.

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    He was involved as much as he ever is.

  • http://twitter.com/JamieOwens JamieOwens

    I have seen him play over 30 times. He is anything but lazy. Kid plays hard. He just doesn’t show the emotion like Sheehey or Olidepo. He has 3-4 players ahead of him in years, understanding and talent. Yes, I’ve seen him hang his head, but that doesn’t make him lazy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Absolutely. Ice water for blood. Reminds me a lot of a young George “The Iceman” Gervin. Not bad company kid.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    No problem whatsoever.

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I got my first ever comment deleted somehow. I guess Ferris Bueller quotes are off limits. Moderator needs to expand their humor base. I was commenting on the state of the rumor mill regarding Jeremy, not actually attempting to create a rumor about him and Baskin Robbins.

  • Rellison

    Per ESPN Insider:

    Indiana took a blow earlier this week when junior guard Maurice Creek suffered a right foot injury that will keep him out “indefinitely.” Now it might be down another key member of its bench.

    Freshman small forward Jeremy Hollowell — ranked by ESPN as the No. 42 overall player in the 2012 class — did not dress last night for the Hoosiers’ game against Florida Atlantic. After the game coach Tom Crean read a prepared statement to address the issue.

    “Jeremy is dealing with a personal and private matter that is in no way related to academic, behavior or disciplinary issues,” Crean said. “He has our full support as we look for a quick resolution, and out of respect for he and his family, we will not discuss it any further.”

    A tweet from WDNE (Indianapolis) host Jake Query, however, said he was “being told NCAA investigating Hollowell for indirect association w/ agent. Held out as pre-caution.”

    Hollowell is averaging 5.7 points and 3 rebounds a game this season, so losing him for a period of time wouldn’t be major for the Hoosiers. However, he’s been solid off the bench and provides much needed wing depth for Crean. We’ll stay with this situation as more information surfaces.

    - Greg Rosenstein

  • marcusgresham

    People would have just posted the same stuff on a different thread.

  • cooper

    People on here are really saying the kid doesn’t play hard off of an all-star game? Who the heck cares? He is a freshman, who played out of position for most of the year because no one could back up Watford. is pretty understandable he would be tentative.

    Highly doubt he is worried about playing time because of Perea, Jurkin or Elston either since they don’t play the same position.

    I hope he doesn’t leave, they will desperately need his scoring next year

  • IUCubFan

    Just read through this thread, and am amazed at all the deleted comments. Never seen so many deleted comments on one thread in the five years I have been reading ITH. There are more ignorant IU fans than I thought there were. A bunch of grown men gossiping like a bunch of women. Us fans will find out what is going on, when the Tom Crean decides he needs to share it. Until then, bring on Jacksonville.

  • Bob

    If the NCAA involved this guy could be out the rest of the season !!!…you know how much of a hurry they get in !!

  • Dagwoods

    Unenthused? He looked disappointed to me because of his game (yes he made a lot of mistakes). Disappointment = Good, (means he cares).

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