Earlier this afternoon, Indiana Athletics Director Fred Glass announced that IU freshman Jeremy Hollowell has been reinstated and will be eligible to play Monday afternoon as the Hoosiers open Big Ten play in Iowa City.
Here’s the complete statement from Glass:
Earlier today we were advised by the NCAA that they have accepted our self-reported secondary violation involving Jeremy Hollowell and, consistent with our proposal, immediately reinstated his eligibility. He will travel with the rest of the team to Iowa and be eligible to play in that game and all other games going forward. I would like to thank the NCAA for its assistance and responsiveness, especially during this holiday season when their office is officially closed.
I also thank Jeremy Hollowell and his mother Chandra Lockett who raised this issue and have continued to be forthright and forthcoming throughout this matter. Finally, I thank our athletic department and men’s basketball staff who worked diligently and professionally to help bring this to a positive conclusion. I am proud of how Indiana University has handled this situation. We will release the details of this matter later this week. Until then we will have no further comment.
Hollowell has appeared in 10 games this season and has averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.
He last played in the Hoosiers’ 88-86 overtime loss to Butler on Dec. 15.
Prior to tonight’s game against Jacksonville at Assembly Hall, Indiana released the following statement on freshman guard/forward Jeremy Hollowell.
“As he has for the last two games, Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass has directed the men’s basketball program to withhold Jeremy Hollowell from tonight’s game pending resolution of NCAA compliance issues. While stating that it is premature to discuss these issues in any detail, Glass stated that they do not involve any improper actions or inactions by the institution or its men’s basketball program.
Glass further stated that Jeremy and his family are actually the ones to initially raise these issues, that Jeremy has continued to fully cooperated in this matter, and that in Glass’s opinion Jeremy appears to be a victim–not a perpetrator–in this matter. Glass expressed his appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance and cooperation and his optimism that these issues will soon be resolved. Until then, neither he nor anyone else at IU will have any further comment.”
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.
Freshman 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.
Senior forward Derek Elston played for the first time this season in No. 6 Indiana’s 93-54 victory against Mount St. Mary’s on Wednesday night, but freshmen Jeremy Hollowell and Peter Jurkin failed to get off the bench.
Hollowell had been part of the Hoosiers’ regular rotation through the first 10 games, and he was in uniform and warmed up with the Hoosiers prior to the game against the Mountaineers. And Jurkin, who was suspended for the first nine games of the season and didn’t get off the bench on Saturday against Butler, also didn’t play on Wednesday despite the Hoosiers’ large lead.
Afterward, Indiana coach Tom Crean didn’t offer much in the way of a concrete explanation.
In his opening statement, Crean said: “We dealt with a multitude of situations with staff and players, whether it be an injury or a sickness.”
He went on to mention that athletic trainer Tim Garl had been sick all day and some of the staff had been as well. But he never said definitively why Hollowell or Jurkin did not play despite repeated inquiries.
When asked if Hollowell was sick as well, Crean said: “Yeah. We just had a multitude of things we dealt with and we played the guys that were there to play for us and help us.”
And then when asked specifically about Jurkin, Crean continued to be vague: “I went with the guys that I played. That’s who I went with.”
Elston, meanwhile, returned to the floor ahead of schedule. The Tipton native had knee surgery prior to the start of the season, and the team had targeted a return shortly after Christmas.
But Elston worked hard in his rehabilitation, practiced lightly over the last few days, and got on the floor for nine minutes against Mount St. Mary’s. Elston made his only field goal attempt, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds to go along with a blocked shot.
Elston received a standing ovation from the Assembly Hall crowd when he entered the game in the first half.
“It felt great to get back out there again,” Elston said. “You can only go through so many practices without it actually hitting you that you want to get out there, get in front of the crowd and see what you can do.
“The standing ovation, that just shows that these people really haven’t forgotten about me. It shows that maybe I do [matter] to this program. Sometimes when you get hurt like that and you’re out so long, you feel like people kind of forget about you. Sometimes, inside of any player, especially me, I feel like people just don’t remember you. But when I go out there and I get that, that standing ovation, it makes me feel special.”
Victor Oladipo (14 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), Jeremy Hollowell (seven points) and Remy Abell (10 points, three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 87-51 win over Coppin State on Saturday at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to the press conference in the embedded media player below:
The No. 1 Hoosiers seemed to lack energy early in Monday night’s game against North Dakota State. They were out of position at times on defense, and they too often settled for contested shots.
But in the second half, that energy level picked up. Indiana was flying around and making hustle plays, finally giving the large Assembly Hall crowd a reason to cheer. A primary reason for the change was sophomore guard Remy Abell.
Abell was impressive in the Hoosiers’ 87-61 victory, continuing to make a case that he deserves significant minutes on a deep Indiana team. He scored 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting — including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc — and pulled down five rebounds in only 17 minutes. Abell has yet to miss a shot from the field this season as was 2-of-2 and scored 12 points in Friday’s season opener.
“He’s been doing that all summer. It doesn’t surprise me,” fellow sophomore Cody Zeller said. “He’s made a lot of improvements. That’s big for us.”
At one point in the second half when he had just gone on his own 8-0 run, Abell made a fist-pump gesture as he looked into the crowd.
“This place is always crazy, full of energy,” Abell said, smiling. “I just wanted to help it out. I just wanted to make it more. Why not?”
Indiana coach Tom Crean said Abell has made considerable improvements in his game since the end of last season. The Louisville, Ky. native averaged three points per game during his freshman campaign.
“When he went home [last summer], he worked with his old high school coach, and when he came back in June, he was tremendous,” Crean said. “He did a pretty good job with the opportunities that he had last year, but he’s earned the right. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Tonight, [the scoring] was because his defense was going.”
Tom Crean, sophomore guard Remy Abell (14 points, five rebounds), freshman forward Jeremy Hollowell (14 points) and sophomore center Cody Zeller (22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks) met with the media following IU’s 87-61 win over North Dakota State on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
Watch and listen to all three press conferences in the embedded media players below:
The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall) and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.
Steven Harris writes: IU clearly has a lot of depth at positions 1-3, but there doesn’t seem to be as much room to cope with foul trouble or injury in the front court. How well do you think Jurkin and Perea can perform in the B1G this year if we need to call their numbers more than anticipated?
Steven, you raise an interesting and potentially valid point, but Indiana does have the best player in the country in the front court in Cody Zeller. And the foul trouble problem was mostly avoided a season ago by Zeller. That makes the need for backup time at the five probably at no more than 8-10 minutes per game.
To date in the preseason, Hanner Mosquera-Perea has been hampered by a foot problem and Peter Jurkin has participated in both public scrimmage events, but has a broken nose. And the news of a torn meniscus for Derek Elston took a rotation player out of the front court depth chart for now. Based on what I’ve seen of both Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin, I think both players would be fine playing minutes off the bench once the conference season rolls around. Jurkin has plenty of work to do offensively, but he’s a capable defender and will hold his own on the glass. Elston should be back by the time Big Ten rolls around, so that will also help the depth up front.
Side note: The mailbag received several inquiries to address the eligibility status of Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin and at this point, there’s nothing to report. Tom Crean was asked by a reporter at Big Ten Media Day if both players had been cleared to play by the NCAA and gave this response: “Everything we’re going through with those guys right now has been the same stuff that we’ve been going with ongoing. We’ve always had a plan for how we deal with all of that. That’s how it’s been, the whole way.” — Alex Bozich
Matt Uhl writes: How do Yogi and Jordy get the looks they want in the same offense?
I actually don’t see this being much of a problem. Yogi Ferrell is very much a pass-first point guard, and I think that will be even more the case given the weapons on this team. I believe Yogi will be satisfied no matter how many shots he gets, as long as he is running the offense effectively.
Hulls will get plenty of shots, both in the transition game and as a result of penetration and/or screens. Also, with the pace IU plans to play at, there should be plenty of shots to go around. — Justin Albers
Matt Marbaugh writes: Do you have any hope of zeller staying 1 more year?
There’s hope, Matt. Here’s why: Zeller’s different. From all available evidence, he’s not dying to jump to the pros like his contemporaries with similar promise.
As a likely lottery pick after his 2011-12 freshman campaign, he chose to come back to IU for another season. And Tom Crean’s comparison of Zeller to Andrew Luck — a top-rated quarterback at Stanford after his sophomore season who came back for a junior year — at Big Ten Media Day last week was another indication it’s no sure thing Zeller will make the leap.
Crean said that he sees Zeller being similar to Luck “especially when it comes to decision making.”
It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today, our final profile: Jeremy Hollowell.
After a highly successful high school career at Lawrence Central that included a spot on the Indiana All-Stars, a top 50 national ranking and participation in both the NBPA Top 100 camp and adidas Nations, Jeremy Hollowell arrives in Bloomington with plenty of accolades under his belt.
But the sense you get from watching Hollowell is that he’s still a player with plenty of untapped potential and room for growth. At 6-foot-8 and 217 pounds, he’s the most versatile of IU’s 2012 recruits because he can play and guard multiple positions. He’s been frequently compared to IU senior Christian Watford because of his size and laid back demeanor, but Hollowell comes with a more polished floor game than Watford had as a freshman.
His most natural position is on the wing, but he’s an adequate enough ball handler to spend time at the two and if Indiana ever elects to go small, he’s capable of crashing the glass and spending time at the four as well. Offensive rebounding was a big part of Hollowell’s game in AAU and high school. With Tom Crean always looking for more second chance scoring opportunities, it could be something that helps the freshman wing gain more playing time.
Another major strength of Hollowell’s offensive game is the plethora of ways he can score. He’s a very good perimeter and midrange shooter, is efficient in transition and can take smaller defenders into the post.
He’s already made significant strength gains since arriving in Bloomington in June and working with Je’Ney Jackson will be key in helping him adjust to the physical play that awaits in the Big Ten. The challenge as a freshman for Hollowell is finding time at positions that are already producing at a high level for the Hoosiers. Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey, starters on IU’s Sweet 16 team a season ago, are back, as is Watford.
Indiana’s highly ranked 2012 recruiting class — Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Jeremy Hollowell, Peter Jurkin and Yogi Ferrell — met with reporters as a group Thursday at IU’s annual media challenge. The group talked about a variety of topics including the adjustment to college life, the speed of the college game, their progress since arriving on campus and more.
Watch and listen to their comments in the embedded media player below: