Indy HS Hoops Q & A: Jeremy Hollowell

  • 03/17/2011 9:37 pm in

Joe Eberhardt is a high school sports blogger and regular contributor to Inside the Hall. You can follow him on Twitter at @IndyHSHoops and read his blog, This post originally appeared on IndyHSHoops.

One of the state’s top uncommitted prospects could be off the board very soon. 2012 Lawrence Central guard/forward Jeremy Hollowell is closing in on a decision.

On Tuesday night, The 6-7 Hollowell announced via twitter that he would be making a college decision soon. Hollowell, who plays AAU basketball with the Eric Gordon All-Stars, has been a hot name for midwest schools since the end of his freshman season, drawing interest from literally dozens of schools.

On Wednesday evening I caught up with Jeremy to talk about his looming decision and more. A question and answer with Hollowell follows:

What schools are in play for your decision?

“Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, and Ohio State.”

Would it be fair to call those 4 schools your final four?

“Yeah, those are the four that I’ll decide between.”

How soon could your decision come?

“I wouldn’t say within the next day or two, but maybe by the time I’m on spring break. We are on spring break towards the end of March, so I could see myself deciding then. I definitely want to make my decision before the start of AAU. Our first tournament is Indy Ball. That tournament starts on April 8th.”

Why did you choose to make a decision now?

“I feel good with the decision I am going to make. It got to the point where I started to feel more and more comfortable with the schools and was ready to make my decision. I’m just ready to prepare for AAU season and try to have a big summer with my team. From there I want to come back strong for my senior year of high school, and then eventually go off to college. It will be nice to get the decision and distractions out of the way before AAU and the high school season.”

Do you know your decision now or are you still thinking it over?

“I think I have a pretty good idea of the school I want to choose. I’m still thinking about it a little bit, but pretty sure which school I am going to pick. Right now I’m just still talking it over with my family and keeping it quiet.”

What will factor into your college decision?

“Basically just what place feels best for me. I’ll look at the coach, the school, the program, and the players. I’ll look at everything and pick whatever school is best for me and my family.”

Will you take any more college visits prior to your decision?

“I think I have been on enough visits to know the schools well. I’ve seen enough of the schools to know what I need to know about all of them.”

How will Indiana’s current 2012 recruiting class impact your decision?

“It helps them having those four guys (Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Peter Jurkin, and Hanner Perea) headed to IU. I’m friends with those guys and I’ve played against all of them. It’s nice to know that if I go there I’ll know all the guys coming in with me.”

Did you enjoy the recruiting process?

“I enjoyed it but I’m ready for it to be over. There are some good and bad things about the recruiting process. Some people who don’t understand the process look at it and think it’s all glamorous, but they don’t understand some of the negatives about it. It can be stressful and I’m just ready to get it over with and focus on the AAU season.”

What are your goals, both for yourself and your team during AAU season?

“I just want to give it everything I’ve got and go hard every game. I want to try to win every game and every tournament we play in. It’s my last time playing AAU so I just want to enjoy it and try to win as much as possible. I also want to try to not miss any games during AAU season.”

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    Come to IU and be a BIG part of it. Go Hoosiers!

  • Marsh21

    pull it for IU then get on Harris to make it the Super 6!!!

  • cdog

    Harris has eliminated IU. He recently listed his top six schools and IU was not on his list.

  • cdog

    Harris has eliminated IU. He recently listed his top six schools and IU was not on his list.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    That isn’t even close to true

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    That isn’t even close to true

  • LTTelamon

    I don’t buy it. Source?

  • Definitely false.

  • Marsh21

    You’re a troll

  • eph521

    I hope we get Jeremy and I like our odds based on his comments. Given he says the players he’d be playing with are a factor, Buss and Co. are our best leverage in this recruiting battle.

    We still need someone like Jamari Taylor for 2011. We need muscle in the paint. I’m getting greedy, but sure would be nice to sign both of these kids in the next few weeks.

  • Anonymous

    he be trolling. Probably a Purdue fan who want’s some sort of crazy hope!

  • Anonymous

    Jeremy say yes to I.U. March Madness just isn’t right without the Hoosiers. There should be a law againist it. Come to I.U. put up number 6.

  • HoosierFromCT

    ..the women

  • Anonymous

    Feeling pretty good about Hollowell coming to Bloomington. Add him to the other four, and I think the ’12 class is the best since the ’89 class.

  • Ryan Goods

    I’m going to like this again via comment

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget the show that the coeds put on every spring on campus.

  • BFowler

    Love this kid’s game and his talent. He could be the scoring punch the 2012 class needs. I have been a fan of his game since I heard of/saw him play.

    I am excited to see this group play together: Yogi, Buss, Jeremy, Cody, and Hanner. Phenominal (in my best Jim Rome).

  • IUJeff

    The fab 5 never won anything college or pro. So how fab were they then?

  • I would love to see Hollowell in the Cream and Crimson next year! Did any else see Hollowell retweeting a Purdue fan’s compliments last night. What was that all about?

    Love the site!

  • RobD

    like Jalen said: take 20 seconds and see if you can name three guys that started for UNC when they beat the Fab Five for the title. without googling it.

    there’s more to it than winning, though winning is the best medicine.

  • BFowler

    Huge NCAA Basketball nerd here, but: George Lynch, Eric Montross, and Donald Williams. But, to get to a bigger point, how much better would it be to be NCAA champs and be remembered for changing the game? I mean, I get legacy and all that, but c’mon…..Duke thumped them in 1992, the NC game was close and entertaining, but they lost. Ohio State and Indiana won the B1G the two years they were together. I liked the entertainment value, but seriously, that is what you want to be remembered for?

  • Anonymous

    Come clean, Cdog. Are you really the ballcoach and you’re afraid of the intensity of the ITH contituents? If you’re a PUke or a pUKe we understand your disappointment and fear. But get ready; IU IS TAKING OVER SOON!!!

  • Paynilia

    Maybe it’s just because I’m an eternal pessimist, but I actually did NOT like Jeremy’s answers in this interview. His language in the question regarding IU’s 2012 class was phrased as if IU was NOT his first choice. I believe he would have answered it more emphatically if IU was going to be his choice. Sorry for the over-reading into the psychology…just a little paranoid for our future after hearing Capo isn’t transferring

  • Anonymous

    its not about watching the show…be an interactive audience

  • IUJeff

    You need to read his answer again:

    “It helps them having those four guys (Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Peter Jurkin, and Hanner Perea) headed to IU. I’m friends with those guys and I’ve played against all of them. It’s nice to know that if I go there I’ll know all the guys coming in with me”.

    Nuff said.

  • Where did you hear Bobby C isn’t transferring?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, but I would have to go back to my glory days when I was a student to make that be the case.

    Now, being a dirty old man, leering and drooling is about as far as it goes.

    It’s amazing to me how even forty years later, the spring tradition continues.

    Gotta love B-town this time of year.

  • InTheMtns

    He was asked, in the locker room right after the B1G tourney game and he said he was staying at IU. He said he loved IU, the campus, this team, etc. I think it is too soon to know what Capo will do. I think he really does love IU, the campus, and this team; but I can’t imagine he would have said anything other than he’s staying right after the last game of the season, surrounded by his teammates. His answer will be more meaningful after some perspective of time and counseling with his parents and coaching staff. It wouldn’t surprise me, though, if he does stay.

  • RobD

    like a kid is gonna say “i’m outta here” with all his teammates around him. capo didn’t go to IU thinking he’d be a star. and he’s got no NBA future, so he’s not gonna transfer somewhere else for a better gig. he’s here to stay unless told in no uncertain terms that he should go.

    my guess is two spots will open up over the summer–one, matt roth’s, as he will graduate and go to grad school instead of stay on at IU (he’s scheduled to graduate in may) and maybe even derek elston. if you were him, and not playing much, wouldn’t you think of hitting the MAC?

  • HoosierFromCt

    More recruitment from Buss to Holloway on twitter. Either way, if it’s down to IU and Purdue, than it’s a win-win for us. If he commits to us, great! If he commits to Purdue, that helps the hatred between the teams. And i want BUSS on my team.

  • cdog

    See the Detroit Free Press article from earlier in the week. There is no mention in the article of IU and there are 6-8 teams listed. His mom is from PU and his dad seems to be quite keen on MSU. I don’t see a highly sought after 5-star wanting to be an oversign at IU. None of the current players seems eagar to transfer.

  • An omission from an article in the Detroit Free Press has no bearing on whether or not Harris is still considering Indiana.

    And also, the oversign thing is not an issue. When you sign a LOI, it doesn’t have an asterisk that says “oversign.” It’s the same paperwork for each recruit and if “the super six”, as some have called it, materializes, there will be room for each player.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    i looked at the Detroit Free Press website and there didnt seem to be a story about harris post the link if you could

  • N71

    Harris could wait for another year if he wanted. As Deisel says a bird in hand…Hollowell would be an excellent addition to the 2012 class. A pipe dream I like to have is Harris signing on with IU for football and then playing basketball as well. This is a arm chair opinion but Hollowell has the biggest upside of all these guys. I’m not a coach but if he were to just improve his ball handling and conditioning (not too hard to do) he’s a beast at 6’7″ or 6’8″ with the skills he has. When he turns on the gas he is an unstoppable scorer.

  • yimyames

    can you provide these recruits twitter names so i can start following, this is gonna be exciting.

  • IUJeff

    You are right. There is more to it than winning. Teams need to win or lose with class – no points for style.

    All I remember the Fab 5 for was the awful timeout by Webber which cost his team a chance to win because his team didn’t have any timeouts left, and them starting the thug-looking long shorts trend.

    And now Jalen trying to justify his terrible comments about the Duke player.

  • cdog
  • cdog

    So you are saying that if nothing changes and all 13 scholarship players currently expected to be on the roster in 2012 stick, we can still sign a 14th scholarship player and the oversign really means nothing. Love it! Then I only hope Tom Crean doesn’t sign anyone else for 2011 unless someone is transferring for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Did you come on here to try to point out things that you think are wrong? If Alex says there will be room, I am sure there will be room. I have complete trust in everything Alex says, as I’m sure just about everyone else on ITH does.

  • The_Hall_Monitor

    Yogi: kevinferrell11
    AE: austin23e
    buss: buss34

  • Kncbergmann

    Weber, Howard, King, Rose, and Jackson. Weber gone after 2. Rose gone after 2 or 3 (can’t remember). Howard gone after 3. King and Jackson played all 4 years. King couldn’t guard my grandma, but Jackson was tough!