2012-2013 Player Profile: Jeremy Hollowell

  • 10/22/2012 12:00 pm in

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.

Bottom line: In Crean’s first couple of seasons at Indiana, Hollowell would have been an easy call for the starting lineup and it’s highly likely that he would have lead the team in scoring. As Indiana enters the 2012-2013 campaign as the nation’s preseason No. 1 team, Hollowell will be counted on as a player the Hoosiers can bring into the game without experiencing much drop off. Long term, there’s certainly potential for Hollowell to collect All-Big Ten honors and play in the NBA. But in his first season in a rebuilt Indiana program with experienced talent in front of him, he’ll be afforded the opportunity to progress slowly, which might not be a bad thing.

Quotable: “Jeremy is an extremely versatile player who can score in a variety of ways. He can catch and shoot, take you off the dribble or post you up. He can matchup up defensively with a multitude of players and will give us a number of options when he is on the floor. He loves to be in the gym and his feel for the game is special.” – Crean on Hollowell on signing day last November

PreviouslyDerek ElstonChristian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Maurice CreekVictor Oladipo, Will Sheehey,Remy AbellCody Zeller, Austin EtheringtonYogi FerrellPeter Jurkin, Hanner Mosquera-Perea

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  • I just have a feeling that Hollowell will make a huge impact this year.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    JH will be a contributor from the first game this year and sky’s the limit for him. Hoosier fan will really enjoy his game.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i absolutely think he’ll be an immediate contributor too. i can see him averaging near double digits.

    he’s definitely in the same boat as bailey when he joined the team in ’90. a tremendous talent joining a team of tremendously talented upper classmen.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    great nickname, by the way!

  • Chitownhoosier

    I was impressed with what I saw from Jeremy on Saturday night. Kind of reminds me of a combo of Evan Turner and C Wat. Next year will be his coming out party, but should contribute nicely this year.

    Separately, Yogi really impressed me. He is going to be a difference maker. I think he is already a more complete player than Burke. Of course he won’t be asked to score as much as Burke, but love what he brings to the table.

  • HoosierPat

    I was really impressed with Hollowell at Hoosier Hysteria. He is really versitile and looked comfortable all over the court. He should be able to make an impact off the bench this season.

  • HoosierPat

    Yogi sees the court extremely well. That combined with a ligthning quick first step and a pretty good stroke makes for a pretty good point guard. He looked pretty good on defense too. If he can use his quickness on offense and defense, he is going to be really good all over the court from the get go.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    JH in time will give opposing team fits. Love multi dimensional players and see JH as a glue guy when it is his time. On a side note I am really impressed with Je’Ney Jackson. His service is invaluable and is proving to be one of the best in the country at what he does. Hope we always have him as a Hoosier.

  • HoosierTrav

    I was very impressed with Hollowell. Does anyone remember the LeBron-esque block off of the backboard. I think it was either Jordy or Remy who he chased down and pinned their shot. This guy is FOR REAL! I said back in the spring that he is better than most think. He’s better than what i thought. Whatever number of minutes you thought he was going to get…. expect more. I counted 3 offensive boards for him.

    As for Yogi, WOW! He didnt look like a freshman. It looked like his team out there. That’s what we want out of our point guard. He takes this team to a whole new level. Just like Seth Davis said, “Yogi Ferrell is L-E-G-I-T! The missing piece.”

  • HoosierTrav

    I agree. Its the same guy who scored at will against the Harrison twins and the rest of the AAU circuit. He’s a future pro in my eyes. Like the article said above, Watford wasnt this good as a frosh.

  • chip

    the first time i saw jeremy play in person was at the indiana junior / senior all-star game down in seymour. while he didn’t have a particularly impressive game that evening, what stuck with me was a one-handed dunk he threw down during the team warm-up. he has such a reticent demeanor but that one dunk was executed with such an unusually explosive force. it’s exciting to think he’ll continue to develop physically over the course of the next four – hopefully – years.

  • HoosierE

    The block was very impressive. This is a kid who considers himself a McDonald’s All American snub and has the laid back but deadly demeanor to use that to his advantage. He has and will continue to work hard and become and integral part of this team, I could easily seem him being one of the best players off the bench in the nation this year.

  • N71

    I’ve watched him for several years now either in LC games or AAU and wait until you see those moments when he seems to get pissed or whatever it is and he takes over. I’ve thought, during those moments, he’s better than Gary Harris or Yogi, he’s just amazing. The puzzling part is why just moments and not all the time. I imagine its conditioning where playing like that takes a huge amount of energy so you’re trying not to gas out before the final 2 minutes. With a year at IU working on his game but more importantly his conditioning, schnikes. If Cody and Burke leave early, Jeremy could end up being the best player in the Big Ten.

  • I was really impressed with Hollowell on Saturday. Outside of Zeller’s game and Hulls knocking down four 3’s, he had the most impressive performance. He has all the offensive tools and versatility needed to be a star at IU this year. What impressed me the most was his tenacity getting rebounds on both ends of the court. I think he’ll be a pivotal player for IU and will only get more minutes as the season progresses. It’s going to be hard to have him on the bench.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • Iuhoosier15

    Can you imagine him and WS coming off the bench! Like CTC said we have 8, maybe even more starters .

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Hollowell will be awesome …. I’ve said before , his game reminds me of Calbert Cheaney’s Don’t think hes a lefty though

  • dtfreed

    With Bailey you had a very basketball smart kid and could help just from being on the floor. JH probably has more raw athletic skill plus he is bigger. Yogi is maybe a better comparison to Bailey. Do you think HP will be better than JH by the end of their IU years?

  • Bball Papaw

    I have seen this kid several times and he reminds me of a cross between Calbert and Jay Edwards. Has a silky smoothness to his offensive game and a solid defender. He will have some highlights this year and turn some heads. The sky is the limit with this kid.

  • yimyames

    That part of him reminds me of Durant.

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  • Ben Ancelet

    I love seeing INDIANA written across all of the 2012 recruits’ chests. I’ve been waiting almost two years and they all look very good in the cream and crimson!

  • WhatsUpKnight

    in a way, i really hope so. because i think we all know JH is going to be a phenomenal college player and has the potential to be a great pro. so if HP ends up having a better career? scary stuff for everybody else!

  • marcusgresham

    I think you could pull tweezers and a spoon out of this kid because he’s a human Swiss Army Knife

  • Geoff_85

    My thoughts exactly after seeing him in the scrimmage. Ever since he signed I thought he had the talent to get a lot of minutes this year, but I wasn’t sure he would be afforded the opportunity due to Coach Crean’s loyalty to his upper classmen, but now I’m thinking it’s going to be hard to keep this kid off the court. This is a year that Coach Crean should be thinking “championship” and his best players should get the minutes. Having said that, there is a lot of talent to choose from and he is a freshman. Hurry up season, geesh.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    Hollowell could end up being an all-american in the next few years if he sticks with it and keeps his work ethic up. I think he has the most potential out of any in this class.

  • freethrow

    Interesting results from last season: #1 foul shooter in the B1G at 81.5% – Watford, #6 was CZ at 75.5% and #8 was VO!! Add in Jordy this year and we own the line…