AAU Teammates Battle In Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A pair of sophomore AAU teammates – Jeremy Hollowell and Ron Patterson – did battle on Tuesday night in Circle City. The match up came down to a pair of free throws and a block shot. Who stole the show?

Jeremy Hollowell stole the show during Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central's match up with Indianapolis (Ind.) Broad Ripple.

With the game tied and just seven seconds left, Hollowell drove to the rim, got fouled and sank a pair of free throws giving Lawrence Central a two-point lead over Ron Patterson's Broad Ripple squad.

On the ensuing possession, with just 4.5 seconds left, Hollowell, a 6-foot-5, possibly 6-foot-6 wing, made yet another play. As a Broad Ripple player drove to the rim, Hollowell blocked the game-winning attempt, giving Lawrence Central the victory.

Hollowell Goes For 21
"I thought I played pretty good," Hollowell told Scout.com after the game. "I thought I could have rebounded a little better, but we got the win."

Hollowell's performance on Tuesday wasn't just about his plays during crunch time. He put together a solid all around effort, going 7-for-14 from the field, scoring 21 points to go with six rebounds and a pair of blocks.

Since last year, Hollowell has added a significant amount of weight to his long frame. He attributes his body filling out to the amount of time he's spent in the weight room.

"I lift a lot now," the 2012 prospect said. "I'm trying to get into the weight room a lot. I've been working a lot and I'm trying to make my game better. I've been doing a lot of squatting and I have a weight training class too."

Facing off against his close friend and AAU teammate, Ron Patterson, Hollowell said he had a little extra in his tank against Broad Ripple.

"I started off pretty good," Hollowell said. "I hit my first shot. I was pretty hyped up to play. Me and Ron [Patterson] were talking a little stuff, so I had to go get him."

While Hollowell had it working, Patterson struggled to get it going, due in part to a hard fall he took early in the second quarter. After the fall, which bruised his back, Patterson visibly limped throughout the game.

"We could have won if I wasn't hurt," Patterson said following the loss.

Patterson, a 6-foot-3 athletic guard, finished with nine points on just 3-for-10 shooting from the field. All three of his field goals were three-pointers.

While the scoring wasn't there, Patterson did contribute in other ways for Broad Ripple. He went to the glass, snatching seven boards and was active in the paint looking to alter shots.

Recruiting On The Rise For Hollowell

Last year on the 15's circuit with Chris Hawkins, Hollowell got plenty of college attention. But with his improved play this year, college coaches are beginning to step up their level of interest.

At this point, Hollowell claims scholarship offers from Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Cincinnati, Xavier, Iowa and Indiana State. He also mentioned Louisville, Florida, Ohio State and Butler as schools involved.

"It's pretty steady right now," Hollowell said about his recruitment. "I talk to Louisville and Florida a lot now."

Hollowell has already been on a number of college campuses for unofficial visits. He's been to Indiana several times, and has also visited Tennessee, Illinois, Cincinnati, Xavier, Iowa and Indiana State.

"I'm just trying to keep everything open," he said. "It's kind of early. I'm just letting it all come. I may wait until next year or whenever the time is right."

Patterson Has Focus On Season, Not Recruitment

Patterson Focused On Season
Although his game against Lawrence Central wasn't his best outing, Patterson is having a solid sophomore season for Broad Ripple.

Through 20 games this year, Patterson, who said he's spent a considerable amount of time working on his jump shot, is averaging 17 points, seven rebounds and a trio of assists per game.

"I was playing good," he said about his sophomore season. "I've been playing better than last year. I've gotten stronger. I can get into the lane and I've been working on my jump shot and it's gotten better since last year."

Although he's still getting plenty of attention from college programs, Patterson said he's more concerned with the end of his high school season.

"It's going good, but I haven't been talking to people the past few weeks," Patterson said. "I've been focused on basketball season."

With that said, Patterson already claims offers from Indiana, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Ohio State, Xavier, Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue. He also said Virginia Tech, Florida and Wake Forest are showing interest.

"It's kind of early for me," Patterson added. "I haven't really looked too much into it."

Sophomore Guards Standout

A pair of sophomore guards -- Tyler Corley & Aaron Payne -- also impressed us.

Corley, of Lawrence Central, certainly had his moments against Broad Ripple. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound lead guard showed good speed, created opportunities for his teammates and knocked in a pair of three-pointers.

Although Corley did seem to get a bit wild at times, he's talented and his speed and athleticism made it tough for Broad Ripple to contain him. Mid-major programs should definitely take notice.

On the other side, Payne, of Broad Ripple, showed a solid game as well. At 6-foot, 165-pounds, the sophomore boasts a strong frame and a good-looking mid-range game.

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