Tigers getting a second shot

The state of South Carolina is getting one of its best basketball players back from Mississippi and Clemson will be in the running along with other in-state schools.

SF Murphy Holloway Profile

Murphy Holloway spent his first two seasons of college basketball at Ole Miss but has decided to transfer so he could be closer to his daughter and mother.

"I saw my daughter when she was born and I saw her on Christmas and I saw her again not too long ago. That's only three times in six months," he told CUTigers Saturday afternoon.

"That was kind of hard on me. I want to see her more and help my mom out too."

Holloway said he will consider Clemson along with Winthrop and South Carolina.

"I'm open to pretty much anything. I haven't talked to Clemson. I've yet to get a release form. Most people probably wait a few days to do it. Some people think they'd get denied if they do it too soon," he said. "I would love to be a part of Clemson, USC—somewhere big."

"It's a fact. I will be staying in the state of South Carolina, nowhere out of state"

Holloway is very familiar with one member of the new Clemson coaching staff. He was recruited to Wichita State by assistant coach Earl Grant.

"I think it helps because he's already been in the recruiting process with me," Holloway said.

Former Clemson assistant and current Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart recruited Holloway to Tigertown out of Dutch Fork High School.

The plan is to find a school and catch on as soon as possible. He hopes to be enrolled in school in time for June summer courses.

"I'm trying to make sure everything is right before I really say anything," he said.

As a sophomore, he started in 30 of 34 games, averaged 10.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. He was fifth in the SEC in rebounding and eighth in steals (1.5). He also finished sixth with eight double-doubles

Holloway played in 31 games as a freshman. He averaged 8.4 points and 1.2 steals a game and was 13th in the SEC in rebounding with 6.6 per game.

The time he spent in Oxford was an enjoyable experience and he's able to leave on good terms.

"It's a great city. The school, it's been great," Holloway said. "But I had to do what my heart was telling and that's what my heart was telling me to do."

He talked about the three schools that he would consider.

Clemson: I don't really know the head coach and his style of play.

Winthrop: That's a school that's made it to the tournament a bunch of times.

South Carolina: Columbia is where I live, well Irmo. That's a suburb of Columbia.

In the class of 2008, Holloway was rated as a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 20 small forward by Scout.com.

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