Whatever Tom Crean's needs are in the 2012 class, the Hoosier coach is targeting the perfect fit.
When it comes to versatility, there aren't too many players that boast more of it than Lawrence Central junior Jeremy Hollowell. The 6'6" standout has spent the last couple of years proving to on-lookers that he can play at a very high level both inside and out, which is why Indiana and Ohio State have made him such a high priority with their 2012 recruiting efforts.
"I think my biggest strength is that I can just about play every position, and I can switch around if I need to," said Hollowell. "I can guard smaller people, and I've shown I can guard down low if I have to."
On the AAU circuit Hollowell can generally be found out on the wing, where he has shown off an ability to knock down 3-pointers with regularity. At the high school level he's asked to play inside more thanks to his size, which has helped him develop into one of the state's most well-rounded players.
"Playing inside in high school has helped my post game, where I can also face people up depending on who's guarding me," Hollowell said. "You can never be satisfied with being able to play just one position – being able to play multiple spots on the floor is important.
"Match-ups is the name of the game, and I think I'm someone who can help a team in that area."
While Hollowell has long had the combination of size and shooting touch to play inside or out, he's most proud of the fact that he's improved a great deal with his ball handling in the last couple of years. He doesn't anticipate a time when he's a point guard down the road, but his improvement with the ball in his hands has caught the attention of coaches and evaluators alike.
"I was talking to (Scout.com's) Evan Daniels, and he said my ball handling is a lot better than what it used to be," Hollowell said. "I'm able to get teammates involved and I've developed a lot more confidence in my ball handling.
"By the time I get to college I don't think I'll ever be a primary point guard, but I think I'll be able to handle it at times."
When it does come time for him to pick a college, Hollowell will be a featured piece of someone's recruiting class. There was a time when Hollowell wasn't mentioned with the same high regard as other in-state 2012 prospects such as Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, but those days have passed.
After a very strong AAU season Hollowell emerged as the 37th-ranked recruit nationally and the ninth-ranked small forward in 2012. The only in-state prospect with a markedly higher ranking is Harris, who is ranked 10th nationally by Scout.com.
Hollowell appreciates the high ranking and notoriety that goes along with it, but acknowledges that also comes with added responsibility.
"It's good to have the high ranking," Hollowell said. "A lot of people see that stuff, so now they're watching me and I have to go out and give it my all every time out and perform. At the same time, I know it's important that I not let it go to my head. I have to keep working hard and getting better."
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