Jeremy Hollowell got to experience something different about Indiana basketball.
The highly-coveted Class of 2012 wing from Indianapolis Lawrence Central H.S. has been a frequent visitor to Bloomington and the IU program over the last couple of years, but Friday's trip to Hoosier Hysteria marked the first time he's been in attendance for the season-opening event.
Scout.com's 29th-ranked player nationally has become well versed in the passion of the Hoosier fan base, so the big turnout came as no surprise to the 6'5", 190-pounder. But the chance to sit down and spend time with current Hoosiers Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey and Maurice Creek was valuable as he continues to learn about the IU program and decide if it's a good fit for him.
"I got a chance to see what it's like there on the court and off the court," Hollowell said about his time in Bloomington. "Seeing what it's about and how it is outside of basketball, just hanging out. The guys were cool guys, and it was good to get to know them. They said it's a great college and a great place to play basketball with the support they have with all the fans."
While the fan support is a big plus for the Hoosiers, some of the recent commitments are helping Tom Crean's program in the eyes of recruits like Hollowell. Summer commitments from Hollowell's friend, Ron Patterson, in the 2012 class coupled with verbals from elite 2014 prospects James Blackmon and Trey Lyles suggests better times could be right around the corner.
"You do kind of think differently about them now (with the recent commitments)," Hollowell said. "You look at them that it's a real good possibility we could turn it around.
"But I'm still weighing my options and looking around."
Unlike some of the others, Hollowell said he isn't closing in on a decision, instead leaning toward waiting until next summer or fall to make a college choice. He said he is thinking about making some trips in the coming weeks to check out the Xavier, Dayton and possibly Illinois programs, but is ready to turn his attention away from recruiting and back to basketball.
"Before long, I'm going to put it off on the side and focus on the season," Hollowell said.
This season, he'll be one of the most watched players in the Indianapolis area. He'll be looking to help Lawrence Central bounce back from a disappointing 2009-10 campaign when it lost a slew of close games and struggled to a sub-.500 record. This year the goals are much higher, and Hollowell knows a lot will fall on his shoulders.
"I know I'm going to have to step up more and be more of a leader," Hollowell said. "I need to keep maturing, doing the little things, talking to the guys, and keep them focused."
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