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When Indianapolis native Jeremy Hollowell committed to Coach Tom Crean last month he knew he was helping form a special 2012 recruiting class at Indiana. With five highly-sought players, all capable of playing their own unique position, the group seems ready to hit the court running next year, but Hollowell says there may still be one key piece missing.

When Indianapolis native Jeremy Hollowell committed to Coach Tom Crean last month he knew he was helping to form a special 2012 recruiting class at Indiana. With five highly-sought players, all capable of playing their own unique position, the group seems ready to hit the court running next year, but Hollowell says there may still be one key piece missing.

"We have one of the top classes, if not the top class, but I think we could add one person," said Hollowell. "I think the main person would be Gary if anybody."

That would of course be Gary Harris, Scout.com's 7th-ranked player in the Class of 2012 and another Indianapolis area standout. Hollowell says he and his classmates are still recruiting Harris, who remains uncommitted at this point but has long held an IU offer.

"If anybody was to join it would be Gary," reiterated Hollowell.

Harris holds several offers and is just now beginning to think of trimming his list to some finalists. Among the schools vying with Indiana for Harris' services are Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, and Xavier just to name a few. Kentucky has also joined the fray recently and could offer as well. With so many choices it may take Harris right up to signing day to decide. It's one of the reasons Hollowell isn't pressuring him.

"Gary is really good guy, a real cool guy and we are very good friends," said Hollowell. "I think he is just taking his time and kind of taking it all in, looking for the right fit for him and his family. He wants the best opportunity and is just going to take his time."

Still, Hollowell remains optimistic that Harris could eventually join them. It certainly wouldn't be out of character for Crean, who has pretty much got every player he has targeted in the class so far. Hollowell attributes Crean's success to his personal touch.

"He's done a really good job recruiting," said Hollowell. "He's got a lot of in-state players and he's been doing a lot of the recruiting himself so it really makes you feel like a big priority with him being the head coach. That's the biggest thing."

For now Hollowell is just focusing on what lies immediately in front of him. Primarily, that's an AAU season with the Indiana Elite program, which consists of all five members currently committed in IU's 2012 recruiting class. For Hollowell it's an opportunity to build valuable chemistry with his classmates, but also develop his own game.

"My defense really," Hollowell answers when asked what his biggest focus for improvement will be in the coming months. "With having a big guy down low I want to work on really getting out and pressuring and defending because I know he is down there to help and block shots. I also just want to improve on my ballhandling and getting to the basket. I just want to work on an all-around game."

Hollowell has already made tremendous strides in his game this year. He's been identified by scouts as a player that could see one of the biggest jumps in their ranking this summer if his improved play continues. So even without a Harris commitment, Hollowell knows the Hoosiers will still be in very good shape.

"I think we can do something really special and turn the program around and get it back to a high caliber program."


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