Hoosiers Play Catch Up with Holloway

Bloomington, Ind. – Sometimes it takes a coach a couple of years to build the sort of relationship with a recruit that will eventually lure them to their college campus. In the case of Terrell Holloway, IU's staff is hoping they can get it done in a couple of weeks.

Bloomington, Ind. – Sometimes it takes a coach a couple of years to build the sort of relationship with a recruit that will eventually lure them to their college campus. In the case of Terrell Holloway, IU's staff is hoping they can get it done in a couple of weeks.

With Bud Mackey's legal troubles suddenly putting the Hoosiers back at stage one at the point guard spot with the '08 class, the Hoosiers have managed to regroup and surface as a legitimate contender for the 6-0, 175-pound Holloway, the second highest-ranked point guard still available according to Scout.com.

The 16th-ranked point guard in the 2008 class, Holloway made an unofficial visit to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria and now says he's favoring Indiana along with Tennessee and Virginia.

"The trip to Bloomington was pretty nice," said Holloway, a native of Hempstead, N.Y. "It was my first time to Bloomington. I liked the coaching staff and the tradition that they have. They win there."

Holloway said the Hoosier staff started recruiting him two to three weeks ago. He said once the contact was made, IU Coach Kelvin Sampson went to see him play in person, and offered a scholarship soon after watching his Harmony Prep team practice.

Now, he's talking about Holloway being a big part of the Hoosiers' future.

"At Hoosier Hysteria, Coach Sampson talked about my future and possibly me being the starting point guard there," Holloway said.

For that to happen, Indiana is going to need to out-duel Tennessee and Virginia for his services, and Holloway is going to make sure his grades are in order so that he's eligible to play. In the off-season, Holloway transferred to Cincinnati's Harmony Christian Prep School, a move designed to help him get his academics straightened out.

Holloway said he's now a couple of core courses away from graduating, and he'll be taking the ACT for the first time this Saturday and hopes to have everything in place to play somewhere next fall.

He's also hoping that his time at Harmony will help him become even better prepared for the college game as well. After averaging 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals at Hempstead H.S., Holloway now joins an elite prep school program that had a handful of players sign Division I scholarships last year. Among the schools that signed Harmony Prep athletes in 2006 were Cincinnati, Florida, Nebraska and Tennessee.

"Harmony is a good situation," Holloway said. "It's kept me academically grounded. As far as school, they give you really good help with classes. With basketball helps me a lot because last year I was the only Division I kid on my team last year, and you don't really get challenged. Here, they had about seven go D-I a year ago, and it helps because you have to come out and play hard every day in practice."

Assuming his academics are in order, Holloway will be among those from Harmony that go D-I this season. He describes himself as a player whose strength is his leadership and his ability to get everyone involved, and he's looking closely at offers to play in the Big Ten (Indiana), SEC (Tennessee) and ACC (Virginia).

While Indiana has its tradition and a vacancy at the point guard spot to tempt Holloway, Virginia and Tennessee have plenty to offer as well.

"Those two schools, they'd give me the opportunity to come and play right away," Holloway said. "Plus they're both good schools. Each school wants to win their conference championship, they play in the NCAA tournament, so they're good schools and I'd have a chance to play."

Once he takes the ACT this weekend, Holloway said he's hoping to take official visits before coming to a final decision. While signing in the spring is a very real possibility, he said he hasn't ruled out signing in the fall, either.

"That's still kind of up in the air," Holloway said about when he'd sign. "I'm really not sure right now. If there's a school that I commit to, we might decide to do it in the fall."

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