Holloway Goes In-Depth About IU Pledge

It didn't take long for IU to fill its void at point guard in the '08 recruiting class. Hempstead, N.Y., product Terrell Holloway talks about his recent commitment to Coach Kelvin Sampson's program, when he plans to sign his letter of intent, and more...

Bloomington, Ind. – Kelvin Sampson is a man who could use some good news, and he got some from Terrell Holloway.

The 6'0", 175-pound point guard from Hempstead, N.Y., verbally committed to Sampson over the weekend, picking the Hoosiers over Virginia and Tennessee. The 16th-ranked recruit in the 2008 class according to Scout.com, Holloway fills the void at point guard created when IU was forced to pass on Georgetown, Ky., standout Bud Mackey in the wake of his recent arrest.

"I wanted to be a part of what Coach Sampson has going on there," Holloway said Monday night. "With guys like Devin Ebanks coming in, it's a great group of guys. Plus, the history there is terrific. I want to be a part of that."

Holloway's commitment ends a furious courtship with IU. Indiana didn't start recruiting the Harmony (Ohio) Prep School product until earlier this month when it severed its ties with Mackey. He then came for a visit to Indiana's Hoosier Hysteria, and was quickly enamored with the possibilities in Bloomington.

"I kind of felt after Hoosier Hysteria that was where I was going to go," Holloway said. "I really loved what I saw and what was going on there."

While it might come as a surprise that IU was able to lure Holloway so quickly, he said he's actually had an eye on Sampson's program long before he started showing interest. He said he watched the team play UCLA in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament and thought that it might be a program he'd like to suit up for, even though he hadn't heard anything from anyone on the IU staff.

"There was just something about the Hoosiers that I liked," Holloway said. "Some times you see certain teams like the Duke Blue Devils or the North Carolina Tar Heels and there's just something you like about the team.

"That was the case with me and Indiana. It's pretty surprising that things happened so fast, but I guess it shows how much interest I had in them."

Holloway joins IU's '08 class that also features 6'8" wing Devin Ebanks, 6'8" power forward Tom Pritchard and 6'3" shooting guard Matt Roth. While the other three players are expected to sign during the early signing period next month, Holloway said he's still undecided whether he'll sign in the fall or spring.

"We haven't talked about it, but I'm guessing it will probably be the spring," Holloway said. "I'm guessing coaches want you to sign as soon as possible, but I want to wait and make sure I'm making the right decision."

Assuming Holloway does in fact sign with IU, the Hoosiers will be getting a point guard who averaged 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals last season at Hempstead H.S. He's since transferred to Harmony, a move that's expected to help him get his academics in order for next season while also providing some better day-to-day competition for him in practice.

That's important to Holloway, who has visions of playing soon upon his arrival in Bloomington.

"(Sampson) thinks I can make a contribution as soon as I get on campus," Holloway said. "He talks about me fitting in with the team, that we have a lot of really good perimeter players."

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