Bloomington, Ind. – Terrell Holloway's got something that Kelvin Sampson wants.
Sure, the 6'0", 175-pound senior at Cincinnati's Harmony Prep School has plenty of skills, evidenced by the fact he's Scout.com's 17th-ranked point guard in the '08 class. But it's the mentality that was equally as appealing to the IU head coach when he recruited the Hempstead, N.Y., product to Bloomington.
Holloway will arrive next full as a full-fledged, bona fide point guard, a role he's grown accustomed to during his prep career.
"My role on (Harmony) is to be a true point guard and leader for our team," said Holloway. "It's for the most part the role I've played my whole life."
Often times, college coaches wind up bringing in combo guards and then trying to develop them into point guards, an approach which has varying degrees of success. But this time around, Holloway said Sampson was looking for someone who was a proven commodity.
"A lot of guys are combo guards now, and I think it was important to (Sampson) that I was a true point guard," Holloway said. "Right now at Indiana, they have a lot of combo guards with guys like Eric Gordon, Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford."
It's getting harder and harder to find true point guards at the prep level, but Scout.com Recruiting Director Dave Telep said Indiana has found one in Holloway.
"He's a guy that can get in the seams and make plays for others," Telep said. "Holloway was one of the top options once Bud Mackey's situation evolved."
Truth be told, Indiana probably wouldn't mind having Holloway on the roster a bit ahead of schedule. With Bassett on the shelf for the time being with bone chips in his ankle, the Hoosiers have been leaning on some combo-types like Crawford and Gordon to man the point guard position.
Thus far, the Hoosiers have been able to overcome Bassett's absence and are off to a 2-0 start in the Big Ten and 13-1 overall, landing them in the nation's top 10 for the first time in 5 ½ years. While Holloway is busy averaging 15 points and nine assists for a Harmony team that's off to a 9-1 start, he said he's done his best to follow his future team's progress.
"I watch them as much as I can," Holloway said. "I've watched them on the Big Ten (Network), and I talk to Coach (Jeff) Meyer and Coach Sampson about the team as well."
Holloway said the IU staff is in touch with him about once per week, and their message has been to make sure he keeps working on the court as well as in the classroom.
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