Bloomington – Jeremy Hollowell got a reminder yesterday about just how big basketball is in the state of Indiana.
When the Lawrence Central H.S. sophomore-to-be came to town along with his Spiece Indy Stars AAU teammates Ron Patterson and Kellon Thomas for an unofficial visit, the 6'5" Hollowell had a wide-eyed, autograph-seeking youngster come up to him asking for his signature.
"That was pretty cool and made me feel good," Hollowell said. "I really like the fans at IU, how they support the program and basketball there."
That youngster isn't the only person who is a fan of Hollowell's. IU Coach Tom Crean is as well, and Hollowell said the Hoosier coach told him he's ready to make an Indiana scholarship offer official when he returns to town along with his mother.
Hollowell said he plans to be back with his mom as soon as his AAU schedule will allow, and Indiana will join Cincinnati and Iowa as the schools to offer the Indianapolis area standout a scholarship. He said he thinks both Ohio State and Xavier are also close to offering.
During his visit Tuesday Hollowell spent the majority of his time talking with the Indiana coaching staff about the program and the direction they see it headed in the future. He also heard some very positive reviews on his abilities from Crean.
"He's telling me that he really likes me and thinks I'm the best wing in the class," Hollowell said.
While Hollowell only has one year of high school basketball under his belt, he is already showing signs of being a special talent at the next level. He has the size to play on the frontline if needed, but his skills are more focused on the perimeter where he's an excellent 3-point shooter.
"My versatility is one of my biggest strengths," Hollowell said. "I can post up, I can shoot from deep and I can also get to the basket. I feel I can guard just about every position and fit in just about anywhere I need to."
Crean is certainly hoping that Hollowell ultimately decides that he fits in best with the IU program. Hollowell clearly fits the mold of player that Crean has coveted during the course of his coaching career as a versatile playmaker who can play a variety of positions.
Following yesterday's visit from Hollowell, IU's head coach and assistants figure to be keeping close tabs on Hollowell in the coming weeks now that they are able to go on the road to the high-profile AAU events. The Spiece Indy Stars have a handful of players that Indiana is interested in, with Avon's Austin Burgett joining Hollowell, Patterson and Thomas on IU's watch list.
While Hollowell says his decision is still a couple of years away, he admits that the thought of playing with some of those AAU teammates at the collegiate level does come up frequently.
"We talk about (the idea of playing together) just about every time we're with each other," Hollowell said. "We talk about the schools we like and the ones we could see ourselves playing at."
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