Hollowell, Patterson A Package Deal?

Bloomington - Indianapolis area sophomores Jeremy Hollowell and Ron Patterson were seated next to each other at Friday's Hoosier Hysteria. According to Hollowell, that could be a sign of things to come...

Bloomington – Wondering where 6'5" Lawrence Central H.S. sophomore Jeremy Hollowell will end up in college?

Just wait and see where fellow Class of 2012 prospect Ron Patterson from Indianapolis' Broad Ripple H.S. ends up.

Wondering about Patterson's college destination? Well, just look to see what Hollowell is thinking.

After all, according to Hollowell, there's more than just a chance that the two Indianapolis guards will wind up playing their college basketball together.

"We talk about (playing together) all the time, every time we're with each other," Hollowell said. "I can pretty much guarantee we'll go to the same college."

Indiana Coach Tom Crean is hoping that college will be Indiana. The Hoosiers have offered both prospects, having extended the Patterson offer midway through his freshman season and then following that up with an offer to Hollowell this summer following a very good AAU season with Coach Chris Hawkins' Spiece Indy Stars' squad.

The Hoosiers aren't the only ones with the thought of having the duo as part of their 2012 recruiting class. Hollowell and Patterson have drawn interest from many of the same schools, and Hollowell's offer list now includes Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa, Xavier, Cincinnati and Indiana State.

Hollowell has been making the rounds as of late checking out many of those various campuses. This past weekend he was joined by Patterson and Southport sophomore point guard Kellon Thomas in the front row of the south bleachers to watch Hoosier Hysteria practice at Assembly Hall. He returned to Bloomington on Saturday afternoon to watch a more traditional IU practice as well.

Friday night's appearance at Hoosier Hysteria was a first for Hollowell, who was at Purdue's season-opening practice a year ago. He said he came away impressed with what he saw during the two-hour event.

"I really liked it, seeing all the fans and how they support the Indiana program," Hollowell.

In Hollowell's mind, that fan support is one of the biggest draws about the IU program. He says he likes Coach Tom Crean's system that generally uses three guards and looks to push the pace, but the allegiance that the fans have shown to the program in both good times and bad have clearly made an impression.

"I really liked seeing how they had sellouts last year even though the team wasn't that good," Hollowell said. "They still had support from the fans, and now they're getting ready to the turn the program around."

While there's a lot for Hollowell to like about IU, he continues to look at his other options as well. He might head to Xavier this coming weekend to check out Coach Chris Mack's program, and he's got an Oct. 30-31 unofficial visit to Tennessee in the books.

After that, he'll be turning his attention to the start of his sophomore season at Lawrence Central. Hollowell was on the varsity roster as a freshman, although he played sparingly. After his successes on the AAU circuit and with a year under his belt, he should emerge as a go-to player this year on his prep team.

"I'll probably be the main scorer and probably have to lead the team because we won't have a lot of experience," Hollowell said. "So I'll have to step up and play hard every game. I know I'll have to go out and give my best game every night."

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