Bloomington – A closer look at the IU campus last week showed Jeremy Hollowell that there's a lot to like about Tom Crean's program.
The 6'8" Lawrence Central (Ind.) H.S. sophomore wing was in Bloomington last Thursday for an unofficial visit along with his mother. The one-day stop provided Hollowell's mom with her first chance to look around campus, while Hollowell was able to spend more time checking out the town as well.
According to Hollowell, both liked what they saw.
"After the visit, I really liked what I saw," Hollowell said. "I hadn't been able to see the campus as much in the past and I really liked that. Indiana is one of my top schools right now, but everyone is still pretty equal."
Hollowell's stop also included a chance to play open gym with a handful of IU players. After that wrapped up, he spent the rest of his time with IU Coach Tom Crean talking about what his role would be if he eventually opted to play for the Hoosiers as well as the benefits of the Hoosier program.
"He sees me as a person who can come off screens and shoot, someone who's interchangeable," Hollowell said. "He's really expressing that our (2012) class is really important and that he wants me to be a part of it."
Hollowell said Crean is talking about a big 2012 class for the Hoosiers. The state of Indiana is loaded in the '12 class, and Indiana appears to be in very good shape with the likes of Hollowell, Broad Ripple's Ron Patterson, Carmel's A.J. Hammons, Hamilton Southeastern's Gary Harris, and Park Tudor's Yogi Ferrell, among others.
"He said it should be a really good class to bring in about five," Hollowell said. "He was saying he wants it to be a really good class and it's a deep class."
Of course, Indiana is far from the only program that would like have Hollowell as part of its plans for 2012. He's also been offered by Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio State, Xavier, Iowa, Cincinnati, and Indiana State, while programs like Louisville, Florida and Florida State are now expressing interest as well.
That's an lengthy list of possibilities, and Hollowell said he already knows some of the things that will weigh most heavily on his mind when he makes a decision.
"The atmosphere and style of play is going to be really important to me," Hollowell said. "Also the coach and the coaching staff, plus the college overall and the campus."
All signs point toward Hollowell having plenty of time to ponder the possibilities. At this point he says he's in no rush to make an early decision.
"I would like to wait until next year after the AAU circuit is over," Hollowell said. "But sometimes I don't know. It gets kind of overwhelming at times and I feel like getting it out of the way sometimes. So we'll see how it goes."
Hollowell Likes What He Sees During IU Visit
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