Bloomington – There won't be a "package deal" involving recent IU commit Ron Patterson and close friend Jeremy Hollowell.
That's not to say that two of the top in-state Class of 2012 prospects won't ultimately choose to play together at Indiana, but the Hollowell said speculation that he'd end his recruiting process and follow Patterson to whichever school he chose was fiction.
"Ron and I are still close friends," the 6'6" sophomore from Indianapolis' Lawrence Central H.S. said. "I don't mean this to sound arrogant, but I don't think I need to be part of a package deal. It's still my decision on where I'm going to go. We're close and we'd like play together, but if it's not the right fit, it's not the right fit."
There's little doubt that Hollowell is an elite recruit in his own right. He's emerged as Scout.com's 37th-ranked recruit nationally in the 2012 class and a four-star recruit. He combines a deft 3-point shooting stroke with the size to play either on the wing or in the post if needed.
That combination of skills has earned him not only a lofty national ranking, but also a long list of scholarship offers. While he says that he's still open to any program that wants to recruit him, two programs have separated themselves at this stage of the game.
"I talk to Ohio State and Indiana the most," Hollowell said. "I'm still open, but those are kind of the favorites right now."
Hollowell said the IU coaching staff views him as a wing/small forward prospect, someone who can play inside or outside depending on the match-up. Ohio State's coaching staff, meanwhile, has compared Hollowell's blend of skills with 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year Evan Turner, saying he has the skills to play the virtually any position on the floor.
Both sound like appealing options to Hollowell, who says there's a lot to like about both Big Ten schools.
"With Indiana, I like the tradition they have there," Hollowell said. "It's an up-and-coming program. It's also the hometown school with all the fans, I really like everything about it.
"With Ohio State, I think their style fits me when I watch them play. I obviously like being compared to Evan (Turner), and I like how they're a winning program. They're always a good program and can make a run. They're always bringing in good players to compete for a championship."
Both Indiana and Ohio State have been after Hollowell for some time, and he's taken long, hard looks at both schools. While he knows pretty much what there is to know about the programs, he admits that it's unlikely that he follows Patterson's footsteps and commits anytime soon.
"Sometimes I feel like I want to get it done and I think about making a decision," Hollowell said, "but I will probably wait and take my time. I still want to keep things open."
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