Louisville's most recent verbal commitment, Chicago High School's Clarence Holloway, spoke with Inside The Ville following his teams loss to Chicago Austin Wednesday night.
Holloway, who had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists Wednesday night, said he's excited about becoming the latest player in Louisville coach Rick Pitino's growing arsenal and said he chose the Cards because of its future Hall of Fame head coach.
"I just like Coach Pitino and the way his players get better and better," Holloway said. "He's a great coach and I like the way he prepares his players to get ready for the NBA."
Holloway, who attended Coach Pitino's basketball camp last June, said he felt comfortable while in Louisville around the players and coaches in the program he'll join two season's from now.
"I felt good because of all the positive people around me and I liked that," Holloway said of Louisville. "I felt comfortable with everybody in the program."
At a solid 270 pounds, Holloway provides something the Cards haven't had in a while..beef in the post. Not since Felton Spencer roamed the paint has Louisville had a player the size or talent of Spencer, though Holloway is further advanced than Spencer at the same age.
Holloway has good hands and solid footwork in the paint and can hit the mid range jump shot if left open. He was clearly one of the better underclass center prospects at ABCD as a rising junior and could develop into a potent inside force under Pitino. He's an excellent passer for a seven footer who isn't afraid to park his body on the block and use a post move to score around the hoop. But he'll need to continue making strides with his conditioning and strength before he's ready to be a big time player at the high major level.
For those who haven't seen him play, Holloway describes himself this way.
"I can shoot, dribble and pass," Holloway explained. "And I have good post moves around the basket."
And with two years to go before he steps foot on the U of L campus, what will Holloway be working to improve before he gets to the Ville?
"I'm just going to keep getting better each day and continue getting my body in great shape," Holloway said.
Holloway is the first of three expected commitments from the class of 2005 for Louisville.