Injured each of the past three seasons, including a season-ending wrist injury suffered last January, Holloway has been working hard on the court and is focused on enjoying an injury-free senior season.
"In my opinion, he could be the most improved big guy in America," Harlan assistant coach Shabaka Macklin said. "He had three major surgeries his freshmen, sophomore, and junior seasons but now he's so different from the summer and ABCD camp. He's been working hard in the weight room and doing plyometric exercises. He looks great."
Not afraid of hard work, Holloway chose Louisville and Pitino last December because of the U of L coach's reputation for developing players and preparing them for the NBA.
Less than a year away from his arrival in Louisville, Holloway already has some clear goals in mind for his future as a Cardinal.
"I want to come in there, get my grades and work hard for Coach Pitino," Holloway said. "And I want to win a National Championship."
Generally regarded as one of the nation's Top 100 prospects, Scout.com national recruiting analyst Dave Telep says Holloway's game remains a work in progress.
"He has a developing game," Telep said. "He's got a measure of skill to his overall package. He can score in the paint. However, he's got to get himself to a playing weight where he's comfortable changing ends and playing with some pace."
Holloway, who was the first member of U of L's talented 2005 recruiting class, averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks as a junior.
NOTE For a more in-depth and extensive look at Clarence Holloway, be sure to check out the 2004-05 Inside The Ville Magazine Basketball Preview Issue that will be mailed out later this month!