Lacking hype, Holloway enjoyed fine season

<b>BASKETBALL RECRUITING</b> <b>Clarence Holloway</b> doesn't get much hype in the Windy City, or nationally for that matter. But the 270-pound Louisville-bound center quitely enjoyed a solid senior season for Chicago's Harlan Academy.

Clarence Holloway doesn't get much hype in the Windy City, or nationally for that matter. But the 270-pounder has quitely enjoyed a solid senior season at Chicago's Harlan Academy (13-14).

Holloway, of course, will attend the University of Louisville next season. Last night, Holloway's season ended when his team fell 57-55 to No. 1 seed Marist (24-3) in the regional semi-finals.

"He's playing good," Harlan coach Dennis Holmes said. "He's been doing a good job in the low-post but he's still getting some tough foul calls against him - even when he's got his hands straight up in the air."

Holloway, according to Holmes, averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks per game. And when unburdened with foul problems, the 7-foot Louisville signee was difficult for opponents to stop this season.

"When the referees let him play he's just about unstoppable down low," said Holmes. "He's got a good repretoire of low-post moves."

Holloway battles current Iowa State
freshman Aaron Agnew for low-post
position at the 2003 ABCD Camp

Holloway's high school career has been injury-plagued, to say the least. This year, however, he stayed off the injured list and on the court. Because of that, his game, and his conditioning, have improved greatly.

"He's rebounding and getting up and down the court better this season," Holmes said. "And he's scoring more. His ball-handling has also improved and he's helped us break the press a lot of times."

"He's got a sore back right now, muscle spasms," added Holmes, "probably because he works so hard on his conditioning. He works out regularly lifting weights and uses a jumping aparatus. But he's played through the little minor injuries this season."

Due to spotty guard play, Harlan's opponents had the luxury this season to relax on the perimeter and collapse around Holloway in the paint. But that wasn't necessarily a bad situation for Holmes' team considering Holloway's unselfishness and ability to find his open teammates.

"He's smart enough to kick it back out and reverse the ball," Holmes said. "He's a good passer for his size."

Holmes also had high praise for his departing big man.

"He's very modest and coachable," said Holmes. "And he's confident in himself."

Holloway will play in the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic this April in Louisville's Freedom Hall.

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