Its been a long process for Newark Eastside Guard Al Holloway. 4 years ago, Al came into Eastside a typical wide-eyed and rambunctious freshman not looking forward to practice, but definitely eager to get in the game. As a sophomore Al showed flashes of brilliance, but like most young players struggled to string together extended stints of stellar play. Add to that the typical debate about guards under 6 ft. being able to dominate and control games, along with an emerging superstar backcourt mate named Corey Chandler receiving most of the attention and accolades.
Most players would find that to be more than enough to throw in the towel. I reminded Al of players like Spud Webb, Tiny Archibald, Mugsy Bogues, Earl Boykins and of course New York Knicks sensational 1st round pick Nate Robinson. Al did you see Nate Robinsons highlights on Sportscenter last night? Al did you know Earl Boykins can bench well over 200lbs? Eventually Al got the memo and starting asking me the questions; are we going to the weight-room today, are we doing shooting drills today? Low and behold the transformation had begun. Al Holloway made the decision to become on of the toughest covers in a state loaded with good guards. Now when teams load up to stop Corey Chandler they pay the price for overlooking Al Holloway.
Luckily for Al the college coaches arent overlooking him. In a recent scrimmage against St. Patricks (#3 USA Today), Al emerged from the game as the best looking guard on the floor that day and drew the eye of many coaches in attendance in search of a good guard. Al followed that effort up with a Most Outstanding Player award against St. Anthonys in the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic, along with a 21 point effort in a victory against Plainfield. As each day passes more and more coaches are beginning to call. New Jerseys Best Kept Secret is Not So Secret Anymore!! If you are a college coach I suggest you put Al on your priority call list, if you are an opponent scouting Eastside make sure you include Al in your scouting report.