2016 Pro Skills/Mansfield Summit (Texas) wing Curtis Hollis and the SMU coaches have been building a steady relationship and actively talking for a while, and Hollis believes good news could be coming soon regarding an offer.
“I think they will [offer] pretty soon,” Hollis said. “[Assistant] coach K.T. [Turner], we talk on an everyday basis, every other day, so they’re recruiting me really hard.”
The coaches have been selling SMU’s campus and environment to Hollis, and the 6-foot-6, 185-pound wing is highly interested in the school and the basketball program.
“They’re just telling me to play hard,” Hollis said. “And, SMU is a really nice campus. I’ve been up there a couple times. I like it. I would really be interested in going there.”
Hollis said he has watched SMU games on TV before too, and he can see himself fitting into the team’s system. He thinks he’ll fit into the team culture too.
“I notice they’re a family, and as a team, they do a lot of good things,” Hollis said. “Doing a little flashing, the little stuff, they have some people on their team who can do that…I think I do the little stuff really well. I rebound really well, I flash to the bucket. I’m trying to work on my shooting a little bit more.”
At the Houston EYBL, Hollis reported offers from UTEP, UNT, Texas-Arlington, Tulsa, Cal State-Fullerton, Florida International, Southern, Lamar and Incarnate Word. He said San Diego State, San Diego, Louisiana Tech, Boise State, Saint Louis and SMU are showing interest, with SMU, San Diego State and Boise State being the strongest. Hollis plans to cut his list at the end of the summer, but doesn’t have a specific decision timeline.
Pro Skills is 8-4 on the EYBL circuit this season, but Hollis said both he and his team have a lot of improvement to do, especially after a 1-3 weekend in Houston.
“As a team, I want us to come together, win as a team, stop being selfish,” Hollis said. “Personally, I want to do the little things that will help my team win.”
Hollis is averaging 4.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 18.7 minutes this AAU season. He is shooting 32 percent from the field.