Once considered a mid-major player in the 2016 class, Pro Skills wing Curtis Hollis has high-major attention after reclassifying to 2017. He released a top five of SMU, TCU, USC, Memphis and Tulsa earlier this month.
“SMU, they have a new coach, but he’s always been there and he’s a good dude,” Hollis said. “Memphis, they have Tubby Smith, and he’s a really good dude too. He also told me I’d be able to come in and play right away, which is a big factor. USC, it’s in California and I’ve always thought it’d be cool to go to school in California and play in the Pac 12. And TCU, they just got a whole new coaching staff and they’re trying to pick their whole situation up.”
At SMU, Tim Jankovich took over for Larry Brown on July 8 after Brown resigned. Jankovich is a familiar name to Hollis and assistant K.T. Turner has been his primary recruiter.
“Coach Brown is a great coach and I’ve always wanted to play for him and I watched him growing up,” he said. “But it doesn’t make that big a difference for me. I wish the best for him, but coach Jankovich is a great coach too and they’re right in the process.”
In Jankovich’s more free-flowing offense, Hollis said SMU sees him as a wing that can handle the ball, get to the rim, run in transition and play defense.
Hollis took a June visit to USC with Pro Skills teammate (and now Texas commit) Royce Hamm and top-100 combo guard Jay Jay Chandler.
“USC has been recruiting me a lot. I took an unofficial after the Pangos camp and the campus was amazing,” Hollis said. “The coaches are amazing and the way they play is great.”
Even though playing on a big stage in a high-major league appeals to him, Hollis sees the upside in staying close to home too.
“I want my parents to be able to come to my game,” he said. “They’ve done a lot for me and I would love for them to watch every game I play in. It’s a huge factor, but we’ll see.”
Hollis visited TCU and SMU for games this past year. Hollis went to SMU in March and saw its senior day win vs. UConn. Like most recruits who visit Moody Coliseum for a game, he was impressed with the atmosphere.
“The environment, it’s crazy, the fans are crazy,” Hollis said. “The way the coaches get into it, I took notice of that too.”
Hollis, originally a North Texas commit, helped his team go 5-1 at GASO in Duncanville in front of lots of college coaches. He averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in 2015-16 at Mansfield (Texas) Summit High School. He is going to IMG Academy (Fla.) for the fall and will enroll at a college in January.
The 6-foot-6 Hollis said he plans to take his five official visits in August and September and will sign in November. He said the schools in his top five school are most likely where he will visit.