Taveion Hollingsworth became the third member to verbally announce for Western Kentucky's 2017 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3 guard announced his decision to sign with Rick Stansbury's Hilltoppers at a ceremony at his school on Wednesday afternoon.
Hollingsworth also considered scholarship offers from UAB, Winthrop, Wright State, Murray State and Eastern Kentucky prior to committing to WKU. He also drew interest from Kentucky, Louisville and West Virginia in recent weeks.
He officially signed his Letter of Intent shortly after the ceremony.
“We’re excited to have Taveion join our basketball family,” WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said. “It’s very obvious he’s a terrific player from a really good high school program where he’s been really well-coached. At the same time, he’s a terrific young man and a great student, and we’re happy to have him and his family become a part of our program."
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A three-star prospect, Hollingworth's Scout.com evaluation describes a prospect that has the ability to score with range and can handle the stress of both guard positions.
"Hollingsworth has pretty good size at around 6-foot-3, and also is a good athlete with long arms. He is a pretty good scorer both going to the rim and from deep, and can even handle the point guard position for a few minutes at a time."
He earned Sweet 16 MVP honors after leading Dunbar to its first Kentucky basketball title last season. He averaged 21 points as a junior and was a first-team all-state selection.
"It’s been a blessing to coach the best player in the state for the last four years,” Dunbar High School coach Scott Chalk said. “He is a special young man on and off the court and by far the most clutch player I have seen at his age in my 25 years of coaching high school basketball in Kentucky.”
Hollingsworth is the first member of the 2017 class to ink with WKU. Guard Josh Anderson and center Mitchell Robinson, a pair of Scout 100 members, are also committed in the '17 class.