#AskCoachB: Not a simple swap for IU

April, 2, 2014
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With the transfer of Jeremy Hollowell, the Hoosiers lose a small forward with a multidimensional offensive game. I like the way he creates shots for himself at his size (6-foot-8), which allows him to be an effective player in the lane when he is guarded by smaller opponents. Conversely, when he has a bigger defender on him, he can drag him away from the basket and produce.

ESPN 100 prospect Josh Cunningham is different, as he is more of an undersized power forward who scores best on open shots but does not have the range of Hollowell. Cunningham, a 6-7 senior from Chicago Morgan Park, beats opponents with straight-line drives as he lacks the ability to shake his defender.

The biggest difference is that the uncommitted Cunningham, ranked No. 99 in the ESPN 100, rebounds and defends better than Hollowell. I like Hollowell's offensive game when he is focused, and I like Cunningham as the better defender.

If Indiana can land Cunningham, the Hoosiers would pick up a good player who could contribute as a freshman.

Paul Biancardi

Basketball Recruiting

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