NCB On The Trail: Jeremy Hollowell

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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.

Tom Crean talks Top 10 class 

November, 10, 2011
Indiana head coach Tom Crean announced the Hoosiers' 2012 signing class on Thursday.

The class, ranked No. 8 on, features ESPNU 100 recruits Yogi Ferrell (Greenfield, Ind./Park Tudor), Hanner Perea (Colombia/La Lumiere School) and Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central) along with shooting guard Ron Patterson (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple H.S.) and center Peter Jurkin (Charlotte, N.C./United Faith).

"We believe this is a class that has an opportunity to develop into a very special group," Crean said. "They are dynamic competitors who bring explosiveness and energy immediately to the program. It will be exciting to help them develop and mesh over time. These young men are being coached and raised the right way. They have outstanding people helping them grow and when they get here, we will surround them with a group of coaches, staff and players that will hold them accountable to their respective talents."

"Even though our teams haven't been where we want them to be yet, this shows again, our program is in a great place."