September 13, 2010

Hollowell still has Ohio State in top two

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Thad Matta and the Buckeyes welcomed in one of the top targets of 2012 over the weekend when Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central forward Jeremy Hollowell made the short trip east to check out the Buckeyes. Going into the trip the No. 39 ranked player in the nation favored the Buckeyes and the Indiana Hoosiers at the top of his list and the Bucks didn't do anything to hurt their standing in Hollowell's eyes after the trip.

"It went really well," Hollowell said. "We got down there on Saturday morning and I watched the open gym because I couldn't play since I was injured. But I watched the guys play. I got to talk to the coaches and hang out and then go tailgating with the team and then we went to the football game."

The Buckeyes going into this season will have to go forward without Evan Turner who left for the NBA and was the No. 2 draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers. Turner was in town however to check out his former teammates as they were hosting a big recruiting weekend with guys from 2011, 2012 and 2013 all in town. Older guys like David Lighty and Jon Diebler won't be around if Hollowell decided to pick the Buckeyes with two years separating the talented 6-foot-6, 190-pounder and his college career. But that doesn't mean that he doesn't know all of the members of the Buckeye team from playing on the AAU circuit with or against them.

"They are all really good guys," Hollowell said. "I know them all pretty well. I am impressed with the number of great players that came back and then the number of alumni they have there as far as the basketball program, great players who played in the NBA and still are in the NBA. Just really good guys and good coaches and everything."

Hollowell has kept an eye on roster sizes and has tried to figure out where he might fit the best and in whose scheme.

"I think (the Buckeyes) would a really young team likely. It would be interesting to see how things would work out with who would still be there."

The four star target admits living within the borders of the Hoosier state has really put in him touch with a lot of Indiana fans at nearly every turn of the corner.

"Indiana has been showing me a lot of love, playing in Indiana I get a lot of love from fans and those fans are everywhere.

While it would appear either Ohio State or Indiana would end up with Hollowell at the end of the process the talented player still wanted to mention that he is feeling the love from schools like Florida, Wake Forest, Oregon, Tennessee, Xavier, Illinois, Cincinnati and Purdue to name a few.

Hollowell is in no hurry to make a choice as a 2012 player but has a plan in place, at least at the moment.

"I am going to try and see how both teams do this year and if there are any changes, people leaving and staying," Hollowell said. "Going into my senior year I think I would have a good idea of who would be leaving that year. I really can't predict two years ahead but I think maybe next year after the season, seeing how everything works out with all of the schools and not just those two and see where I could go in and have a chance to play."


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