Indiana Basketball: Realistic Expectations for Hollowell in 2012-2013

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIAugust 18, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, IN - FEBRUARY 28:  A Indiana Hoosiers cheerleader performs during the Big Ten Conference game against the Michigan State Spartans  at Assembly hall on February 28, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jeremy Hollowell is a member of Indiana's fantastic freshmen class this year. I think he could realistically be the best scorer out of that group by the time his playing career is done.

Hollowell has a very tall frame and has been beefing up all summer down in Bloomington. He's going to be very difficult to defend as he's very tall with great range. He's also very quick and can handle the ball good enough to be a slasher.  

I think Hollowell will end up being the leading scorer on this Hoosiers team within his junior season and possibly his senior season if he stays that long. He definitely has NBA talent and is the right size to be a shooting guard in the NBA.

At 6'7", he's going to be a big matchup problem for many schools, and the scary part is he's still growing.  

As far as this year goes, realistically I can see a six-ppg, three-rpg season for the freshman out of Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. Hes not going to see a ton of court time this year with Jordan Hulls, Maurice Creek, Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey all playing in front of him.

He will get spurts in every game, though, and I think he will be productive when he's in.  

Hollowell can score in bunches and he should do just that when his number is called.  

Where Hollowell will get his points is in transition and breaking down a defender in the half court. Indiana has the deepest team in the country and will look to run the ball a lot to wear down their opponents. No other team has the depth Indiana has, so they will surely be gassed by time Hollowell enters. With his size and athletic ability, he will get a lot of easy transition buckets.  

I think Hollowell is be a very solid player at Indiana, and if he can adjust to being a bench player this season and produce when he's out there, he will be great.