Indiana Basketball – Jeremy Hollowell Next Out the Door as Transfer

by Kent Sterling

Jeremy Hollowell is moving on from Indiana.

Jeremy Hollowell is moving on from Indiana.

The problem with fishing for tuna by using a giant net is that while you are going to get some tuna, you will also pick up dolphin, sharks, license plates, wooden crates, and turtles.  Indiana caught Yogi Ferrell in the class of 2012, but it also came up with Jeremy Hollowell, a player who never adapted to what was needed from him by teammates and coaches.

Today, the fish who is Hollowell removed himself from Tom Crean’s fifth recruiting class.  He fit the jersey, but never appeared a part of a unit on the floor for the Hoosiers.

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Good for Hollowell for recognizing it and deciding to try to play for a program where the fit might be better.  One thing that Hollowell and IU fans agree on is that his dreams of playing in the NBA were not going to be answered by staying in Bloomington.

That doesn’t mean that Hollowell is incapable of being an outstanding player somewhere, but it was clear from the outset that he was not going to be a great player at Indiana.

His two-game suspension this season for a “lack of focus” left fans to wonder just what selfish behavior he indulged in, but that discussion is now moot other than for the coaches of the schools who target him.

On the court, there were problems too – turnovers were too plentiful, and the made buckets too few.  Hollowell’s field goal percentage was 5% lower than any of the other eight players on the team who averaged more than 1.5 shots per game.  The turnovers were comparatively less problematic in reality than in my memory, as many of the Hoosiers averaged more than what Hollowell averaged per minute.  Among those who played more than 100 minutes in 2013-2014, only Evan Gordon and Yogi Ferrell notched more assists than turnovers, so giveaways were a team issue, not specifically a Hollowell issue.

Hollowell joins Austin Etherington and Noah Vonleh as former Hoosiers who also announced their intention today to leave the program.  Etherington will move on to another school, while Vonleh is going to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

Whether this signals the end of a small exodus from Bloomington is yet to be seen or is the start of dominos falling is yet to be seen, but while these three defections were entirely expected, others would not be.  Not sure anyone would be amazed by Peter Jurkin leaving, but given his 18 minutes of play in two seasons, I’m not sure it would be noticed.

Crean is busy recruiting replacements as I write, focusing on maturity and toughness.  I hope they are tall too, as minus Hanner Mosquira-Perea and Jurkin, the 2014-2015 Hoosiers as they are currently constituted would be small – really small.

Many complained that Hollowell appeared laconic, and questioned his love of basketball.  Below is an interview from almost four years ago where Hollowell explains his love of the game.  His tone reflected the perception that he was indifferent, but I never thought he was as indifferent on the court as he was uncomfortable.


5 thoughts on “Indiana Basketball – Jeremy Hollowell Next Out the Door as Transfer

  1. Matterhorn

    Ok Kent explain the Marlin transfer if you will. Kid gives up a scholly to walk on at IU. Now surely a walk on does not expect a lot of playing time, yet Marlin actually got quite a bit. So with one year left of eligibility Marlin decides to leave his dream school and transfer….. Really? Even walk ons at IU get the best looking girls, get treated like Gods, but Marlin decides to leave. Something ain’t right.

    1. kentsterling Post author

      I don’t know Marlin or his family and wouldn’t venture a guess as to his motivation. Being a walk-on a ton of work with very little recognition. It isn’t for everyone, but it could be for any number of reasons – none of them are necessarily our business. The soap opera aspect of the rabid curiosity surrounding IU hoops is troubling.

  2. Matterhorn

    Regardless of the soap opera surrounding the program or what you think of certain players the bottom line is this is not good. I’m not saying Jeremy would have been good as a senior, but why is Crean not redshirting some of these players and building for the future, I just don’t get it. Some of Knight’s great teams had seniors that were nothing more than role players and fan favorites. Maybe Crean should start tweeting some verses from the book of Exodus on his twitter. Totally weird he does that stuff.

  3. steve

    The movement class is a complete flop other then yogi. Look at the Michigan class that year verses our class. Makes me sick to see those Indiana boys in the tourney now and here we sit. Crean did not do a good job of getting the right talent in that class.


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