Jeremy Hollowell transfers to Georgia State

Jeremy Hollowell is getting out of Indiana, but leaving to play for another Indianapolis transplant and his son.

The former Indiana forward committed to Georgia State on Tuesday after requesting his release from IU in March. At GSU, he will play for Ron Hunter, who spent 17 years as the head coach at IUPUI before taking the head coaching job with the Panthers for the 2011-12 season. His son R.J. starred at Pike before following his dad to the Atlanta school, and he was a close friend and elementary school AAU teammate of Hollowell’s.

This year, R.J. Hunter was the Sun Belt’s Player of the Year and Ron Hunter was the league’s Coach of the Year. The Panthers won the regular season conference title with a 17-1 league record, but fell to Louisiana Lafayette in the conference tournament title game and Clemson in the first round of the NIT.

Hollowell will have to sit out a season because of NCAA transfer rules and will become eligible for the 2015-16 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I think he knows coach Hunter since they played AAU, him and coach Hunter’s son,” said Chris Hawkins, an Indiana Elite AAU coach and close friend of Hollowell’s. “Jeremy has family down there. For those last two years, you want to going to a place where the coaches know you and want the best for you. He’s comfortable with him. His parents are too. Overall, it’s just a good situation for him to be in.”

Said J.R. Shelt, Hollowell’s former coach at Lawrence Central: “Coach Hunter does a great job, he always has, of motivating guys. Jeremy will have an opportunity to shine. He gets a chance to play with R.J., who was conference player of the year, so he’s proven It’s a guy know going back to high school a guy that Jeremy respected.”

The move gives Hollowell an opportunity to reset a career that had mostly stalled in two years at Indiana. The 6-foot-8, 219-pounder arrived at Indiana as part of the vaunted 2012 class as the No. 41 rated player in the class according to Rivals.com, having averaged 23.9 points per game as a senior at Lawrence Central. As a freshman, he averaged 2.8 points per game in a reserve role on a team that would win the Big Ten regular season title and reach the Sweet 16, but he struggled in a sophomore season in which he started 15 of the 29 games he appeared in.

In 18.3 minutes per game, Hollowell averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, but he shot just 35.1 percent from the field and 21.9 percent (7-for-32) from beyond the arc after coming to IU with the reputation as an excellent outside shooter. He committed 43 turnovers against just 28 assists.

Hollowell effectively lost his starting job in January when IU coach Tom Crean benched him for three games because of a “focus issue.” Crean was asked then whether Hollowell was in fact suspended, but declined to take his explanation any further.

After all of those struggles, Shelt said it made sense for Hollowell to get out of town and start over somewhere further away from home.

“One hundred percent,” Shelt said when asked whether he thought the change of scenery would help. “One hundred percent. Coach Crean is a friend of mine and so is (IU assistant coach Tim) Buckley, so I’m not saying anything bad about Indiana University, but sometimes when a kid is around some people that are maybe dragging his focus away, it’s best to go someplace else. He’s going to go down to Atlanta, Ga., and just be a basketball player. He’ll go get involved in some summer leagues and pro-ams down there and just make a home for himself.”

Shelt said he expected that Hunter would be a good coach to keep Hollowell in line.

“I know IUPUI guys like playing for him,” Shelt said. “They know he’s demanding, but he makes the kids know that he loves them. That’s probably what Jeremy’s going to need. Somebody to tighten up the screws a little but, but let him know he’s there for him.”

Shelt made a point to say, though, that he didn’t believe coaching was the problem for Hollowell at Indiana or the reason he left.

“I just think he needed a change of environment,” Shelt said. “I just know he didn’t say anything, not one thing negative about Coach Crean and his staff. And when I spoke to Coach Crean, he didn’t say anything negative about Jeremy. I think he did him a favor by granting his waiver early. He could’ve waited until his grades came back. Both parties probably determined it was best for Jeremy. I think that says a lot for Coach Crean and his program. He does care about the players. But I think a change of environment will be good.”

17 comments

  1. This says a lot about JH’s attitude – going from a B1G program all the way to Georgia St.!

    Wish Jeremy well, but he has a lot of growing up to do. Onward!

  2. he will probably just be a marginal player there, too. people keep talking about this “great potential” he has. I don’t see any. can’t dribble, can’t shoot, slow, not physical, doesn’t play with much heart. just a miss by crean.

  3. All of the crying over the “massive transfers” and the end result is: 1) a homesick freshman (Luke), 2) a reserve for Butler (Austin), and 3)an enigma to GA St. Only the homesick freshman figured to play for IU at a high level in 2014-15!

  4. At the end of the day, “The Movement” was what I always instinctively believed it was…It was simply a hype machine invented by blind supporters that were attempting to argue/sell the “floodgates” opening on the heels of Zeller’s commitment. It was supposed to be symbolic of a new beginning(“New Generation”..remember that one?) of the local talent that would soon do anything to play for Indiana and Tom Crean.

    What we’ve learned is that there is far more confidence to leave Indiana than to stay. What we learned was that the short term success was not due to an invented “Movement,” but merely the product of one very talented center. It was all a charade to make IU fans believe we were still king in this land of storied high school hoops and b-ball talent breeding grounds.

    And don’t forget Remy Abell. He came on the latter stages of the “Movement,” but he represented a chance the same grit and blue collar mentality of the rest that lost faith(Fischer, Etherington, Creek, Abell, Patterson, Hollowell …And don’t discount the symbolic losses of solid character guys like Calbert Cheaney and Kenny Johnson).

    Maybe opportunity calls them all. I tend to think you win championships because of real development and backbone players in the middle of your bench. They are the players that make the difference. If you can’t recruit and make strides in development/confidence/synergy in those few select players on your roster not seeking NBA riches after only one or two years in uniform, then your really failing at what “Because it’s Indiana” is all about. Indiana Basketball was once a place where a talented kid was not recruited on a whim. It was THE destination and to wear the uniform was a dream come true. Those dreams rarely lost to homesickness or waning confidence that the man that recruited could make your special skill sets shine even brighter under solid coaching and maximizing roles. Indiana was never the destination for the supremely talented to bask only in their sun.

    There’s much more going on than homesickness. There’s the middle of the roster feeling disenfranchised and under utilized. The unsung heroes that bring you banners aren’t invested with belief. They are not homesick but longing for knowledge and appreciation their unique grit and skills they see wasted on sales jobs and slogans in the backdrop of a leader unequipped at instilling a confidence through demonstrated acumen for the game.

  5. Makes me also wonder if Noah Vonleh’s decision to go the one-and-done route came with inside knowledge regarding Kenny Johnson’s departure to Louisville. These moves don’t develop overnight. I would suspect that Kenny may have privately met with Noah and let him know he was soon to leave IU. If Kenny Johnson played a large role in the personal relationships forged to secure Indiana recruits from his East Coast stomping grounds, then it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think his leaving Indiana makes Bloomington feel less like their home away from home. Decisions to leave become less anchored in something akin to bonds that brought you in the first place. The money that brings security appear even more inviting when to stay is absent the eyes that you looked into when your first bags were packed to venture far from the familiar.

    DUSTIN: In theory there’s nothing wrong with that idea, but it should be pointed out here that Kenny Johnson really is special.

    But not every AAU coach is Kenny Johnson. Not at all.

    Johnson’s degree at Maryland was in cell, molecular biology and genetics. He’s an extremely intelligent man and very charismatic, and even though his rep was in recruiting, that didn’t mean he didn’t understand the game. His scouting reports were very good as well and he was well respected by players as more than just a recruiter. There are other AAU coaches who could fit that bill as well, but they aren’t as wide spread as you think.(courtesy: Scoop Live Chat Transcript/Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 5:21 pm EDT)

    Did Kenny also have a lot to do with bringing in Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson? Will they soon be keeping their options open and looking at Louisville? Do they both not seem like perfect dynamic fits for a top tier coach that knows how to put the entire product together?

    These are the concerns going forward. We have obviously made the blue collar guys feel lost in the mix. We used a ‘charismatic’ assistant to recruit high level athletes from East Coast academies needing a bit of that savvy found in Indiana blue collar teammates to smooth out and compliment their jagged edges…

    Where does Crean turn? Has he made Indiana less attractive to the 4-year college player up the road? Did he abandon a bit of the promises that were unwritten in the symbolic “Movement” to now watch it blowup in his face with Johnson going to Louisville? Seems like he shot his middle ground and beef of his middle bench in the foot while coddling the high risk projects, the eastern promises, and the Noahdipo future draft picks that groom a Cream resume.

    Now we’re back to desperation mode and relying on McClain’s next Guy-Marc Michel, Jeremiah April, to anchor out team in the paint? Such a terrible waste of the final real piece of the “Movement” that remains. Yogi Ferrell and Blackmon could have ruled the Big 10 backcourt world with Noah in the middle.

    There may be a lot of homesickness to come.

  6. During a Thursday afternoon interview with ESPN 1100 AM in Las Vegas, Michigan coach John Beilein offered no hints of any(McGary) coming announcement.

    He instead delved into his role in aiding players facing the NBA question.

    “You want to make sure they really understand how things are going to change, the environment is going to change. Are they ready?” said Beilein, who was on-air to promote an upcoming Coaches vs. Cancer golf tournament in Vegas. “I laugh all the time when people say, ‘The reason they’re going to the NBA is because they’ve always dreamed of it.’ That should have no bearing on why you go to the NBA. It should be because you’re ready and you want to have a career in the NBA and you feel that you can do that.

    “You’re trying to really talk to an 18-, 19-, 20-, 21-year-old kid about very worldly things and the value of education versus going out and making the NBA. Sometimes it works out great. Sometimes it doesn’t. You try and make sure they think of everything before they make any type of decision.”

    Now that’s what I call a honest, mature, and very down-to-earth coach. Stay in college, Mitch. Prove you can be your own person in a world of followers and self-glorifying prima donnas. I don’t wish you to stay because I’m a fan of Michigan. I wish you to stay because I’m a fan of the eccentric and fertile mind that fights against the easy lures of bucks and lazy brains. I wish you stay to save what little remains of honor in the college game pimped out to NBA execs and cable sports networks. I wish you to stay to declare not your draft but your independence from greed. Stay for the love of the game. Stay for the memories that shall remain. Stay for nothing they can ever steal with the shaking a wad of greenbacks in the face of a price they put on your name.

  7. You shouldn’t be so harsh on Higgi, coachv, and BeatPurdue.

    My Friday morning, Quinn Buckner, dedication(for those of you that watch the Pacers on Fox Sports). In your face Wichita State! Record-breaking season, my ass. You have to run the tables in the NCAA tournament to claim our ’76 stage!

  8. …undoubtedly Meatchicken bringing out that sublime Chesterton/Region upbringing…

    …BYU transfer Matt Carlino visiting PUke and Marquette soon…He and Gunner Kiel transfer so often they must take Dramamine every morning…

  9. Dumb mistake. I’m not going to defend smoking weed around teammates during the NCAA tournament or any other time.

    The kid was always labeled as dumb in high school by cruel people that probably knew he suffered from ADHD. The worst medicine for such difficulties of discipline effecting mental focus and attempts at controlling colliding emotions in the neurological scrambles of the ADHD mind is likely idle time. McGary likely substituted pot for the same calming effect basketball could provide. Now his mistake adds greater stigma to the “idiot” labels he fought so hard to battle through in high school.

    I’m a forgiving soul. At the end of the day, I always felt McGary had his heart in the right place. He’s not a mean young man. he bonded with a kid from a completely different side of experiences. I remember his father from my high school days. He should still remain very proud of how his son has battled through the cruelty and kept a positive frame of mind. So many of us make mistakes(they’re never called mistakes because we’re never caught in them). So many of us choose cruelty over kindness and prefer to act flawless in our arrogance and condescension.

    I think McGary would have preferred to stay in college. He embraced the idea of staying young at heart and he probably got the greatest high from feeling accepted. Sad that he took that away from himself.

  10. correction:

    So many of us choose cruelty over kindness and prefer to act flawless in our arrogance and condescension…[while proceeding to make it our irreproachable religion].

  11. Clarion-

    I’ve never met a farmer that doesn’t like to bitch about pigs rolling in the mud while remaining completely obsessed with always jumping in.

  12. …we now know what your man Mitch thinks his scholarship is worth…so much for mentoring by John Beilein…don’t run out of acetylene…

  13. welllll ,All Im going to say is repeat what JH’s former high School coach said “a change in the environment” HMP with DUI and now this on the heels of Kenny Johnson’s Lateral move;makes person wonder what “environment” is being built and nutured

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