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Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, left, and Stanford Robinson celebrate during the Hoosiers’ exhibition win over Hillsdale on Monday in Bloomington.

Hollowell focal point for Indiana

Sophomore forward to see time running Hoosiers’ offense

– Add Indiana sophomore Jeremy Hollowell to the list of players leading the point-forward revolution in college hoops.

IU coach Tom Crean said he planned to use Hollowell, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, as a point guard at times this season, in place of sophomore Yogi Ferrell as a change of pace at the position.

The Lawrence Central grad made several appearances at the spot during the Hoosiers’ first exhibition game, and he earned a start in Monday’s 79-39 exhibition win against Hillsdale.

“He has to play in the backcourt for us this year,” Crean said.

“He’s got to be able to swing from one position to the other. He’s got to go from being the guy who takes the ball out of bounds to maybe when he comes back in the game, he’s the one getting the inbounds pass.”

After averaging just 9.7 minutes, 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman, Hollowell is expected to contribute much more this season.

He’s a player who can eat up minutes at both guard and both forward positions because of his length and athleticism.

“He’s just a big point guard, really,” Ferrell said of Hollowell, who played some point guard in high school as the go-to player for Lawrence Central in Indianapolis. “He can kind of overpower some of the littler guards that are guarding him out there. He’s doing a good job of driving the ball downhill and finding open guys.”

Hollowell was tied for fifth on the team in minutes with 21 during IU’s exhibition opener Oct. 26. He was second on the team in scoring, as well, with 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting.

Monday, he was just 2 for 7 on field goals but posted six rebounds, six points, three assists and a steal in 24 minutes – the second-most time among IU players.

The sophomore said he has enjoyed playing a variety of spots.

“I’m a lot more comfortable out there,” he said during a pregame news conference Sunday. “I learned a lot from last year, how fast the game is, and what I’m focusing on now is just slowing down, being patient and making the right play.”

Hollowell played at the point, posted up as a power forward and saw time as a swingman on the perimeter.

He also defended those positions.

“I’ve accepted the challenge,” Hollowell said Sunday. “I’m kind of used to it a little bit, but it’s a process.”

Crean said Hollowell is the type of player who performs better when he has the ball.

“He’s got to have great movement, great energy and be a catalyst for us defensively,” Crean said. “Tonight, there were some times that he really played through the fatigue. … He’s going to play a big role for us.”

smorrison@jg.net

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