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Chicago Harlan’s Clarence Holloway Commits To Rick Pitino And Louisville
December 4, 2003
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(Clarence Holloway has been ruled eligible to play this season for Chicago Harlan High School)
Chicago Harlan center Clarence Holloway has given a verbal commitment to play college basketball for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. Holloway, a legitimate 7-footer, ranks as one of the top Class of 2005 basketball prospects in the state of Illinois.
Holloway transferred this fall from Chicago Fenger to Chicago Harlan. Injuries kept Holloway off of the basketball court for most of his freshman and sophomore high school seasons. Holloway did not play much on the AAU circuit, but did play at the Adidas Camp this summer. Holloway has played on the Chicago summer basketball circuit with Fenger the past two years, and Chicago Hoops was able to scout him extensively during that time.
Despite his lack of court time, Holloway was still a hot commodity among high major college recruiters because of his size. The University of Illinois, Holloway’s home-state school, was among those in hot pursuit of Holloway. Off the court, Holloway is one of the nicest, and well-mannered prospects you will ever meet.
Holloway’s game has tremendous upside potential! However, he is still very, very, very raw. He brings 7-foot size, a big body and soft hands to the table. However, his skills are still very much under development. He must develop both his footwork, and his post moves inside. At times, he tends to wander out on to the perimeter to take jump shots. He must work to improve his rebounding, shot blocking and positioning skills inside. He has made tremendous strides in his conditioning over the past couple of seasons.
Holloway needs to play! Having to sit out this high school season due to transfer rules in the city of Chicago would greatly hamper his development. Next year, Harlan figures to be much improved with the additions of Holloway, and 6-7 power forward Jeremiah Bryant, who transferred to Harlan with Holloway. They will join a team that includes 6-5 guard/forward Andre Gullens who ranks among the top Class of 2006 prospects in the state of Illinois.