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Prospect Profile

Tu Holloway

  • Full Name: Tu Holloway
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-0 / 185
  • Birthdate: August 21, 1989
  • College: Xavier


   * Quick first step
   * Gets to the rim and gets fouled
   * Great free throw shooter
   * Sees the court well
   * Capable defender
   * High basketball IQ
   * Good rebounder for his size


   * Size
   * Three-point stroke inconsistent

NBA projection:
Holloway is trying to figure out what his options are and has not signed with an agent, meaning he can pull out of the draft and return to school. He's got the skills to compete for a job in the NBA, but he’s not an ideal candidate because of his size. No one could criticize him if he decided to play his final season in college.

2010-11 Season:
Holloway was chosen the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a third-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, Basketball Times,, and Holloway led Xavier in scoring (19.7 ppg, second in the A-10), assists, (5.4 apg, first in the A-10) and free throw percentage (.870, second in A-10).

Key statistics:
19.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.4 apg, 3.4 tpg, 1.4 spg, 38.4 mpg, .424 FG, .345 3PT, .870 FT

Cool statistic:
Holloway had two triple-doubles (12 points, 10 rebounds, 14 assists against Wake Forest and 26, 11 and 10 against Fordham) this season and came within one rebound of a third (12 points, nine boards, 15 assists against La Salle).

Reminds me of:
Chris Paul

What Insiders Say:
Xavier coach Chris Mack
"I think when you talk about a Jimmer Fredette or Kemba Walker, they had far more accolades than Tu did coming into the year. Having said that, I think Tu has had every bit as good of a season as any All-American candidate. I really believe that. I think he's been a focal point of our team.

"He's done a great job of striking the balance of running our team, getting the ball to our bigs, and also taking over at times with the scoring that he can provide. … I knew he would be the backbone of our team, one of the best players in the conference. But to say that I knew he was going to be the A-10 Player of the Year, an All-American candidate, one of the most clutch players in NCAA play this year, I couldn't have said that, to be honest with you. But Terrell has worked harder than any other player I've coached, and I've coached a lot of really good ones.

"He has such a work ethic. Basketball is so important to him. And to those that work the hardest, usually they're rewarded the most."

What Outsiders Say:
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
"A lot of times when he forces help he gets fouled, but he puts your team in constant rotation because of the ball screen and the coverage of the ball screen. They set multiple ball screens per possession.

"So Tu Holloway literally may in one possession get three ball screens by three different players. And I don't study any other teams other than the ones we play, but I would say that he probably gets more ball screens than any player in the country. And I'm not sure that he wouldn't be deemed the most effective from those ball screens."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

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