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Prospect Profile

Tu Holloway

  • Full Name: Tu Holloway
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-0 / 180
  • Birthdate: August 21, 1989
  • College: Xavier
 

Strengths:
* Extremely quick/great first step
* Good passer
* Tenacious defender
* Intense competitor
* Thrives in clutch situations
* Great free throw shooter

Weaknesses:
* Size
* Jump shot needs work

NBA projection:
Holloway has been projected in the second-round to undrafted category. His size is a problem. NBA teams will have to be satisfied that The Fight was an aberration, not a sign of future troubles to come. Plenty of undersized guards have made a comfortable living in the NBA. Holloway is quick enough to hang in the league. And he’s competitive enough. And he’ll work hard enough to shore up his weaknesses. In the summer of 2010, Holloway took 39,000 jump shots in an effort to refine his mechanics.

2011-12 Season:
Holloway put together another solid season, but it was marred by The Fight, the now-infamous brawl with cross-town rival Cincinnati. For a time in the aftermath of the controversy, Holloway’s game seemed toned down a bit, as though he lost some of his swagger, but he regained it in time for the NCAA Tournament and led Xavier to the Sweet 16. He was chosen first-team All-Atlantic 10, was chosen an All-American by CollegeInsider.com and was selected to the All-Jesuit team along with, among others, Georgetown’s Jason Clark and Marquette’s Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom.

Key statistics:
17.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 3.0 tpg, 1.5 spg, 36.7 mpg, .429 FG, .346 3PT, .862 FT

Cool statistic:
Holloway averaged 22.7 points in Xavier’s three 2012 NCAA Tournament games, fourth among players who won at least one game in the tournament.

Reminds me of:
Rajon Rondo

What Insiders Say:
Xavier coach Chris Mack
"Tu has made such big plays throughout the course of his career — the moment's never too big for him. We were very fortunate [in an NCAA Tournament win over Notre Dame]. He tried to split a ball screen late in the game and it became a loose ball and fortunately Kenny [Frease] picked it up and we were able to call a timeout. But that's who [Holloway] is, he's extremely courageous. He's never one to let somebody else take over. He doesn't do it selfishly. He just has a huge belief in himself. And his teammates do, as well as does his head coach."

What Outsiders Say:
Winthrop coach (former Xavier assistant) Pat Kelsey
"I’ve been around a lot of really good players. He’d be the ninth NBA player I’ve had the opportunity to coach and be around at the collegiate level. They all have different positives and negatives. I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a more fierce competitor than Tu Holloway. On the court, between the lines, his competitiveness is off the charts. I’ve never seen somebody that just loves to compete as much as he does.
"Late in the clock, late in the game, you need to make a big play. Not many guys I’ve been around I’d rather have the ball in his hand than Tu Holloway.”

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey
"He's so good in end game situations. I sat here yesterday and talked about I saw him do it to Vanderbilt, come back and beat them there, saw them come back and beat Purdue. So you know it's coming, you're just hoping you can weather it. I thought overall we did a pretty good job on him and challenged some stuff and took some charges. But he is … he's a great guard. And he loves those end game moments, and he's done it time and time again. Our young guards can learn something."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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