Holloway Has An All-Around Game

Special to Phog.net
Posted Apr 14, 2007


Murphy Holloway isn't stat-stuffer. He doesn't score big, rebound big or assist big.  He's not very big for his position. The 6-7 junior PF/WF at Irmo (S.C.) Dutch Fork is less like a smothering of ketchup, and more like a dash of allspice.

Holloway showed at the last weekend's Boo Williams Invitational that he can do just a little of everything. So why is he being pursued by high-major schools? Because that little he does now should fully translate to college. Where many high school players shed attributes as they step up in competition, Holloway has the physical traits and intangibles to continue carrying on -- and he might actually be better.

To illustrate, consider Holloway's play against No. 1 junior Greg Monroe. Monroe enjoyed a height and skill advantage, yet Holloway was able to force him into some bad shots. With broad-shoulders and a wide, solid base, he's able to use his considerable leverage to move post players out of position. Because of his length and quick feet, he's also a bothersome perimeter defender.

That defensively versatility already has landed Holloway high-major scholarship offers.

"I've got offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn and DePaul," Holloway said. Although his claim to have an offer from Kansas may be premature, the Jayhawks certainly have expressed interest, and Florida has sniffed around some as well.

For Holloway to expand his options, his offense will need to improve. The lefty throws down some dunks and gets some garbage baskets thanks to hard work on the offensive glass, but he doesn't have much in the way of post moves or a jump shot.

Holloway recognizes his need to improve, and he also has some early priorities about what he'll look for in a college.

"The main thing is the overall gameplan," Holloway said, "and just how I fit in someplace. I want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff, too."

How does Kansas fit in?

"I really want to take an official visit there," he said. "I've heard a lot from Coach Self and Coach Dooley, so I want to see what it's like there."

Holloway will continue to tour with the South Carolina Ravens this spring and summer, and he plans to attend the Nike skills academics in July. He added that he's taking the ACT this weekend. 

Murphy Holloway Scout.com Profile



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