Jeremy Hollowell's Benching Warranted as He's Been Biggest Part of Indiana Hoosiers' Problems

By Eric Smith
Ben Woloszyn-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Valley, PA- We knew Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean was sending a message to sophomore guard Jeremy Hollowell when he didn’t start him today against the Penn State Nittany Lions. But when Crean didn’t play Hollowell at all I knew something more was going on.

Hollowell has been bad. Actually bad is a nice word for how dismal he’s been. He’s been a cancer to this team which has caused them to start the conference season 0-2 and has been actually a huge part to why Indiana has lost all five games.

This season was supposed to be a breakout year for the 6-foot-8 sophomore. He has all the skills and tools to be an NBA talent. There was even talk that the Indianapolis native could have gone pro out of high school if he was allowed.

Hollowell is big enough to create his own shot. He is a very good shooter that can rise up over anyone, and he’s also very fast and athletic so dribble driving isn’t an issue for him. That’s why Indiana was supposed to be an NCAA Tournament threat this year as he was inserted in the starting lineup and allowed to showcase all of those tools.

Unfortunately, he’s been anything but.

He’s been lazy and for the most part doesn’t look like he even cares to be there. His performance is showing that.

In the last two games he played, he’s got a total of four points while going a combined 1-for-11 from the field and 0-for-4 behind the arc. In fact, he hasn’t hit a three since Dec. 7 as he’s 0-for-10 from behind the arc, 11-for-39 from the field and has committed 10 turnovers since the Dec. 10 game against Oakland.

In Indiana’s five losses, Hollowell has shot a combined 5-for-28 (17 percent) from the field, 0-for-9 from three-point land and committed 12 turnovers combined in those games. That’s not the effort Indiana is looking for out of their starting shooting-guard in those games. That’s why he’s been one of the biggest reasons why Indiana has lost five games.

I don’t think it’s a fluke he didn’t play a single minute this afternoon and Indiana pulled out a win on the road. The team showed fight and a pulse after a bad start. If Hollowell was in there that likely wouldn’t have happened.

Hollowell now has to find out if he wants to be a basketball player at Indiana University anymore. That type of selfishness and lack of effort isn’t needed at not just Indiana but any school. He needs to think long and hard about his future because he’s not needed at Indiana anymore.

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