Tu Holloway Rumors

The amount of quality undrafted prospects isn’t enough to make up a whole third round — something your’s truly has thought about in the past — but there were quite a few players that should get looks at next month’s Summer Leagues in Vegas and Orlando. Among them? West Virginia Mountaineers forward Kevin Jones, New Mexico Lobos forward Drew Gordon, Iona Gaels point guard Scott Machado, Maryland Terrapins guard Terrell Stoglin, Georgetown Hoyas bigs Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims, Tu Holloway of Xavier, Northwestern’s John Shurna and Mississippi State big man Renardo Sidney.
For good luck, Scoop Jardine placed his belongings by Jeremy Lin’s locker in Westchester before his workout. Scoop said delivering passes to fellow Syracuse standout Carmelo Anthony would be “the easiest job in the world.” Says Melo texted him often this season as Syracuse soared atop rankings. Hoping #Knicks pick him at 48 and feels did real well in his matchup with Tu Holloway today.
The Nets again are holding a mass pre-draft workout this weekend with 44 NBA hopefuls scheduled to attend. The Nets, who are holding the workout in conjunction with the Rockets, staged a similar combine last year. All 30 NBA teams are expected to have representatives on hand to watch skill tests and 5-on-5 competition for the mostly second rounders. Nope, no one from Kentucky. There will be a lot of local talent including Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder of Marquette, a 6-6 235-pound forward. Other familiar faces are 6 -7 Syracuse forward Kris Joseph, 6-1 Iona guard Scott Machado and 6-0 Xavier guard by way of Long Island Tu Holloway.
5. Tu Holloway, Xavier – Too high for one of the 5 best players in the history of the Atlantic-10? Nope. 4. Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut – Is this too high for a quiet kid who won’t have Kemba Walker around anymore and will have to become the team’s leader? Nope. 3. Terrence Jones, Kentucky – Inconsistent as a freshman (who isn’t?), but I’d say he’s the most talented player on Kentucky’s loaded roster (right now). 2. Harrison Barnes, North Carolina – Inconsistent as a freshman (who isn’t?), but enjoy him while you can before he’s a top 3 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. 1. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State – I’m just glad he stuck around for his sophomore year. Stay all four, like Hansbrough did!
As expected, Xavier junior guard Tu Holloway has declared for the June 23 NBA draft. He has not hired an agent. “I want to explore my options and gather as much information as I can to see what opportunities might exist for me,” Holloway said. “I’ve always had a dream to play in the NBA and I want to see what the opportunities are and make the most well-informed decision about my future.” “Terrell wants to gather all of the input he can on what his NBA opportunities might be,” Xavier coach Chris Mack said. ”We will support him and help him throughout so he can make a wise decision. He has nothing to lose going through this process.”
I’ve had countless emails and Tweets asking about Tu Holloway and the rumor that he’ll be leaving XU a year early to play overseas. Multiple sources say it’s not true. Holloway’s ultimate goal is to play in the NBA. It doesn’t make much sense to skip a final year of eligibility at Xavier – where he could earn a degree, gain more exposure in front of scouts and build on what he did this year – for a chance to make make some money overseas. To my knowledge, Holloway is back at school and not en route to Europe.