Those two connections are important reasons why Indiana and Ohio State are the early leaders for Hollowell. While the Hoosiers and Buckeyes are in great shape with Hollowell, Rick Pitino is attempting to position Louisville for a shot to land the talented forward this spring.
Louisville assistant Walter McCarty has been laying the groundwork for the Cardinals and Hollowell, who plans to visit UofL next month, recently called and spoke to Rick Pitino.
"I talk to Coach McCarty a lot. He came to my open gym to see me work out and last week I spoke to Coach Pitino on the phone for the first time," Hollowell said. "So that was real nice. He just introduced himself and the school and was telling me about it and told me he's been following me."
What does Hollowell think about Louisville?
"I think it's a great school," Hollowell said. "They play in a great conference and have good tradition. I haven't set anything up yet but I'm probably going to visit in June."
"We won our first two tournaments and made it to the championship at the adidas May Classic," Hollowell said. "We're getting ready to go to Bob Gibbons next weekend. I'm trying to play harder and aggressive and helping my team however I can."
Recruiting interest from college coaches has also started to increase this spring.
"It's been pretty steady," Hollowell said. "Coaches are starting to recruit me a little harder now. I'd say IU, Ohio State, Xavier are recruiting me pretty hard and Louisville is coming on. Louisville hasn't said too much about an offer but Coach McCarty talked about it today if I come down to campus. Hopefully I can get down there real soon and see how things go."
What do college coaches like about Hollowell?
"They like how versatile I am and that I can play and guard multiple positions and shoot the ball," Hollowell said. "I like attacking from the wing. I'm working hard on my ball handling, pull up jumpers and my quickness this spring."
Hollowell managed a quick visit to Indiana on Wednesday.
"It went good," said Hollowell. "Indiana is a good school and they have great tradition. Plus, it's the hometown school. I actually grew up an Ohio State fan but I made my name playing basketball in the Hoosier state. So I'm starting to really like the Indiana Hoosiers. But Ohio State is still up there pretty high too."
Does Louisville have a chance to join that elite group atop Hollowell's list?
"Oh yeah, definitely," Hollowell said. "I really like the Big East – that style of play in the Big East. I like the uptempo style. Louisville is definitely has a chance. I like Indiana and Ohio State because that's where I'm from but I'm definitely open to every school."
Besides a likely visit to Louisville next month, Hollowell is also planning to visit Tennessee again this summer. Hollowell claims offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Xavier and Tennessee.