hoyaparanoia asks the first tough question in this, the post-Osama Bin Laden era:
With all of the focus on Hollis' potential departure from the team to the NBA (or elsewhere), have any of us (including Hollis) taken a really good look at what kind of talent he really is? Sure, it will hurt the team tremendously if he does not come back, but is HE being DELUSIONAL? And are WE not being CYNICAL enough?
After 2 years of playing (and 3 years of practicing) with the team, Hollis put up 8.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game. He averages less than 1 assist per game, and does not get to the foul line very much (where he shoots about 70%). Hollis is not a great ball handler. Sure, he had some big games and hit some big shots, but he also had a number of bad games with some questionable shots. YES, he can shoot the three well if he is set up but has difficulty creating his own shot.
IMHO, I don't think he gets drafted this year and he is not CERTAIN to be drafted in the first round next year (which, to me, is the only reason you would want to leave early). I think the Brandon Bowman comparison is instructive, though Hollis appears to be a much better outside shooter. Brandon is a little longer. Both players think they are better than they are.
Hollis is a talent and we like (or want to like) the guy. He can be casual. And yes, he will probably put up 14 points and 7 rebounds next year given the lack of alternative offensive options. But he is also likely to get much more defensive attention without Wright and Freeman in the backcourt, and limited other offensive threats in the paint.
What is Hollis THINKING????????