One of the best point guards in the 2023 class, four-star Aden Holloway close to a decision and focused on a four-man group that includes Auburn, Miami, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.
One of the best shooters in the country, the six-foot shooter is ranked 41st overall in the 247Sports Junior Rankings and has been doing well this season with Team CP3 at EYBL Nike.
“I feel like things are going pretty well so far this spring,” Holloway told 247Sports. “I feel like I do everything better. I focus more on defense, I try to do it and rebound a little more. I try to do more than just score to influence the game in other ways.”
After playing his junior season at La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere, Holloway will spend his senior season in the West with Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep.
“This is another opportunity to improve and that’s what matters to me,” Holloway said. — I want to get better every year and always offer something new. This is another team with such a big stage playing against the best teams in the country.”
After another series of visits, Holloway saw each of his finalists and had the opportunity to build strong relationships at each school. He discussed what stands out with each.
Auburn: “First, it’s the connection between me and Bruce Pearl have. I just clicked right from the first visit, I felt this connection between us. Auburn place is an amazing place with amazing people. (Pearl) told me, he told me that my role would be that he was going to put the ball in my hands and let me be myself and just play. He said that his plan was that whichever way he went, it was up to me. He puts the ball in my hands and gives me the opportunity to succeed.”
Miami: “It was a great visit, even better than I expected. I didn’t know much about the other three programs before the visits, I didn’t really know about Miami, so I didn’t have much expectations. So that really surprised me.”
Tennessee: “Another great program and Rick Barnes great coach. He drafted as many point guards as were drafted, as many players in total. Tennessee is a beautiful place, Knoxville. There are great people in the state. Teammates welcomed me with open arms during my visit. It looked like I was going to be there to play with them the next day, it was crazy. It was nice, I liked it. Tennessee has a lot to like.”
Wake Forest: “It’s actually the fact that I started recruiting early, like they first saw it in ninth grade. I have a lot of respect for them and appreciate them for seeing it in me so early. The relationship I’ve built with coach Steve Forbes over the years is just, I really appreciate him for seeing that in me so early and sticking with me.”
Holloway has set his sights on Peach Jam, which will take place July 17-24, as a time frame for making a decision. Now, with less than a month left before choosing a school, it became clear in his mind what was most important to him.
“The program that is most honest with me because I feel like I thrive in an environment where there are good people and honest people. I feel like this will be a delimiter for me because all programs create a lot of possibilities. Many programs will let me play my part, so for me it comes down to the smallest things.”