Hottest Recruit in Tennessee
Caleb Hollander. A name unknown outside Nashville, perhaps unknown by some hoopers in Nashville, until April of this spring.
The homeschooled slick-shooting wing thrived in anonymity the last two years, competing with the Nashville Central Christian Warriors High School squad.
Now Caleb Hollander is the hottest recruit in the entire state.
“I have to narrow my list down,” said Hollander, who is under the weather after an exhausting, productive month on the road. “I got seven offers in (the last) two/three days. Charlotte, UTEP, Belmont, Austin Peay, Bowling Green, and Santa Clara.”
New schools of interest emerged daily throughout the hectic July. Tales of sparkling performances emanated daily from Team CB games. He dumped in double digits in South Carolina early July. Then Caleb and Grayson Murphy (Independence High School) were selected Top 15 Performers at Best of the South (BOTS).
Hollander averaged 16+ ppg and 9+ rpg in Atlanta. The capper came this recent Sunday in Kansas City.
“He averaged over 22 points in (the) KC Showcase Classic last week, including 37 points against Big 10 & SEC-offered 6’10 Jack Nunge in front a ton of HCs there to watch Nunge kid,” said family friend Tim Ross. “Caleb was 8-9 from three, and only missed three baskets the entire game.”
Team CB got the win, upsetting Pocket City by four points.
The exceptional shooter reminds of Doug McDermott. Tall for his position, Hollander can shoot from anywhere, but also put it on the floor. He is not a face-up four in the modern sense because Hollander slashes like a big wing. More nimble than your face-up four, he has molded himself into a attack-minded combo forward.
Grinding in Silence
Last winter Caleb reclassified to the class of 2017 because, “I wanted to develop more as a person and more as a player. It helped me get through some personal things that were going on with my life. My uncle really helped. Mr. Ross (Tim) really helped. He is not technically my uncle, but a really close family friend.”
Though Hollander reclassed, or decided to, last September, Lipscomb was the lone offer for month after month.