Mar 16, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Tu Holloway (52) scores as Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Jerian Grant (22) defends during in the second half. The Musketeers defeated the Irish 67-63 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men

New York Knicks Draft Watch: Tu Holloway

Continuing in our series of potential draft targets for the New York Knicks with the No. 48 pick in June’s draft, we look at another guard in Xavier’s Tu Holloway.

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Tu Holloway (52) shoots Baylor Bears forward Quincy Miller (30) during the first half in the semi-finals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men

The 22-year old Holloway was the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year during his junior season and although he regressed a bit as a senior, Holloway still averaged 17.5 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists.

The Knicks worked out Holloway the last week of May and he’s an intriguing prospect for New York as the Knicks lack of point guard depth right now has been heavily documented.

As a scorer, Holloway mostly relies on his jumper, which can be a bit inconsistent at times. He was a 43 percent shooter from the floor and a 35 percent shooter from behind the arc. Holloway is best when he is presented with catch-and-shoot situations, but his pull-up game is pretty effective as well.

However against bigger and better defenders in the NBA, I worry about how much space he will have to be strictly a jump shooter.

He can attack the rim, but more so in transition than in the half-court set, which could present a problem in Mike Woodson’s offense.

I like him as a distributor though as he has a good feel for the game and makes good decisions overall. It’s an area of his game that he still needs to improve though as taking care of the ball was an issue this year, turning the rock over 3.0 times per game.

The area where I think Holloway could excel though is on the defensive end as he’s an excellent on-ball and team defender, which would be something Woodson would likely be very interested in.

Overall, there’s a lot of individual things I like about Holloway’s game, but I have concerns as if he can put it all together and become a quality NBA point guard.

Long-term I see Holloway as a backup in the NBA, but he has the skills to be much more than that. If the Knicks look to draft a point guard, Holloway will certainly be someone they look at, but there are other point guard options I like much better.


Tags: 2012 NBA Playoffs Mike Woodson New York Knicks Tu Holloway

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