Hollingsworth grabs UK HealthCare Player of the Week honors for January 9

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) He burst on to the scene last season helping lead Dunbar to its first Sweet 16 state crown in school history. Dunbar coach Scott Chalk knew exactly what he was getting the first time he saw Taveion Hollingsworth.

"We had him in the summer doing workouts in May or June before his freshman year, and we played our first couple of games over at Catholic in the summer league and after the first two freshman games, I was like this kid has got something different about him. He knows what to do and has a feel for the game."

Earlier this season, Hollingsworth pumped in 47 points in the King of the Bluegrass and the next night, December 30th, the WKU signee surpassed the 2,000 point plateau. He can score anywhere and at any time.

"I worked hard in the summer to get my handles up and to get my shot to be more consistent on that and it showed a lot last game," said Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth had 40 against LCA and 24 in the 4th quarter. The number speak for themselves...28.5 ppoints per game, 54% from floor, 47% from 3-point range, 76% from the line. He scores when everyone knows he's getting the ball.

"That's the thing," explains Chalk. "They're throwing every kind of defense against him. I mean he faces double-teams, zones which puts three or four guys in his area when he tries to make a move, so it's a pretty big task to do what he does night in and night out. I've been impressed with him more this year than even before so he's done some terrific things."



 

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