Mason lost to Maryland yesterday in the BB&T Classic but a bright spot for the Patriots was another strong outing from freshman Patrick Holloway. Holloway has already surpassed many preseason expectations, including my own. What is most impressive is not just his three-point shooting but his poise on the court. He is an undersized shooting guard but isn’t afraid to shoot with a defender in his face or drive the lane for a quick floater. The kid just hasn’t look much like a freshman and has been a breath of fresh air for a team that didn’t exactly light it up from behind the arch last season. Holloway’s been so impressive that fourth year junior Vertrail Vaughns, who started every game last season, picked up his first DNP yesterday. Paul Hewitt chose to go with Vaughn Gray and Patrick Holloway in the rotation and no one’s going to argue with that when it comes to this team’s offensive struggles.
George Mason has had opportunities to inch closer but hasn’t. Paul Hewitt looks committed to Patrick Holloway, has played down the stretch.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 2, 2012
#Mason looks like they found a player with Patrick Holloway. Dude has a super quick release, looks like a Curry brother
— JP Finlay (@jpfinlay) December 2, 2012
“Overall he’s a great player,” Terrapins guard Nick Faust said. “He’s definitely a Stephen Curry type. I would say. He has a fluid shot…He definitely lit us up in the beginning.”
Holloway has draw these comparisons since his AAU days so it’s nothing new for him. I think he has a long way to go before he should be compared to Stephen Curry though. He is small guard like Curry, that plays a lot bigger then he looks and seems to rise to the occasion of an important game. It’s also worth noting that Holloway seems to be in the early running for CAA Rookie of the Year, an award a George Mason player hasn’t won since 1998 (George Evans).
[Photo by John Powell]