No one is ever going to sell South Carolina forward Murphy Holloway short on effort. The 6-foot-7 forward from Dutch Fork High School wore players out at the recent Nike Hoop Jamboree and now he's looking forward to seeing his favorite school at the Nike All-American camp in a couple of weeks.
"I only play to get better," Holloway said. "I go after it every time I play."
That is how he played at the Hoop Jamboree. Rivals.com basketball recruiting expert Jerry Meyer was on hand to see Holloway and the other players at the camp and spoke highly of the Palmetto State prospect.
"Holloway played an aggressive, confident style of basketball that served him and his team well," Meyer said. "He didn't try to do too much with the ball, but when he did attack, he was decisive and explosive. Being a lefty adds to his unique style of play and defensively he is active and around the ball."
"I just went out there and played my game," Holloway said. "I didn't do anything that I don't usually do. I knew I had to play my game and that was it."
His play earned him a spot at Nike's top individual camp on July 5 in Indianapolis.
"Going to the All-American camp is giving me a lot of confidence. I know it is going to be better competition there and it is going to be harder than the Hoop Jamboree," Holloway said. "That makes me want to work even harder."
He will have added motivation at the Nike All-American camp because Arizona will certainly be there to get a good look at him. The Wildcats are his early favorite.
"In college, I think I'll end up going to Arizona," Holloway said. "I like their style of play and I like the coaches at Arizona. Plus, my dad (Kevin Maddox) went there. He and I took a visit out there and we really like the facilities and what they have to offer."
Holloway said he is looking forward to showing Lute Olson and staff what he can bring to the table.
"They said they haven't seen me play in person yet," Holloway said. "They've only seen clips of me from my high school games. They said they can't offer me until they see me live."
Tennessee, South Carolina (offer), Clemson, DePaul, Miami and North Carolina are also in the mix, Holloway said.