UMass Announces C.J. Anderson And Rashaan Holloway As Men's Basketball Signees
Nov. 18, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Massachusettshead men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg has announced that C.J. Anderson and Rashaan Holloway have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Minutemen, beginning next fall.
Anderson is a 6-foot-5, 175-pound wing out of Memphis, Tenn. who can play guard or forward. He attends Arlington High School and plays club ball for Team Thad. He is a 3-star recruit according to both Rivals and Scout.com.
"He fits nicely with the type of kids we have and what we are trying to do here." Kellogg said. "It kind of keeps that Memphis pipeline going for us, from Sampson (Carter) to Demetrius (Dyson) and now CJ."
He was named to the Class AAA All-Memphis team a year ago after averaging 18 points, six assists and six rebounds while leading Whitehaven High School to a 24-10 record.
He played at Arlington as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Whitehaven for his junior season prior to returning to Arlington for this year.
Arlington is off to a 4-0 start and ranked fourth in Memphis this season. Anderson is averaging 22 points, 10 boards and 8 assists.
Team Thad reached the finals of the Gulf Coast Hoopfest and the Bill Hensley Memorial Run and Slam.
Holloway is a 6-foot-10, 280-pound power forward from Elmer, N.J. He has been a dominant player at Schalick H.S. and with the Philly Ballhawks travel squad. He has a 3-star rating by ESPN.com and is the No. 10 rated player in New Jersey.
"I really like him as a kid and he's got good people around him, so I think that's key for his success," Kellogg said. "He's a big guy with great hands and he can finish around the rim. And he brings something to us that we haven't had in a while in that he's a legitimate, true center."
Holloway averaged 22.8 points per game as a junior, with 17 games of at least 20 points for coach Eric Cassady. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark in February, just three days before a career-high 42-point, 21-rebound game. He also pulled down 13 boards per contest and blocked 140 shots over the team's 26 outings. For his efforts, he was named the Salem County Player of the Year and a First Team All-Tri Country Conference.
He led the Cougars to the South Jersey Group 1 semifinals and quarterfinals the last two seasons. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.5 rebounds during his sophomore season.
Holloway saw his game improve dramatically after his first two years of high school and through his AAU team. This summer he was named to the All-Tournament teams at the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest, Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest and Donofrio Classic.