HE has been touted by the likes of Adelaide 36ers coach Joey Wright as an NBL star of the future and the scar on Ishmael Hollis’ head proves it.
The power forward’s ability to attack the ring even catches Hollis by surprise sometimes with the 207cm talent slamming his head against the basket while dunking earlier this month.
Hollis is the South Western Metro Pirates biggest signing ahead of the 2015 Queensland Basketball League season and has bolstered the club’s hopes of a championship.
The move down under could be just the beginning of a booming Australian career for the 22-year-old who was unearthed by Wright while the Australian was coaching at the Worldwide Invitational, a summer league where players show off their skills to clubs.
Hollis said he would use the QBL as a launching pad to make it to the NBL.
“That is definitely a vision of mine and exactly what I’m working towards,” Hollis said.
“The summer in Las Vegas with Joey was great and he felt I did very well.
“He said he would be checking my progression and he really helped me get better in the few days I was with him.
“Hopefully one day I can play for his team because it would be a great honour.
“Also having the Brisbane Bullets starting their team back up it is a definite option but I have to keep getting better.”
South Western Metro men’s assistant coach Peter Pollock recruited Hollis for the club and backed him to make an immediate impact.
“He is full of energy and can certainly shoot it,” Pollock said.
“He only has a slight built but he is going to be really exciting to watch and Joey (Wright) said he is already pro ready.”
Hollis said he had already settled in to the Pirates’ style of play.
“It has been going great and I feel good about Australia,” Hollis said.
“I’m thankful to be among such a good group of guys. The training has been good so far and hopefully we can have a productive season.”
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