Caleb Hollander is a homeschool high school basketball player for the Nashville Central Christian Warriors. He is a college basketball prospect and has been one of the players helping bring exposure to homeschool basketball.
Homeschool sports have not been viewed on a big stage until recently. North Carolina Tar Heels forward Justin Jackson was one of the first breakout homeschool basketball players, while Arizona Wildcats guard Allonzo Trier was another. Hollander may not be a household name when it comes to college basketball recruiting, but he is a player that needs to be monitored closely moving forward.
Throughout the 2015-16 basketball season with NCC, Hollander ended up averaging 24.6 points per game. He was a lethal scorer and no defense seemed to be able to stop him.
Hollander was able to lead his team to a national championship victory over the Oklahoma City Storm.
Here is a short highlight video of Hollander that was posted back in 2014. He has grown a lot as a player, but it is the best footage that can be found at this point in time and shows off little pieces of his game.
Here is a shorter video of Hollander showcasing the highlights that he had in the 2016 regional tournament championship game.
Standing in at 6-foot-7, Hollander combines the ability to post up, put the ball on the floor, or step outside and knock down the three. There are very few players his size with the polished all-around game that he has put together. His coach, Mac Morel, has put together a team that accents his game perfectly and has been able to push and motivate Hollander over the years.
Hollander took the time to sit down for a brief interview with us and help bring exposure to himself and homeschool basketball as well.
Q. Not many people hear about homeschool basketball often. What do you think are the pros and cons of playing homeschool ball?
Hollander: Well, I think a lot of people underestimate homeschool players. They don’t realize a lot of the teams (like mine) are more of a family then anything else. Regionals and nationals are something not many people get to experience and it’s a honor to get to. The only cons I can really think of is during the year you don’t have as big of a student section like you would at a school, but at regionals and nationals it gets pretty crazy.
Q. How has your recruitment process been going? What teams have shown interest in you thus far?
Hollander: It’s going well, I have one offer from Lipscomb. Belmont, UNC Asheville, College of Charleston, and several others have shown strong interest. I expect it to really pick up this April since I’m 100% healthy now.
Q. How would you describe yourself as a player and person to a scout or fan who hasn’t seen much of you?
Hollander: I would describe myself as an individual who absolutely loves the game of basketball and every aspect of the game. I am hardworking and dedicated to becoming a better overall player and athlete. I love being a teammate and someone who a younger player can look up to. I consider myself a good shooter who can finish at the rim and handle the ball and I believe I am an unselfish player. But as always, I need to continue to work on every aspect of my game.
Q. What areas of your game do you think are your strongest and what do you think needs the most work?
Hollander: I think the strongest part of my game is my shooting ability and getting to the rim. I need to work on my defense and I need to get stronger.
Q. Looking back on the 2015-16 season, how would you grade your season? What were your favorite moments from the year?
Hollander: I would give it an A+. Winning the Aggieland game, that was incredible. I’ve never been more proud of a team before, this season was something that most people dream about. Just how close our team was.
Q. Do you think that homeschool basketball will start growing with athletes like yourself, Justin Jackson and Allonzo Trier in particular bringing more exposure to it?
Hollander: I would like to think so. I saw some pretty talented younger players this past week so the future looks bright for homeschool ball.
Q. Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your goals for that time period?
Hollander: Playing college ball, getting my degree. After that I see myself hopefully playing overseas.
We hope that you have enjoyed this interview with Caleb Hollander and we encourage you to follow along as he works to take the next step in his basketball career. His Twitter account is, @cdh1027.
Make sure to follow him and keep an eye out for homeschool basketball as it continues to grow.