Caleb Hollander: An Inspiration

Caleb Hollander is a homeschool basketball player playing for the Nashville Central Christian Warriors. Hollander is a college basketball prospect who has been recruited by dozens of Division I colleges.

Hollander’s story is like no other. Hollander was once regarded as one of the top freshman basketball players in the state of Tennessee. At that point, Hollander was homeschooled, and he had thoughts about going to a high school. Then, tragedy struck on Mother’s Day when Hollander’s father had a “massive” stroke, which left him permanently in a wheelchair and unable to speak. As a result, Hollander decided it was best for him to remain homeschooled throughout his high school career in order to provide 24/7 care for his father. Hollander used basketball as an outlet, and used what was happening at home as his motivation to be successful. As a sophomore, Hollander averaged 27 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, and 7 assists per game. His dominant play earned him a spot on the Georgia Stars EYBL basketball team. Hollander suffered a torn PCL towards the end of the season for the Nashville Christian Warriors, and was unable to play for the Georgia Stars. He did travel with the Stars to the majority of their games, proving his loyalty and dedication to the game of basketball. Unfortunately, colleges dropped their interest in Hollander, as they viewed his injury as a concern. Junior year, tragedy struck again, as Hollander’s father suffered another stroke. Hollander’s father, in bad condition, nearly died in Caleb’s arms on one occasion. To escape from the problems Hollander was facing at home, he continued to use basketball as an outlet. On the court his junior season, Hollander won the Pete Maravich Player of the Year Award, which is given to the nations best homeschooled high school basketball player. It was the perfect way to wrap up his very successful junior year, especially with the problems he was facing.

At this point, Hollander holds a handful of mid-major offers, and has interest from many high-major schools. High Point, Marshall, Old Dominion, Oral Roberts, and Wright State are the five Division I offers he currently holds. In June, after his fathers condition got better, Hollander decided to attend elite basketball camps, and he was a standout at several of them. Utah was one of the first to high-major programs to reach out to him. Shortly after, Davidson, Old Dominion, Richmond, Southern Methodist, and Tennessee, among others, became very interested in Caleb.

Hollander stands at 6-8 and is a scoring machine. For the Nashville Central Christian Warriors last season, Hollander averaged 24.6 points per game. Hollander’s shooting ability stands out when looking at his game. He can shoot the three ball extremely well, even from well beyond the arc. His passing ability is great for his size. His defense is phenomenal, as he has shut down several 3-star and even 4-star recruits and held them to scoring well below their average. Hollander is a great two-way player and will continue to have dominant performances at the collegiate level.

Hollander is continuing to attend camps and showcases throughout the summer, and, after all his phenomenal performances, many coaches have been watching him play against high-level competition. The recruiting process has picked up for him only recently, so he is expected to receive more offers than the five he currently has.

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