C.J. Anderson, Rashaan Holloway officially sign with UMass

By Mark Chiarelli

Maria Uminski/Daily Collegian

Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg made it official on Monday, announcing that both C.J. Anderson and Rashaan Holloway signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Minutemen.

Kellogg spoke highly of both players before Monday’s practice, describing both as good kids and noting the recruits meshed well with the group of players already on the roster.

“From C.J., to even Rashaan and his family, (they) were really impressed with how our guys interacted with each other and also the recruits,” Kellogg said.

Anderson, a Memphis, Tenn., native, is the third recruit from the Memphis area following the path set by Sampson Carter and Demetrius Dyson. Standing at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds, Anderson has the ability to play multiple positions within Kellogg’s offense. Ranked as a three-star player by both Rivals and Scout.com, Anderson is averaging 22 points per game through four games at Arlington High School.

“He’s another versatile, UMass style player,” Kellogg said, “and what I like the best about him is he’s another good kid, a really high-character young man who has a great family.”

Holloway is more of a post-dominant player at 6-foot-10, 280 pounds. The Elmer, N.J., native is ranked as a three-star recruit by ESPN and averaged 22.8 points per game as a junior, earning the title of Salem County Player of the Year and First Team All-Tri Country Conference.

“He’s a big guy with great hands,” Kellogg said. “Watching him in summer ball, he can finish around the rim. And I think as soon as he gets some college physicality and shape, he’s got a chance to be a really good player here.”

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