C-J All-State basketball | Paul Dunbar's Taveion Hollingsworth

C-J All-State basketball | Paul Dunbar's Taveion Hollingsworth

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C-J All-State basketball | Paul Dunbar's Taveion Hollingsworth

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TAVEION HOLLINGSWORTH

Paul Dunbar, Junior, 6-2

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* On the floor: The only non-senior on the first team, Hollingsworth averaged 21 points and 5.4 rebounds while leading the Bulldogs to a 33-6 record and their first state championship. He played 124 of 128 possible minutes in the state tournament, averaged 21.5 points per game and was named Sweet 16 MVP. For the season, he shot 53.1 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.

* Off the floor: Hollingsworth’s father, Maurice, and mother, Kathy Sweat, both played basketball at Harlan High School and both scored more than 1,000 career points. Maurice’s coach at Harlan was Billy Hicks, who is now the head coach at Scott County. Taveion Hollingsworth is involved with the Fayette County Public Schools mentoring program, which allows him to work with kids at elementary schools.

* Future: Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Winthrop have offered scholarships, and Xavier, Indiana, Georgia and West Virginia are showing interest. “He’s starting to get a lot of interest from the higher Division I schools since the state tournament,” Paul Dunbar coach Scott Chalk said.

Quotable: “He’s very calm and very smooth in everything he does,” Chalk said. “When it comes time to make a play, he’s going to make a play. I’ve encouraged him to be more aggressive than he already is. When he scores 25, he could have scored 35 because he defers to other people until the fourth quarter.

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