Hollingsworth to embark on professional basketball career


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Senior Guard WKU Hilltopper Basketball Taveion Hollingsworth announced Monday that he will not be using an additional fifth year of college eligibility and will begin his professional basketball career.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard will leave The Hill with his name all over the show’s record books.

Hollingsworth, who started every game of his college career and has never missed a game, set new WKU records for most minutes played in a career (4,525) and games started (131). He’s also ranked fifth on the WKU’s all-time scorecard with 1896 career points, as well as in the top 10 for career steals, free throws taken, free throw attempts and throw percentage. frank.

Hollingsworth averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior in 2020-21 and was named to the All-Conference USA second team.

His biggest basket of the season came in the regular season final against Old Dominion, when his three-point play in the final 30 seconds broke a tie of 57 and saw the Hilltoppers claim the C title. -USA East Division – their first regular player. championship of the season since 2009.

One of the first two four-year-olds at WKU for the head coach Rick stansbury, Hollingsworth has been part of 88 total wins, three C-USA championship matches and two NIT spots.

The Lexington, Ky., Native and father of two graduated earlier this month with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.

Hollingsworth wrote a letter with his decision on his social media channels. A copy of the letter is available below:

Hilltopper Nation,

First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to play the sport that I love. Without him, nothing I have done would have been possible. Over the past 4 years Bowling Green and Diddle Arena have become my home away from home. Each of you welcomed me from day one on campus and supported me throughout my journey.

I want to thank my family for always supporting me and loving me not only throughout my trip, but through everything. You’ve been there every step of the way and I don’t know what I would have done without all of you.

To my teammates, my family forever. I appreciate the current guys and those who have evolved to be successful, you have been there for me and I will always be there for all of you. To my coaches, thank you for giving me the chance to play college basketball and always believing in myself. You pushed me to be the best player I can be and the best man I can be off the pitch.

I have always dreamed of playing professional basketball. That being said, I decided to forgo my extra year of eligibility and hire an agent in order to pursue my dreams. This is just the start, so thank you for being a part of this journey.


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