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Hoban’s Jackson, Hollinger & Muhammad select colleges for basketball

By Michael Beaven Published: July 1, 2013

Three 2013 graduates of Archbishop Hoban will continue their education and basketball careers in college.

Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said Monday that DeAllen Jackson has committed to Mount Union, Jaelen Hollinger has decided to attend Baldwin Wallace and Saadiq Muhammad is slated to go to Hiram.

Jackson, Hollinger and Muhammad were tri-Most Valuable Players as seniors on a Knights team that went 17-6.

“I’m extremely proud of each of these gentlemen, not necessarily about their athletic successes, but more for the growth and maturity they have shown along the way at Hoban,” Griffith said. “Each of these schools is getting a humble, dedicated and compassionate person who should be an asset to his school community and a difference-maker on the court.”

Jackson scored 921 points in his Hoban career, which is fourth all-time in school history. He helped Hoban win 48 games during the past three seasons as a letter winner. He averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior.

“My fondest memory of DeAllen will be just who he is as a person, more so than his playing,” Griffith said. “Of course the St. Vincent-St. Mary game was special [when he scored 19 points in a 47-41 win], but he’s just such a good kid that makes Hoban proud.

“DeAllen will always be remembered in Hoban basketball fans minds as poetry in motion. He loves to play the piano and guitar, and is just a talented, compassionate and nice kid.”

Hollinger, a three-year letter winner, averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2 steals per game as a senior.

“Jaelen would stop by my classroom each day to talk strategy – what the team needed, what the team lacked, what the team thought,” Griffith said. “He was truly like a player-coach for this team. He could somehow pull that off because you just respected him.

“He was the heart and soul of this basketball team for the last three seasons and replacing his motor and engine will be nearly impossible. To lead and coach a practice without his motor and engine has left me sleepless many nights lately.”

Muhammad, a two-year letter winner, averaged 10.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior.

“My favorite memory of Saadiq would be his “and one” at St. Vincent-St. Mary off an offensive rebound and picking him up countless times last summer and talking with him in the car,” Griffith said.

“Saadiq grew from the freshmen level, to the JV level, to the varsity level and became a surprise starter as a junior. His willingness to improve allowed him to have a solid senior year. He grew into a fine varsity asset and spiritual leader on this team.”

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