Holman plans to reclassify, shows improvement
Coming out of the July evaluation periods Aric Holman, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was an emerging name. Playing with Mike Scott’s Hoop Dreams team, Holman showed good mobility and athleticism plus the tools that led you to believe he would be a productive offensive player one day. While he lacked strength, it was clear that potential was there. After talking to a wide range of schools, Holman ended up taking official visits to VCU and Western Kentucky. VCU was his last trip. He visited the weekend of September 27th. “Their team and their players, they relate really well because their coaches are young and they hang out all the time,” Holman said when asked what stuck out the most about VCU. “It was really good.” But after mulling over making his college decision, Holman instead has opted to do a post-graduate year next season. “I’m going to do a prep year,” Holman informed Scout.com. “I just want to build confidence and put some weight on.” Holman, who hasn’t settled on a prep school, said VCU, Xavier, Western Kentucky and Louisville have all told him they would recruit him in the 2016 class. Xavier was previously involved in his recruitment, while Rick Pitino visited Holman at his school in mid-September. In a Hoop Dreams workout on Sunday, Holman showed an improved all around game. Offensively he was aggressive. He shot the ball with confidence and made four of his eight three-point attempts. He also hit a face up jumper from mid-range, finished off plays around the rim and even looked more athletic than in past viewings. “I’ve been basically been trying to work on the points in my game that I’m not very good at like my ball handling and consistency with my shot,” Holman said after the workout. Holman said the next step in his development is getting better on the defensive end. Holman is currently regarded as a three-star prospect, but if his performance over the weekend is any indication of what’s to come, he’s certainly a prospect on the rise.
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