High majors calling on Holman

BENTON, Ky. -- Aric Holman, a 6-foot-9 power forward, began making serious strides in his game over the summer. Over the weekend in front of a big crowd at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Holman continued to show his potential.

A month ago, Aric Holman, a 6-foot-9 power forward out of Owensboro (Ky.) High, told Scout he planned to do a post-graduate season following his senior year.

Now his senior season is here and Holman still has the same intentions. Over the weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and an assistant from Cincinnati were evaluating him.

“I still have the same schools, except for Maryland and Cincinnati,” Holman told Scout. “They are starting to pick up their recruitment of me and Louisville. They are picking it up too.”

Holman’s travel team coach Mike Scott, who runs Hoop Dreams, recently received calls from Bruce Pearl and Mark Turgeon. Cincinnati is the only school that has come by his school recently. Holman said he is also keeping in contact with VCU.

On the court, Holman is showing progression. In his game at the Hoopfest, Holman finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Holman is a good athlete that moves up and down the floor with ease. He has wide shoulders and lengthy arms, but currently lacks strength to be overly physical. He has a lot of potential on offense, as he has good hands, touch and a nice looking shooting stroke. On Saturday, Holman made one three-pointer, scored off a pair of dunks and had two right handed finishes.

“Basically just more reps in the gym and in practice,” Holman said when asked about his newfound confidence on offense. “That’s really what has built my confidence up and given me the ability to do what I want.”

Holman is also effective on the defensive end. He is quick off his feet and his length and athleticism helps him impact the game as a rim protector.

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