Holt, from New York, had decided to enroll in prep school in Vermont for the coming year to improve his chances of attracting a major college program, but he ended up attracting Indiana without needing prep school.
Holt averaged 19.6 points and 14.8 rebounds per game in his senior season in New York and was a finalist for the state's Mr. Basketball award.
Indiana made the signing of Holt official earlier this week, and Indiana coach Tom Crean offered his thoughts on the addition.
“We are excited to bring Emmitt to Indiana at such a late date," Crean said. "We determined that we needed another quality player up front and we were able to uncover Emmitt’s potential availability. He is coming off a very impressive high school season and also an outstanding spring and summer with the Albany City Rocks. He would have been a high level recruit this coming year and we are happy to have him now.”
Adding Holt makes a lot of sense for a young team that is very thin on the front line. Indiana is so inexperienced up front -- even with Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis -- and Holt is a guy that should be able to develop and help in that capacity this season. Indiana tried to add Ray Kasongo as well, but couldn't get him admitted to the school.
“Emmitt has a plus 7 wingspan which he uses to rebound, score around the basket, and block and alter shots," Crean said. "His energy and competitiveness come to life quickly when you watch him. We are very impressed with his feet, touch and feel for the game and look forward to his ever growing development.
“Chuck Martin utilized his vast network of connections to find Emmitt and we are excited about this. Chuck brings the whole package to Indiana and has the ability to identify players and their upsides, which adds to what we are about.”
It was quite the interesting recruiting class for IU, one that begin several years ago, went through a period without a commit, and then ended up with seven prospects in it. With all said and done, I believe the Hoosiers signed a quality class and one that could help them get back to a Final Four sometime down the road.
Search for 2015 big man continues
Crean has been searching long and hard for a top-tier big man in the 2015 class, and that search continues. Nick Marshall, a 6-foot-11 big man from Tennessee, committed to Memphis on Monday. The Hoosiers hadn't put as much time into him as they have some other guys, so it's not a huge surprise he didn't go with IU.