Holcombe's brief Bulldog career had more frustration than production, largely beyond the player's control due to pre-season injury. Surgery for the foot and ankle inserting a metal rod did help the break but also caused irritation that limited his pre-season work. Holcombe was able to play in seven games between November 15 and December 18, scoring 21 points in 83 minutes off the bench. His 57% shooting showed why State recruited him out of Georgia Perimeter College where he'd averaged 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a sophomore forward and second-team All-American. He also had leg injury issues in junior college as a freshman.
Having played under one-third of the team's games, and all in the first half of the season, Holcombe was eligible to apply for a retroactive medical redshirt following next year's senior season. But with the 2009-10 roster already overstocked and every Bulldog big guard and small forward returning, playing time would have been a struggle.
Holcombe's departure helps Stansbury with the interesting scholarship roster situation. With 10 other underclassmen return from the 2009 season—presuming senior-to-be center Jarvis Varnado withdraws from the NBA draft pool by June 15—and the three announced new signees as well as a fourth who has signed but not been formally announced, State is still one over the NCAA's limit of 13. This could be solved by another departure, though hopefully not Varnado; by delaying the enrollment of a freshman for health or eligibility reasons; or other scholarship means.
State has so far announced the fall signing of guard Shaunessy Smith and spring signings of center Wendell Lewis and forward/center Renardo Sidney. Not yet announced is the signing of center John Riek, who reportedly only needs the signature of a guardian on his letter of intent.