With a lack of size being a major problem, 6-9 Jamal Holden will be needed both to play well and stay healthy all year long for the Runnin' Rebels.
His build is thin, similar to former Rebel center Keon Clark and his game is also comparable. Like Clark, Holden doesn't possess many polished inside moves, but he thrives on the defensive end, blocking shots right and left and cleaning up the glass with a lot of intensity. He has great hops for a player of his size. His upper body is stronger than his lower, so he is able to bang around pretty well for only weighing 220.
Before his growth spurt, Jamal played guard and that has really made him a good ball handler to this day, which is rare for a big fella. He has also shown range to about 12 feet, though he'll likely spend most of his minutes in the paint. He also runs the floor very well, and we'll say again, he is a great leaper. We at RebelReport.com like what we have seen so far from Jamal in pick-up games this summer, so look for major minutes from him at the center spot this year, and if he stays healthy Rebel fans will like what they see.
Jamal Holden Update - Pick up games
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