Xavier target Aric Holman spent the high school basketball season focused on leading his Owensboro team to a Kentucky state championship. Now with that accomplishment under his belt his attention is starting to turn towards his college recruitment.
Holman averaged 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.4 assists over five games at the Adidas Gauntlet Series event in Indianapolis last weekend during the NCAA’s live evaluation period with Xavier assistant coach Mike Pegues watching. Saturday evening he told MusketeerReport that Xavier is among the schools showing him the most love in his recruitment.
“Xavier’s coaches keep contact with me on a daily basis,” Holman said. “Minnesota, Louisville, Xavier, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas, South Carolina and St. Louis - all of those schools are recruiting me about the same.”
While he doesn’t have any specific dates set to visit, he did say that he planned to stop by Xavier when AAU basketball died down and he had time.
In terms of his game, Holman showed improvement with his play in Indy. Already possessing extreme length, athleticism and a slick skill-set for a forward, adding an aggressive mentality and strength were his biggest needs to become a more impactful player. In Indianapolis he looked to have made strides in both areas.
His activity level around the paint led to increased blocks and rebounds, plus he was constantly in position for drop-offs from teammates for easy dunks or other finishes around the rim. And his frame, though still thin, had clearly added some muscle since last summer.
”I’ve just gotten a lot of reps in the gym to build my confidence up,” Holman said. ‘I’m also trying to do a better job of recognizing the little things.”
Originally a member of the 2015 class, the plan is for Holman to head to Hargrave Military Academy for a prep school year and join college as a member of the 2016 class. The extra year of development should be especially helpful for his thin frame, giving him a chance to add bulk and strength before going up against high-major post players.
“That’s an every day process,” he said when asked about adding weight. “That’s the only thing that’s holding me back from being the best I can be.”
While some players have pretty specific wish-lists in what they are looking for in a prospective school, Holman doesn’t seem to care as much about factors such as size, location or conference affiliation. He’s simply looking for the right fit.
“I’m just looking for the best school that’s going to help me on and off the court in my development,” he said.
Holman comes from a family of Louisville fans, and the Cardinals have been rumored to be the favorite to land him for a while. However, Rick Pitino and his staff have yet to extend a scholarship offer, and Holman claims that his recruitment is still wide open. If the Cardinals were to offer though, he admits that they’d receive serious consideration.
“I do have to take that to heart, because Louisville is the only in-state school recruiting me hard, ” he said.
Expect Xavier to continue to monitor Holman and his Hoop Dreams team closely over the rest of the summer.