It was back in July during 2014 NBA Summer League play, that I spoke with former Detroit Mercy Star Elijah Holman, about his journey as a professional basketball player. After having a solid NBA Summer League experience, where he played for both the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors, Holman has signed a deal to play in China and join The Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
I don’t know you but there is no doubt in my mind that Holman will help to provide the Lions with plenty of great play in the post this upcoming season. At 6-foot 10 and 260 pounds, Holman is already a beast in the post, who makes his presence on both sides of the ball. Now that he has enhanced his jump shot and become an even better defender, there is no limit to what this big man can do in the CBA this year.
If you think I am exaggerating, just look at what Holman accomplished on the collegiate level while he was at Detroit Mercy and what he accomplished, just last season, while playing in Turkey.
During his time at Detroit Mercy, Eli Holman, was the big force in the paint who couldn’t be matched, as he averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game, while shooting 61 percent from the field. He ended his collegiate career with 163 blocks, a number that stands second in school history and he totaled 29 double-doubles. Besides that, he earned such accolades as selections to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team, the HL All-Defensive Team as well as the League’s Sixth Player of the Year and he did all of that, while helping to lead his team to a 2012 Horizon League Championship, in his senior year.
If that’s not enough, he has already had plenty of success overseas. Last season, Holman while playing for Usak Sportlif in the Turkish TBL, he played thirty games and he averaged 13 points and nine rebounds per game. Once again, allowing him to finish as the best rebounder in the league and certainly as one of the best big men in the league, because of his ability to move around well for his size and score in a variety of ways around the basket.
Overall, I stand by earlier statement that Holman is about to bring a lot of great basketball to great country of China and he is definitely about to bring a new level of post play and leadership to his new team, the Zhejiang Lions. As he and former New Mexico State guard Jonathan Gibson, form to become a great dynamic duo of the CBA and guide the Lions to another playoff run.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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