* Great leaper
* Willing defender
* Good rebounder for his position
* Effective mid-range jump shot
* Needs to work on ball handling
* Decision-making could use improvement
Holland used the Portsmouth Invitational to good advantage by reminding scouts that he’s a multi-skilled, hard-working blender. He’s not going to be a superstar, but he could become a good complementary player who knows his role and is willing to perform it game after game.
A three-time first-team All-America East honoree, Holland repeated as the league's scoring champion and also led his team in rebounding. He won the program's fourth-ever league Player of the Year award before the conference tournament and followed with his 10th-career double-double (27 points, 11 rebounds) in the title game to earn the championship's Most Outstanding Player honor. Holland scored a game-high 19 points against Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He earned Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and was also chosen to the Lou Henson "Mid-Major" All-America Team.
19.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.4 spg, 33.9 mpg, .386 FG, .330 3PT, .860 FT
Holland finished his career as just the second player in league history (Reggie Lewis was the other) to rack up at least 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 200 steals.
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What Insiders Say:
Boston University coach Patrick Chambers
"We talked to a lot of [NBA] people before he went down to Portsmouth, and they all said the same thing: Play hard, defend and rebound, let the game come to you. And that’s what he did. He just played his game and stuck to his strengths. … You hope this kid’s another Wes Matthews, who fooled them all and stuck in the league because he’s a steady constant out there who knows his role. John’s a lot like that."
What Outsiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"He would be a terrific player in our league, without question. Holland to me is a potential pro. He can do a lot of things. He can post. He can face. He can drive it. He's certainly athletic."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 39-for-118 (.331); 2008-09, 80-for-202 (.396); 2009-10, 60-for-168 (.357); 2010-11, 76-for-230 (.330). Totals: 255-for-718 (.355).|