Continuing his tear on the recruiting trail, Mississippi State coach Ben Howland announced Thursday the signing of Aric Holman, a four-star standout from the state of Kentucky.
The addition of Holman bolsters the 2015 MSU recruiting class, as he joins three-star power forward Joseph Strugg, four-star wing Quinndary Weatherspoon and the nation’s top guard in Malik Newman. Holman and Newman have both joined the Bulldog program since Howland was introduced as head coach nearly two months ago.
Howland has now secured a Top 20 recruiting class for 2015 with Holman’s signing, according to ESPN, 247Sports and Scout.
“We are so excited to have Aric joining our program,” Howland said. “He has a very bright future. He’s extremely skilled. He’s a 6-10 player who is an excellent shooter from the perimeter, and he’s a great passer. That’s really one of his biggest strengths. Aric also handles the ball and can dribble. He’s so long and athletic. He’s going to make an impact for us right the way. He comes from a great family, and he’s very motivated to come here and do his part to make us a better basketball team.”
Holman, a 2015 finalist for Kentucky Mr. Basketball, helped lead Owensboro High School to its first state title since 1980 this past season. The power forward was ranked as a four star and the state’s second-best player by 247Sports.
“It was big for me because I believe in Coach Howland like he believes in me,” Holman said. “There is no better conference to be in when it comes to looking to go to the next level, and that is why I took advantage of this opportunity.”
As a senior, the 6-foot-10, 200-pound standout, recruited by a number of notable Division I schools, averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 blocks, while shooting 62.2 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from 3-point range as his team finished with a 31-4 record. In the title game against Bowling Green, Holman put up 20 points, 14 boards and eight blocks, helping lead the Red Devils to their first state title in nearly 35 years.
“It was a very good visit because once I got there I quickly recognized it was like my home town,” Holman said. “That is what really helped to seal the deal. Most schools, you don’t see sports that talk to each other like they do there. But everyone there is for one another, and I really liked that about Mississippi State.”
(From MSU Media Relations)