May 17, 2007

Peegs Profile: Eli Holman

In our fourth installment of our in-depth reviews of the six incoming
freshmen to the Indiana men's basketball team, we look at 6-foot-10, 220-pound
Eli Holman of Richmond, California. Holman has moved into the top 80 in
the Rivals150 and appears to have the potential to fill some real needs on both
ends of the floor.

This may be the toughest profile to write for the simple fact that I have
only seen Eli Holman play one full game. Every other IU signee I have the
fortune of seeing play multiple times. But our one viewing of Holman back
in late February was a good one. It was a playoff game against a team that
had knocked off a Holman less Richmond team earlier in the year.

As most of you know, a pushing incident with a referee was behind a very long
suspension for Holman. It happened midway through his junior year and
through an appeal process he was finally granted the chance to play again a
little over a year after the initial penalty. The only thing I can say on
that front is that Eli was obviously a little more of an emotional player than
average but he had no issues of any kind with the officials in the game. I
also sat with the Richmond crowd at the game and they all said good things about
Holman. The emotional issue also was heightened by the fact that this game
against Hayward High was a regional playoff game in front of a hostile road
crowd. The home team jumped out earlier and Richmond valiantly fought back and
the emotional intensity was fierce.

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