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Basketball: Eli’s coming home to Bay Area

Former Richmond HS star Eli Holman, who left Indiana after one season, then sat out as a transfer last year at Detroit, will return to the East Bay on Nov. 11 when the Titans visit Cal in the Coaches vs. Cancer event at Haas Pavilion.

Holman made a strong impression on his new team late last month when Detroit toured Spain for a five-game exhibition series. The 6-foot-9 sophomore center averaged 16.2 points in five victories, three times scoring 20 in a game. He 20 points and 15 rebounds in a 105-62 over B.C. Liria, and 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots in a 97-48 rout of Girona.

Holman should pose a challenge to Cal’s frontline three years after averaging 24.7 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks as a senior at Richmond HS.

Jeff Faraudo