Eli Holman will be a Hoosier starting in the fall of 2007.
A week after the Web site Indiana.rivals.com reported that Holman, a Richmond High School senior, had verbally committed to play basketball for Indiana University, the 6-foot-10 Holman confirmed the report in front of members of his church on Sunday, giving a verbal commitment to play basketball for the Hoosiers. Holman can’t officially sign with Indiana until Nov. 8, the NCAA’s early signing period.
“By the time I got off that plane, it was amazing,” said Holman Sunday about his trip to Indiana. “Indiana is a basketball (state). Bloomington is beautiful and I actually felt like I was home away from home.”
Holman played just four games last season before receiving a season-ending suspension for pushing an official after being called for a technical foul.
But, he raised his stock over the summer with solid performances at the Reebok ABCD and the Main Event camp.
“It was a mistake,” Holman said about the incident. “A lot of people don’t see it was a mistake. They think it was a short-tempered big guy that goes off. But it was a mistake, and I realize it was a mistake and I learned from my mistake.”
The incident made Holman appreciate basketball more and he channeled his energy into the game.
“That was the best thing that happened to me in high school,” Holman said. “I know it sounds awkward in the way I am answering, but it was the best thing that happened to me.
“It made me appreciate it and made me realize that basketball can be taken a way from me at any time.”
His appreciation showed at the ABCD camp ABCD. There, Holman competed with the best college prospects in the country and held his own. He finished the camp second in rebounding at seven per game and led the camp in blocks with 3.4 per game.
Up next for Holman is getting reinstated. Holman still has to complete anger management counseling, which he has been doing since the incident, as a condition of his suspension. He also must petition the North Coast Section for reinstatement.