If you have seen the movie "Hoosiers", you know how serious the Midwest takes basketball. And with plenty of reason. The area is the birthplace of the game, produced Larry Bird and has a rich basketball history.
That is the world Richmond High School’s Eli Holman officially became a part of on Nov. 8 when he signed his national letter of intent to play for Indiana. This is the same program that was home to coach Bobby Knight, who sent 29 players to the NBA, including former Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas.
At 6-foot-10 and with a wingspan of 7-foot-7, Holman should be good fit for the Hoosiers, who had Scout.com’s eighth-best recruiting class in the nation.
The Hoosiers opened the 2006-2007 season and Kelvin Sampson era with a 91-66 win over Lafayette on Nov. 13. With just three seniors on the roster, the Hoosiers have a young athletic group that Holman should fit right in with.
"His ability to transition from offense to defense and his presence around the rim is what he does well," said Sampson, via phone interview on Nov. 8. "He runs the floor well and has the ability to block shots."
Add Eric Gordon, a shooting guard from North Central High-Indianapolis, Ind., who was Scout.com’s’ second-ranked recruit in the nation and also signed to play at Indiana and the Hoosiers should be to get up and down court next season.
And Holman will be right in the middle of it all.