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Holt no longer wonders after accepting IU offer

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Power forward will boost Hoosier inside depth

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 11:53 pm

The clock will strike midnight for Indiana's Class of 2014 basketball recruiting.

Really.

It will.

For now, though, we offer Emmitt Holt, a 6-7, 225-pound shot-blocking power forward whose strong play over the last year in general, and during the recently concluded AAU season in particular, had Hoosier coach Tom Crean making an offer the New York standout couldn't refuse.

As a result, Holt makes it six freshman on the Cream 'n Crimson roster

Holt tweeted the news today.

“My parents always told me the worst feeling in life is to look back and say, “I wonder,” because once doors close, it's rare they reopen. Today I would like to announce I have committed to Indiana University. I want to take the time out to thank God for this opportunity along with my family, coaches, friends and everyone that has supported me along the way.”

Holt visited IU on Monday. After graduating from Webster (N.Y.) Schroeder High School last spring, he was planning to attend prep school in Vermont. But Crean and his staff, who continue to have an inside need, made him a scholarship offer to come now.

So Holt will.

He brings a 7-3 wingspan and a relentless drive to block shots and rebound. The Hoosiers don't really have anyone who can do that.

Check that. Forward Hanner Perea can, but he has yet to consistently prove it. Visa problems sidelined the 6-9 junior during IU's recently concluded Canada trip.

IU wasn't the only school to offer Holt. Vermont, Hofstra, Drexel and Duquesne were among the schools to want this New York Mr. Basketball finalist. But Indiana represented a quantum leap up in program firepower.

As a high school senior, Holt averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and five blocks. During Nike Elite Youth Basketball League play, he averaged 11.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks. He shot 60.2 percent from the field, mostly because he usually shot close to the basket.

He had zero three-point attempts.

During July's AAU Nationals in Louisville, Holt averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to help Albany City Rocks take second. Vermont Academy coach Alex Popp, who was set to coach Holt until he opted to join the Hoosiers, has said Holt has an “Elton Brand body” in reference to the former Duke and NBA player. Rivals.com, a national Internet recruiting service, rates Holt as a three-star prospect.

Holt will join James Blackmon, Robert Johnson, Max Hoetzel, Jeremiah April and Tim Priller as Hoosier freshmen. Crean can't comment until Holt officially signs.

The 6-10 April and the 6-9 Priller signed last spring to help address IU's frontcourt needs, although it's uncertain how much immediate help they will provide. April missed the Canada trip because of an ankle sprain.

IU's returning inside players are Perea and 6-6 Devin Davis. Collin Hartman, a 6-6 forward, is coming off a knee injury.