Troy Holston has some ties with the University of Memphis. Aki Collins, currently an assistant at Memphis, grew up with Holston’s father in New York City.This is very ironic for someone like Holston to be noticed by someone at Memphis before his basketball career even began. There are always situations like this that will take place, so it’s best to take advantage of them while you can.
Can this help the Tigers land the studded guard for next year’s class? It is a good possibility.
“I just found out that they grew up together,” said Holston, whose play in the last two July evaluation periods has propelled him up the board for the Tigers and other schools. “That’s a bring-back-in-the-day moment. There’s a connection there.”
The Tigers are now in a situation in which they will need good guards to replace their four seniors after next season. Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Geron Johnson, and Michael Dixon will all be graduating next spring and their collegiate career will be over. So bringing in Holston will be beneficial for the Tigers.
Holston stands at 6-4 and weighs 185 pounds. Earlier this month, he averaged 24 points and seven rebounds at the Peach State tournament in South Carolina. At the Elite 32, his averaged over 20 points. This is what Pastner needs at his frontcourt.
Many people thought Holston was just a shooter, but that’s not true. It’s his all around game that caught the attention of many analysts and coaches from Division 1 schools. Earlier this week, he has received offers from Ole Miss, Kansas State, South Florida, Western Kentucky, Memphis, and a few others.
“Coming in, from speaking with some coaches, they only knew I was a shooter,” said Holston. “Once they see me in warmups and the game, though, they realize how athletic I am. That brings more value to my stock.”
Holston currently attends Oldsmar Christian and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. He is still trying to get familiar with the U of M program. He first paid attention to Memphis when they made a run to the championship game during the 2007-2008 season.
“It’s a big-time basketball program,” said Holston. “It’s probably one of the highest-up programs in the world. I definitely have to do some more research, but I know the tradition is way up there.”
Holston is looking for a school where he can come in and immediately play a lot of minutes. The coaching staff at Memphis mentioned that with the departure of the four seniors, there’s a great chance he will come in and start for the Tigers in the 2014-2015 season.
“They’ve been telling me that they’re losing their main pieces, so they need someone to come in and produce right away,” said Holston.
Holston is taking it all in as schools are recruiting him, but he wants to wait until the noise calms down before he cuts his list and decide which schools he will visit.
“It just popped off real quick and it’s been picking up real fast,” said Holston. “After the month is over, I’ll be in a mini-summer school to research which school is the best fit. It’s just been really busy.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.