Eli Holman following McCallum to Detroit

  • 05/07/2008 4:59 pm in

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that our old friend Eli Holman is heading to Detroit to play for former Indiana assistant coach Ray McCallum:

Eli Holman confirmed his enrollment at UDM in a text message Tuesday to his high school coach, Robert Collins. “He’s an NBA player,” said Collins, the former coach at Richmond, Calif. “I think he can do a lot of good there.”

Nothing against the big man from Richmond, but I really wouldn’t call him an NBA player at this point. Potentially? Perhaps. But he’s got a long way to go before the NBA would even enter the discussion. And Detroit isn’t exactly a hotbed for producing players for the next level, either. Good luck Eli, we hardly knew ye.

Update: Detroit has issued a press release with some quotes from Eli and McCallum. Holman is the second former Hoosier to land with McCallum in the past couple of weeks as Xavier Keeling will also be a Titan. Here’s a couple of quotes:

Ray McCallum: “I’m really happy that Eli made the decision to come to UDM. I think me having been at Indiana and recruiting him was a big reason why he went there and he had a great opportunity there. But when you’re involved in a young man’s life for two years, you obviously build a relationship that he cared about and respected and he wanted it to continue. With his size, he’s an athletic player who can finish around the basket, he can block shots, he rebounds, he has good hands, he’s a good runner. I think the next phase for him is to continue to grow as a player in our practices. I’m glad he’s here with us.”

Eli Holman: “I want to thank the University of Indiana for the time that I spent there. I was treated fairly by all the people connected to the University. But, at this time, I think that it is in the best interest for me and my family to transfer to the University of Detroit Mercy. I wish the University of Indiana the best of luck. Coach Mac is a big reason why I’m here. He recruited me out of high school, and he’s been like a father figure to me. I think he’ll make an impact on the University. He’s going to put some more (championship) banners up in the arena and he’s going to get us to the NCAA Tournament. I want to help him do that. I found out right away there are some great people on this campus. I’m very comfortable with my choice.”

Note to Eli (because it obviously didn’t resonate in the year he spent in Bloomington), it’s Indiana University. That is all.

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  • JerryCT

    As with all the kids I feel badly that our athletic program did not develop them academically and socially to represent IU and themselves with more success. It seems like Wooden's pyramid of success is more relevant than ever.

  • JerryCT

    And I hope it works out for Holman

  • Kelin Blab

    These type of things are what is ugly about basketball these days…..”he is an NBA player” this is what is fed into these kids who haven't even played 1 second on d-1 bball.

  • msdiu81

    Gee, a chance to play at IU and get plenty of playing time next season at a traditionally great basketball school with 17,000 fans watching you play, or go to Detroit, sit out yet another year in a no name place in front of nobody. Tough decision to make. Obviously his decision making skills aren't the best. Later dude.

  • it's too bad our athletic program couldn't be there for holman when he shoved that ref in high school too, right?

    eli has nobody to blame but himself for his current situation.

  • Dwight_K_Schrute

    “He’s going to put some more (championship) banners up in the arena and he’s going to get us to the NCAA Tournament.”

    I'm glad to see that Eli thinks that UDM has won some basketball championships in the past. The last time I checked they had only even made the NCAA tournament 5 times.

  • This could be the dumbest thing I've ever herd.

  • MikeinNC

    Agreed, it is easy for kids like Holman to lose their way by the time they hit college – if you are a really talented young player you can get fed a lot of baloney at basketball camps, AAU tournaments, etc. If you lack a strong family support network or are lacking in character it is pretty easy to lose your way.

    I went to high school with a Mr. Basketball in Indiana. Fortunately he had a pretty good head on his shoulders and a good support system, but it was amazing to hear him talk about the things that happened in the world of AAU, Nike camps, and college recruiting. Let's just say that there are a lot of young prospects that at age 18 hadn't hear the word “no” very often as their growing entourages seek to ingratiate themselves with a potential NBA star. It's pretty easy to see how some can end up with a problematic sense of entitlement.

  • MPmike

    Yes, UDM will have a difficult time winning a championship in the Horizon League with Butler and Wright State being there. I'm glad Holman is gone. He has no clue about the tradition of IU and it shows with him not knowing how to call Indiana- IU not U of I. What a tool!

  • MPmike

    Yes, UDM will have a difficult time winning a championship in the Horizon League with Butler and Wright State being there. I'm glad Holman is gone. He has no clue about the tradition of IU and it shows with him not knowing how to call Indiana- IU not U of I. What a tool!

  • B_MD

    Considering he didn't even know the name of his first university, do you think there's chance he really thinks Detroit-Mercy is actually Michigan:)?

  • B_MD

    Considering he didn't even know the name of his first university, do you think there's chance he really thinks Detroit-Mercy is actually Michigan:)?

  • deedubbadoo

    Wow! Move out of the ghetto in California and right back into the ghetto in Detroit. Good luck in all you do Eli but, this is dumbest thing I have ever heard in my entire life. Someone is putting some stupid stuff in this kid's ear!

  • deedubbadoo

    Wow! Move out of the ghetto in California and right back into the ghetto in Detroit. Good luck in all you do Eli but, this is dumbest thing I have ever heard in my entire life. Someone is putting some stupid stuff in this kid's ear!

  • SteveR

    Have any of you seen the “campus” of University of Detroit? It makes Loyola of Chicago look like Pepperdine. What a dive! Ray McCallum orchestrated the entire Holman exit which is one of the few things IU fans can thank him for doing. Ghetto punk heads back to another ghetto. Ah, kismet.

  • SteveR

    Have any of you seen the “campus” of University of Detroit? It makes Loyola of Chicago look like Pepperdine. What a dive! Ray McCallum orchestrated the entire Holman exit which is one of the few things IU fans can thank him for doing. Ghetto punk heads back to another ghetto. Ah, kismet.

  • SteveR

    Have any of you seen the “campus” of University of Detroit? It makes Loyola of Chicago look like Pepperdine. What a dive! Ray McCallum orchestrated the entire Holman exit which is one of the few things IU fans can thank him for doing. Ghetto punk heads back to another ghetto. Ah, kismet.