Indiana recruiting 2015 forward Emmitt Holt — as a 2014 prospect

  • 08/12/2014 2:41 pm in

When Emmitt Holt chose to attend Vermont Academy for a postgraduate year after his senior season at Webster Schroeder (N.Y.). High, Holt had little hesitation in becoming a class of 2015 recruit.

“I felt for playing and academically in college, it will help me get my head on straight,” Holt told the Democrat and Chronicle when he made the decision in July.

After the 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game in his final high school year, over the summer, Holt worked on his game, picked up multiple mid-major offers and even trimmed his list to 10 schools as recently as a couple of weeks ago.

That list included St. Joseph’s, George Washington, Siena, Towson, Rice, Quinnipiac, Northeastern, St. Bonaventure, Canisius and Duquesne.

But as of recently, Indiana has been in touch with Holt and his camp. Still actively recruiting a big man for this upcoming season, the Hoosiers want Holt as a 2014 prospect. Vermont Academy coach Alex Popp said the Hoosiers are the only school recruiting Holt for this upcoming season, in fact.

And both sides are moving quickly. It has been reported that Holt will take an official visit to Indiana starting next Tuesday, August 19, and Popp told Inside the Hall it could come even sooner than that.

Indiana also is recruiting 6-foot-9 power forward Ray Kasongo for the final 2014 scholarship slot, and the former Oregon signee has Indiana and LSU as his final two.

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  • Bryce Kepner

    That was one of the weirdest highlight videos I’ve seen…They showed a couple of the same plays at the beginning of the video…then the exact same plays at the end. If I was choosing between Holt and Kasongo, I’d take Kasongo

  • Gregory Spera

    Wow. Still trying to pull for 2014. Just two months out and CTC… Never. Stops. Recruiting. The man is relentless.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Seems like they want to fill that last roster spot and if Kasongo goes to LSU, this guy is the fall back. This guy doesn’t have much more size than Troy Williams though…

  • Gregory Spera

    Yeah, not sure how 6′-7″ qualifies as a “big man,” but some here on ITH have suggested that a roster of all shooting guards and athletic wings is actually the perfect “Tom Crean” team.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    “Relentless” or ….?

  • Gregory Spera

    Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent?

  • Dean Olson

    Firm believer in the talent we have and that Crean can get us to the promised land. But I really don’t think the recruitment of this guy for the now two-weeks-away year is not a good sign. Kasongo, I think, looks a little more ready and had some other big time offers.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    They just didn’t have much footage to work with it looks like. His 3-point and mid-range shots looked really good along with his handle. He had some really good passes and steals in that video too. Haha.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I like the Kasongo pick up just for depth. Emmit seems more like a Troy with a lower floor and ceiling. Who knows though.

  • Dean Olson

    I think comparing this kid to Troy is unfair. Other than being of similar height and also “athletic” Troy is a much more athletic guy with a much higher ceiling. I get the base comparison but even throwing the two out there together is, I think, asking too much of Holt.

  • Gregory Spera

    Thanks for the link.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    A scholarship spendthrift? I like Crean — I do — but offering this kid all but guarantees that we’ll have a couple of transfers next year.

  • NateMH

    Simply put this guy isn’t a B1G caliber of recruit, because if he were other B1G teams would be after him as well. Seems like a mid-D1 level guy with all due respect.

  • NateMH

    Yea, Kasongo has legitimate schools contending for his service.

  • NateMH

    Crazy like a fox!

  • There is no reason not to fill the spot.

  • IUBizmark

    Desperate was the word I think you were looking for.

  • IUBizmark

    My patience with the recruiting shenanigans is running out.

  • IUBizmark

    What about future prospects in 2015? Those seem like pretty good reasons.

  • Ole Man

    I must agree. I hope that’s not negative; but this recruit is a two-star. I don’t understand the fit.
    And I totally agree that it is “chasing” other players away.
    If players left early for NBA opportunities, then more schollys would be open for ’15.

  • dontfiretomcrean

    why is it desperate to try and bring in someone that could help or bring some depth? or provide depth in the coming years? that’s what recruiting is. Everyone complained about Zeisloft and right now he’s shooting the freaking lights out in Canada. do you think that maybe, just maybe, Crean knows what he’s doing? he’s doing what every coach in the country is doing: leaving no stone unturned.

  • IUDan

    Good point / that could be the plan

  • IUBizmark

    Nothing wrong with relentless recruiting. Crean is the best at it. And he definitely does know what he’s doing. What is wrong, however, is recruiting a guy who doesn’t add depth in the places you lack it most. That would be at PF and/or C.
    What else is unwise, is to forget about opportunity cost, which is why Kansas passed on Kasongo. They’ve got bigger targets they’re trying to hit next season. With limited scholarships, we must be judicious about who we choose to play for IU.
    If Crean wants to play with a team of guys all between 6’3 and 6’9, that’s his choice. But if you want to win a national title, consider the teams you’ll have to match up against. It’s generally accepted we don’t need another guy who’s a 6’7 wing; we need a guy with size and height to spell Perea at PF/C…the position where we really only have one guy.

  • Eugene Debs

    To be fair, roster should have been settled months ago.

  • Daniel

    I’m not sure how I feel about this guy in particular, but the whole notion of saving scholarships especially for a team already this young seems rather silly. Although I’m unsure how it’ll affect chemistry this yr, Kasongo meets all our on paper needs for this year and next and we are still allowed to oversign by one. Kasongo is big time underrated especially if he plays in system like ours which won’t rely on him to be a high volume scorer. As far as the other positions are concerned I think we are pretty well set. Unless Yogi puts up video game level stats I don’t see a NBA team using a 1st rd pick on him. That leaves two main guys who could possibly leave early this yr. Blackmon will have to show he can really handle the ball to make up for his lack of height and strength. Troy has to develop some kind of shot and/or ballhandling skills. Even if those players do leave we have guys already in place who could slide in and make up for the loss.

  • Brian Stewart

    And that’s worse than Jurkin how..? This kid averaged a double double points & rebounds his senior year. If he can get a rebound that’s all we need right now. Plus you need bigs for bigs to practice against.

  • Brian Stewart

    Why not fill the spot? This kid averaged a double double points and rebounds his senior year. If he can get a couple rebounds a night spelling Perea & Davis that’s all we need. Plus you need bigs for bigs to practice against. Something tells me Priller and April aren’t pushing Perea & Davis around much in practice just yet.