2014 forward Emmitt Holt commits to Indiana

  • 08/20/2014 10:36 am in

Indiana’s 2014 recruiting class has a sixth member.

Emmitt Holt, a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward from Webster (N.Y.), is coming to Bloomington as a member of IU’s 2014 class rather than moving to the class of 2015 and attending Vermont Academy, Inside the Hall has learned.

Holt confirmed the commitment on his Twitter account along with the following message:

“My parents always told me that the worst feeling in life is to look back and say “I wonder” because once doors close it’s rare they are reopened,” he wrote.

“Today I would like to announce that I have committed to Indiana University. I want to take the time out to thank God for giving me this opportunity along with my family, coaches, friends and everyone that has supported me along the way. #NewBeginnings #GoHoosiers.”

Holt, who reportedly wears a size 18 shoe and has a 7-foot-3 wingspan, is expected to add depth, rebounding and toughness around the rim.

In his senior season at Webster Schroeder, Holt averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and five blocks and was a finalist for the Mr. Basketball award in New York.

He also had a highly successful AAU season, which culminated at the AAU Nationals in July in Louisville where he averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in nine games as his Albany City Rocks team finished second in the event.

During the 2014 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) season, he averaged 11.6 points (60.2 FG%), 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.

Alex Popp, the coach at Vermont Academy, offered this assessment of Holt earlier this month to CityofBasketballLove.com:

“He’s versatile because of his ability to pass the basketball. He can guard multiple positions. He’s listed at 6-7 but his wingspan is 7-3. He has one of those Elton Brand bodies. You see him and you have to kind of look at him a little bit to take in exactly what his body is like. He has these size 18 sneakers so we’re convinced that he’s still growing. He has the baby face with the million-dollar smile.

“He lets the game come to him. He’ll go a first half where he only has four points, six rebounds, and one block and you’re waiting for him to break out. He really has a knack for letting the game come to him and I think that’s very special for a young guy like himself.”

Holt becomes the 13th scholarship player on Indiana’s 2014-2015 roster.

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  • Outoftheloop

    Can I get an “Amen” Brother!

  • Outoftheloop

    They only care about the “revolving door” to the NBA. IU has 3 top 10 drafted players in the last 2 years (=15%). They want to be out that door pretty quickly!

  • Outoftheloop

    Since not 1 player has ever said that they were “forced out” or even encouraged to leave by the coaches your sentence makes zero sense! And since “talk” is a verb, it would be “badly”, the adverb.

  • Outoftheloop

    Old man you are dense! Three players on scholarship left: Jurkin (you asked for him to leave), Etherington, and Hollowell (I think that you said that he did not play smart nor hard). Luke went home to Momma and all of us have wanted to do that a time or two!

  • Outoftheloop

    Don Schundt could still play center for IU today, and that is 1953. Of course you “can” compare, you just need to address the differences too!

  • Outoftheloop

    You are correct, sir. Oscar is/was the only player in the history of the NBA to AVERAGE a triple double for an entire season!

  • Outoftheloop

    Would you put a liquid that was “likely” gas in your car’s engine? At the end of the season, 2014-15, you will actually “know” something about Tim and Jeremiah. But only the first chapter of a 4 chapter book!

  • Outoftheloop

    Get a grip! Cody and Vic, Jordy, Christian and Derrek all left in 2013. We did “start over’ LAST year, with only Yogi and Will. We are not starting over this year, we are still rebuilding from the B1G Champs year of 2012-13. We are building on Yogi, Hanner, Troy, Stan and Devin.

  • Outoftheloop

    Do all “misfits” hit 60% from 3-point land? I am truly amazed that there are a few on this site who do not understand that ankle injuries are common in basketball, not a sign of “sinful behavior”, and of short duration usually!

  • Outoftheloop

    Maybe the Moon really is made of cheese.

  • Outoftheloop

    You are not honest: “I wish these kids nothing but the best BUT…” Your big “butt” gives away the lie!

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually AD Glass has already ASSURED each one that they get to stay for a full 4 years or until they graduate! So what is your source for the slander “Most/all of them will be asked to leave”? It is one thing to have an opinion, it is different to just make up stuff and lie.

  • Outoftheloop

    Of course they are, sort of like us…” this is Indiana…not some mid-major…etc.”

  • Outoftheloop

    Except when we took their championship with k
    Keith Smart’s shot!

  • mark

    Once upon a time there was a guy named David Robinson who arrived a freshman at Navy at 6’8″, I believe, with a 7’3″ or so wingspan and huge feet …. and graduated 4 years later at 7’1″ …. pleasant dreams.

  • Outoftheloop

    Actually it is after 2 years! 2014-15 will be the third year and it has not even started yet!

  • 323SGrant

    I’ve been waiting for a good frontcourt committment and hopefully we have one.

  • CreamandCrimson

    There were definitely some interesting comments on that thread and guys that have actually seen him play seemed to like him quite a bit. The things that stood out to me were his consistent production on the glass against good competition (that translates) and that there was a consensus between the guys who consistently followed him that if he were 6’9″, he’d be a high-major recruit.

    My thought (and this has been debated to death on this site), if the only thing “wrong” with a kid is that he is a couple of inches below the ideal height, then I’ll gladly take him and reap the benefits. That’s not a guarantee that he’ll be great, I really have no idea but if him being only 6’7″ is his biggest weakness, I’ll gladly take him and I think he helps us in a big area of need.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Very true…I don’t think the recruiting “experts” or their rankings are infallible but they are typically fairly accurate. If a player is ranked 23rd and another is ranked 53rd, is there a big difference? Probably not. If a player is ranked 23rd and another is ranked 253rd, is there a big difference? Probably. They aren’t perfect but, as you say, they tell an accurate story in most cases.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Well, we all know Je’Ney Jackson is a miracle worker!

  • CreamandCrimson

    Aaron White is the name from Iowa you are looking for. He’s 6’9″/6’10” (not a monster but a really good player).

  • CreamandCrimson

    I watched them a lot last season and was continually surprised by how poised and mature they were as a team (despite only having one Senior). Gregg Marshall is a guy I think incredibly high of and I think he’s one of the best coaches in the country.

  • Ole Man

    Great memories, Ron!
    And my vertical is less than 2″ now! LOL!

  • Ole Man

    Actually, I’m one of the few who made no comments on any of those players. I usually don’t, except to defend them. So, I think you have me confused with someone else.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL!

  • IUreturn

    Does anyone else get the feeling that Priller is here on a somewhat mutual 1 year deal…He gets to play at IU and open up doors to other schools that would never have been available and we get depth that we need..It’s speculation yes, but there is no way we don’t sign a 2015 player or two and these scholarships “working themselves out” haven’t exactly cost us key players (excluding Fischer). To me that leaves high likelihood of players like Priller and Hartman “working themselves out” if/when that situation arises. Just my little conspiracy..

  • notfargj

    true dat. fingers crossed this is his year!

  • Michael Crawley

    Almost 20 years of mediocrity – Coach RMK was not going to leave on his own, IU prevented a landslide when they hired Coach Davis, and Sampson put the nail in the coffin. CTC has put us back on top but we are not over the hump. We have made major strides though!

  • skotchie

    Get your own grip! I have a clear grip on the situation 17
    scholarships have been awarded in the last three years from a total of 39.

    This year’s team theme is shaping up to be cohesion and we’ll
    all find out together how it works out, but if a team is seriously cohesive
    1-13 then how can the speculation be 3 player recruiting class for 2015?

    Look I would love a 3 player recruiting class every year,
    that would mean you at least have 3 SR’s 3 JR’s 3 Soph’s and 3 FR with the 13th
    mixed in there somewhere. That would be true team cohesion, and 12 from 52
    scholarships over 4 years. I like that ratio a lot better, as at first I liked
    the class of JBJ, RJ, Max, and the addition of April a good mix of talent
    spread out over position. Should’ve been left at that a foundation to build on
    and room for 2 in 2015.

    Should it even become 3 player recruiting class because JBJ
    has a great season and listens to all his hype about how he should go to the
    league that’s fine because IU still has RJ, clearly a brilliant move getting
    both those guys on board in the same class, maybe CTC’s best move since
    arriving at IU.

    I know most have been happy with the goings for the comings,
    well who left who replaced them and then also left themselves and who’s
    replacing them and has the team gotten any better or will it get any better?
    Who’s leaving next and who’ll replace them and will the team get any better?

    This is INDIANA and I expect to be top Fu(k1ng 10 in the
    rankings every year! Reloading not rebuilding and not a revolving door of who’s
    who, and being looked at by Cuse fans as becoming some kind of mid-major!

  • Corey M

    You are ridiculous man.. I respect everyone else giving me their opinions and telling me why I am wrong about the last few guys we have given schollys to but your stuff gets old man. You think everything is rainbows and butterflies and if someone says anything different you try to crucify them. Grow up buddy, that is what this site is for. To read up on IU basketball and express our opinions. I want nothing but the best for IU basketball but I am also going to be real about how I feel. Not saying I am always right, nobody is..

  • David Macer

    AB – You do realize that Carlton has lost only 14 games over the past 14 seasons. I would say that is a dynasty like and pretty good basketball no matter who is playing and who is coaching. They are far better than teams ranked 150 to 350 that IU has played in the past.

  • Hoosier1158

    It would be nice to have a few more inside guys that aren’t projects. You never know when an injury will occur.

  • plane1972

    Your sarcasm only proves our point. No one, not even the players themselves, has publicly indicated that Crean pushed them out the door, so why all the supposition?

  • skotchie

    Where in my post does it say model after UM? Your name is
    one of the few I always recognize on here because you’re always putting words
    in my mouth trying to start crap.

    I give an opinion, I’m not trying to stir up s()1t up. if
    you don’t like my opinion no need to reply.

  • plane1972

    Injuries are not public information to protect privacy of the athlete. The only thing I can say is that I believe Peter’s injury was a prolonged leg injury related to a stress fracture from high school. I believe that is what kept him out late in his high school career. I’m not a doctor, but that cannot be an easy injury to recover from with his size and the rigors of B1G competition.

  • IUMIKE1

    Agreeing with your comments a lot of the time is not something that you will ever accuse me of but, in this instance I have to pretty much agree with you. 3 out of the 5 games were against teams that, if scheduled for the pre B1G portion of our schedule, would have had people complaining about playing teams that hurts our RPI, we lost to one of the other 2 and Carleton was without their best player and head coach and it was not exactly a blowout win. Would it have made enough of a difference that we wouldn’t have won the game, I don’t know, but I think we would be hard pressed to find (knowledgeable) fans that, if they answered truthfully, would say that it wouldn’t have. Early glimpses, and that is all the vast majority of us have gotten, seem to say that he will be more of a contributor than most thought but, then again most of us thought he would, more or less, not contribute much at all. He may turn out to be a real steal and help us way more than most of us thought, and I hope he does just that, but just like some say give certain players more time to prove they can cut it at IU, NZ should be given more time to prove that, against better talent, he can do what he did in Canada on a consistent basis and like I said I truly hope he does.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I live in Gamecock country, and the guys on the radio are doing an awful lot of talking about Connor Shaw right now.

  • Outoftheloop

    So 295 comments! The energy and excitement for Indiana Basketball is coming back!

  • Anybody else think Draymond Green’s game after watching his highlights? Fundamentals are lacking quite a bit but he’ll learn how to play iubb starting day 1. He has size, raw talent and confidence. If he turns into a gym rat, Emmitt could develop into a really nice role player. If he were a solid, short-minute rebounder and defender off the bench this year spelling Troy, that’d be a godsend. He actually appears, at least to me, to have a Troy Williams body with baby fat. Welcome to IU, Emmitt!

  • I have never put words in your mouth. You always come up with these anti-Crean attitudes and frankly mostly interpreted as almost anti-team and IU.. If you don’t think you are insinuating that we model the program after UM, why do you invoke them as an example and put them on a pedestal like that? As far as putting words into someone’s mouth, I don’t have to do it.. You usually put those ill-advised word into your own mouth.. lol..

  • When you stop and think about it, he is really only about an inch shorter than noah was measured at the NBA combine.. and has that same incredibly long wingspan.. and did you look at the ‘paws’ on that guy? Those hands also look pretty ‘king sized’ to me.

  • hagster

    Where’s Whats Up Knight?????????????????

  • HoosierFan76

    No need to get personal about things, guys.

  • skotchie

    I’m anti-Crean, I’m anti-Team. I put UM on a pedestal.
    Got it!

  • Wow, you do ‘get it’.. Seriously, I have nothing against your opinion, except I don’t agree with all of the negativity all the time. There’s a whole lot of good going on in the program, you just don’t seem to ever acknowledge that part of it. The few times you have, your subsequent ‘tearing down of Crean’s ‘upside’ seems to overwhelm any good you’ve ever said.

  • Brian Stewart

    Normally they don’t have that, so team chemistry is something that starts after practice in the fall. It’s up to the guys already on the team to make him apart of the team as soon as possible. I’m sure they’ll do that.

  • Brian Stewart

    Yeah Troy’s strength is driving to the basket. You don’t do that from the post. If he plays in the post more than a play or two a game I’ll be shocked.

  • Alford Bailey

    LOL, I knew you would eventually come around, Mike.

  • Mike B

    He’s got Scottie Pippen’s body. He was pretty good in college, right?