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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

John Holland for President Rookie of the Year

Faced with a chance for their first 3-game winning streak of the year, BU brought the hammer down on Stony Brook. Correction, make that Johnny Holland brought the hammer down on Stony Brook.

Kid turned in one of BU's best overall performances of the year last Saturday: 15 points, 14 boards... and oh yeah, no turnovers. Holland's performance in the game was overshadowed only by the fact that Matt Wolff got into a fight.

John Holland was rewarded for his effort with his second straight AE Rookie of the Week award and third overall (Matt Wolff, we can only assume, was rewarded for his effort with a cookie).

I have been pushing Johnny's candidacy for Rookie of the Year over at the AE message board, where most folks seem to think it's a two-horse race between UNH's Alvin Abreu and Hartford's Morgan Sabia. But let's look at the stats for conference games (which is when Holland started taking minutes from Wolff):

Holland 12.3 ppg 7.3 rpg 12/18 a/to

Sabia 12.3 ppg 3.6 rpg 10/22 a/to

Abreu 12.2 ppg 4.2 rpg 21/24 a/to

If you ask me, it's a close contest but Holland wins it. Sabia is the conference's 3-point field goal percentage leader, but then why isn't that translating into more points - and for such a tall guy that's quite a low RPG. Abreu's high numbers come from playing almost all of his team's minutes, since they have nowhere else to turn.

Just don't transfer, Johnny.

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At 12:51 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

i've been sayin' j. holland since like the third game when he earned that starting role.

i only see him scoring more points/getting more rebounds in the upcoming games. he'll break away from sabia and abreu.

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

You are ahead of your time my friend.

He is the new Blakely

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Paul said...

completely agree. he played better than blakely for most of that game too. big things in the future from jhol. and youre right, hopefully he stays

At 6:33 PM, Blogger the High Roller said...

Yeah, I see him as the new Blakely, in terms of athletisism. As long as he doesn't get one of those stupid Mr. T haircuts.

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Jman said...

Holland is great defensively and plays with lots of energy. He has a very bright future. Lets hope he doesn't transfer.

At 11:53 PM, Blogger the High Roller said...

Good call, hot dog.


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