Holland Signs Pro Contract, Joins P.R. National Team Camp with Strong

GO TERRIERS 2010 AE All-Defensive Team member Carlos Strong ('10) trains hard at Puerto Rico's national team camp.
2010 AE All-Defensive Team member Carlos Strong ('10) trains hard at Puerto Rico's national team camp.

July 26, 2011

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Boston University's 2011 America East Player of the Year and All-American John Holland will continue his basketball career in France's top division with Chorale de Roanne and is currently training with former teammate Carlos Strong ('10) at Puerto Rico's national team mini-camp.

Puerto Rico will be participating at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina from August 30 - September 11 and will need to earn one of the two spots available for the 2012 Olympics. A total of 40 players have been invited for the camp, which will help the coaching staff select the 12-man roster.

The two 1,000-point career scorers Strong and Holland helped the Terriers reach the America East Championship final and the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational in 2010. During the magical postseason run, the two men combined for 48 points in a 96-78 victory at Oregon State and then for 45 points in the thrilling 91-89 CBI quarterfinal victory against Morehead State at Case Gym. With the two wins, BU became the first-ever America East program to earn at least two victories in a single postseason tournament.

This past year with Strong and eight other seniors departing, Holland eclipsed the 2,000-point mark and led BU to the program's first league title and NCAA berth since 2002. He tallied 27 points and 11 rebounds to help the Terriers rally from behind to knock off Stony Brook in front of a national audience on ESPN2.

Holland now joins Strong and several other Terriers in the professional ranks. A member of the 2010 All-AE Defensive Team, Strong played this past year for San German in Puerto Rico's top league. He averaged 8.0 ppg and 22.6 mpg while shooting 52 percent from the field to help the squad place fourth in the standings with a 17-13 record.

Fellow 2010 graduate Tyler Morris made international headlines when he drained a half-court buzzer beating 3-pointer to help his club win the Romanian A Division championship. A two-time First Team All-America East honoree, Rashad Bell ('05) has been a dominant force in Hungary, averaging 20.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.4 spg this past season to help MJUS-Fortress Kormend finish third.



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