Fresno State coach Rodney Terry has three senior guards to replace from an NCAA Tournament team in Marvelle Harris, Cezar Guerrero and Julien Lewis, but he took a solid step in replenishing the Bulldogs’ backcourt Friday through an oral commitment from Jacob Holland of Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo.
Holland, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, averaged 12.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game last season for the Rattlers, who went 27-6 overall and 15-1 in the Region IX Conference. The Bulldogs’ end-of-season run to their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001, he said, didn’t escape notice as he worked through the recruiting process.
I see us back there next year, and I just want to be a part of that.
Fresno State recruit Jacob Holland, on the lure of helping the Bulldogs make back-to-back NCAA Tournaments
“I knew they were going to go far and have a chance to win the Mountain West and make the tournament,” said Holland, who had scholarship offers from two other NCAA Tournament teams, Tulsa and Bakersfield, and also was recruited by Robert Morris, Western Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri.
“I just saw them do it and it’s something that I want to do. I see us back there next year, and I just want to be a part of that.”
Terry is not allowed under NCAA rules to comment about prospective student-athletes until they have signed a national letter of intent or grant-in-aid agreement. Holland, who will have two years of eligibility at Fresno State, will sign during the spring period, which starts April 13.
“I know that I have a big role to fill and I’ll be ready to play,” Holland said. “Coach (Byron) Jones tells me with Marvelle gone and Juice (Lewis) gone, he thinks I can do some things that Marvelle does and I can replace Julien a little bit, too. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to fill that role the best I can. I’ll do whatever they need me to.”
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