One of the more coveted transfers players following the 2015-16 college basketball season was guard Kory Holden. After lighting up the Colonial Athletic Association for the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens for the past two years, it was time for a change.
After making his decision to transfer back in mid-March, following the end of his team’s season, several teams were chomping at the bit to get a visit from the guard to show him what they had to offer.
Holden garnered attention from several high-major programs since he announced his decision to transfer. Programs like the Maryland Terrapins and the Arizona Wildcats were known to have expressed a high level of interest for the guard’s services.
After over a month of deliberation and weighing his options, Holden took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to officially announce where he was transferring.
The rest of the SEC better keep an eye out, as Holden will be donning a South Carolina Gamecocks jersey.
Landing a commitment from Holden gives the Gamecocks an immediate boost on both ends of the floor. He brings size to the back court, while also can be a number one offensive option.
As a sophomore with Delaware, the native of Salisbury, MD averaged a team-best 17.7 points per contest in 2015-16, adding in 3.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. Holden shot 39.4% from the floor, and 38.8% from three point range.
After sitting out the 2016-17 season, Holden will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Gamecocks, starting with the 2017-18 campaign.
The commitment is a big one for the Gamecocks, as the team will be without two of their stars after the upcoming year. Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice will both be seniors in 2016-17, graduating before Holden can play a game with the team. Holden can step in and assume a big offensive role from the start.
If the cards fall correctly, South Carolina could have a back court duo of Holden and P.J. Dozier, who would also be a junior when Holden becomes eligible.
South Carolina could be home to one of the top back court tandems in the entire NCAA in 2017-18, if all goes according to plan.