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05-21-2015, 11:50 AM

Howland has come in and made an immediate impact. Aric Holman is a 4 star Power Forward who can make an immediate impact. Another good pick up, this class is really forming into shape

05-21-2015, 02:06 PM
Howland is really high on this kid, seems like a steal this late in the game:

Ben Howland added the latest piece to Mississippi State's extreme makeover in 2015. The coach announced the signing of 6-foot-9 forward Aric Holman on Wednesday.

The four-star signee from Owensboro, Kentucky is the second player Howland signed since being introduced as MSU's coach in late March.

"He has an unbelievable skill level," Howland said. "His ability to shoot the ball and he's not a good passer, he's a great passer. He can handle the ball on the floor. He's got a very, very bright future."

Holman joins five-star top-10 prospect Malik Newman, who was Howland's first signee as MSU head coach. Holman picked Mississippi State among a group of schools that included Texas, Louisville, South Carolina and Miami. Holman, planned to attend Hargrave Military Academy, but will reclassify to 2015.

Mississippi State, a team that finished in the bottom of the Southeastern Conference the last three seasons, suddenly has a talent-laden roster with a mix of experience and youth in a matter of months since Howland took over.

The Bulldogs will play five seniors next season, including Craig Sword a second-team all-conference selection last year. This year's freshman class consists of Newman, four star prospects Holman and Quinndary Weatherspoon and three-star talent Joseph Struggs.

Among the talent, Howland expects his latest addition to find time on the court and produce.

"I think he impacts us right away," Howland said. "He makes us better where we're weakest, which is up front."

The near-seven-footer has a 7-foot-2 wingspan. He uses that length in the post with 4.9 blocks per game, but also thrives on the wing and can run transition opportunities and stroke it from deep. He shot 62.2 percent from the field and 52 percent from 3, en route to averaging 15.9 points per game last year.

"He's a stretch four. He can go inside and shoot a jump hook. He'll block shots," Howland said. "But where he's really good is facing up and spacing the floor. What this does for us now is, when he's in the game with Gavin Ware, it really spaces the floor well."

Holman fills up Mississippi State's final scholarship. One opened with Maurice Dunlap transferring, which the school announced shortly after Holman's addition became official.

Howland compared Holman to another swing forward, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who played for the coach at UCLA. Mbah a Moute is 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds. Holman is currently 200 pounds. Howland hopes the to add 10 to 15 pound onto the freshman before the fall.

"This kid is longer, this kid is a better shooter. Luc's a better defender and a stronger body," Howland said. "The biggest thing Aric's going to need is, he really needs to build his body up."

The first chance he'll get to bulk up under Mississippi State's training staff is in June when summer workouts begin.

"He's a winner and he's really going to help us as a freshman," Howland said. "He's really going to be a good player for us. I'm excited. I'm really excited."

05-21-2015, 03:07 PM
He plays somewhat close to me. They won the state title but neither of the major state schools really recruited him hard.

05-21-2015, 03:14 PM
He was recruited heavy by a lot of other schools, seems like a really good pick up late for us.

05-21-2015, 03:29 PM
I haven't really seen him play enough to really say what he can do.

05-21-2015, 06:17 PM
I seriously cannot wait for this season to start. It is going to be nice to have a talented product on the floor again. Will be a very welcome change from these last 3 seasons.

05-22-2015, 08:10 AM
I agree waves, some are saying that Howland still isn't done.

05-23-2015, 07:34 PM
Good pickup.

Very talented basketball player, tremendous upside