Bloomington, Ind. – Eli Holman has yet to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will not join the…
Holman Gains Clearance
That's because Holman's two-month wait to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse came to an end early Friday afternoon, when IU Coach Kelvin Sampson received word that the Richmond, Cal., was officially given the green light to play this season.
Like everyone else on the team, Holman had been going through individual workouts for the last three weeks. Friday's news didn't come as a big surprise to Sampson, but it was a relief nonetheless.
"I think it was a matter of the winter sports vs. the fall sports," said Sampson, referring to the Clearinghouse needing to sort through the cases of fall sport athletes before moving on to the winter sports. "The longer it goes, obviously, you get a little bit concerned. But we were encouraged and confident the entire time."
Now that he has the NCAA's clearance to play, Holman will have to work on Sampson's approval to get on the court. With a talented frontline that includes the likes of D.J. White, Lance Stemler, Mike White, DeAndre Thomas and Brandon McGee, among others, minutes won't necessarily be that easy to come by.
"Eli isn't as far along as a guy like DeAndre," Sampson said. "Eli is 18 years old, DeAndre is 20. DeAndre has played two years of junior college basketball."
Whether minutes are plentiful or scarce, Sampson does see a great deal of potential in Holman in an IU uniform.
"I love his potential," Sampson said. "We're talking about a kid with a 7'7" wing span.
"Going against D.J. (White) every day, going against DeAndre every day. Even guarding a perimeter post like Brandon or Lance. All those things, all this will be new for him. Athletically he can play, but he has to learn to play at this level."
This free story is an example of the content you'll receive everyday when you subscribe to HoosierNation.com. Now is the perfect time to try our FREE seven-day trial!!
AllHoosiers.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More