JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 29, 2015) – ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes announced Wednesday that the Buccaneers have received a national letter of intent from junior college transfer Nigel Holley (Wilmington, N.C.).
Holley, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward, spent the past two seasons at Vincennes University, where he helped his team combine for a 67-5 overall record, including a 33-2 mark last season and a No. 1 national ranking. Holley has enjoyed his share of success on the basketball court, having also won a North Carolina state championship at New Hanover High School.
“Nigel fills a need on our current roster as he’s able to score with his back to the basket with either hand,” Forbes said. “He brings needed size to our front court and is a very good post defender. Nigel played on a very talented team with five other Division I players at Vincennes. He has been very well coached at the high school and junior college levels, and is a winner.”
Holley said there were several reasons he chose ETSU.
“When I visited campus and got a chance to meet the guys on the team, it just felt like a good fit,” said Holley, whose teams made back-to-back trips to the NJCAA National Tournament during his two seasons at Vincennes. “All the guys had good things to say about the school. I think the opportunity to play for Coach Forbes will have a huge impact on making me a better player. He’s won a lot of games and coached at great programs like Wichita State, Tennessee and Texas A&M. That’s the type of excitement we want to bring to ETSU. We want fans to come to games and have a good time watching a successful team.”
After having coached him for the last two seasons, Vincennes head coach Todd Franklin said he expects Holley to have a successful career at ETSU.
“Nigel is a very talented young man who played a key role in our pogram’s success the past two years,” Franklin said. “He missed several games this year due to illness, but came on strong at the end of the year. Nigel can score with his back to the basket, can rebound the ball, and is a top notch defender. Most importantly, he’s a great person and someone I enjoyed coaching. He has a bright future at ETSU.”
Holley joins transfer Peter Jurkin (Juba, South Sudan) and junior college transfer T.J. Cromer (Albany, Ga.) as members of the Buccaneers 2014-15 recruiting class. For more on the Bucs throughout the offseason, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s hoops link.