UK assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen was in Rupp Arena on Sunday afternoon to see the Sweet Sixteen state championship game between Owensboro and Bowling Green.
Owensboro senior forward Aric Holman has emerged as a high-major recruiting prospect in recent months, and he was one of the stars of this year’s state tournament. The 6-foot-9 recruit averaged 16.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots through the first three games of the tournament.
Holman had 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots in Owensboro’s 74-58 victory Sunday to help lead the Red Devils to the state title.
He will spend a post-graduate year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia next season, then head to college as a member of the recruiting class of 2016.
Holman told reporters after Wednesday’s game that he has scholarship offers from Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati, Xavier and Virginia Commonwealth and is in constant contact with those schools. He acknowledged that his father is a huge U of L fan but said he does not have any favorites, despite buzz that the Cardinals are the frontrunners in his recruitment.
UK assistant coach John Robic watched Holman play last summer with the Hoop Dreams AAU team. Holman will play for the same squad this summer on the Adidas circuit.
Scout.com ranks Holman as the No. 94 overall prospect in the class of 2016.
“He’s just more assertive than he was last year,” Owensboro Coach Rod Drake told the Herald-Leader before the tournament. “He’s more involved in all aspects of the game. … He’s really made great strides. This boy – he’s going to be a phenom if he keeps doing what he’s doing.”