South Carolina guard Kory Holden has found a landing spot to play his final season of college basketball.
Holden will spend the 2018-19 season playing for the South Alabama Jaguars, according to a report by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
South Carolina grad transfer Kory Holden has committed to South Alabama, per a source. Immediately eligible.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 8, 2018
Holden sat out one season after transferring from Delaware to South Carolina, so he will graduate this spring with eligibility remaining. Holden will be eligible immediately for South Alabama.
A second-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference player at Delaware where he scored nearly 18 points per game in 2015-16, Holden was expected to play a major role for the Gamecocks last season, after sitting out during the Gamecocks’ Final Four run in 2016-17 because of NCAA transfer rules. Unfortunately, he was never able to earn substantial minutes for coach Frank Martin.
In 14 games with South Carolina last season, Holden averaged 3.4 points per game on 33 percent shooting. He played 152 minutes all season.
At South Alabama, however, Holden figures to see a great deal more playing time for a team in need of high-level talent under first-year coach Richie Riley. In five years under former head coach Matthew Graves, the Jaguars never finished better than 14-18.
Though Holden’s departure is not massive for Martin’s team, the question of how this team is going to compete near the top of the SEC remains a question. Though the presence of controversial former 5-star recruit Brian Bowen on the roster presents an intriguing possible infusion of talent for the Gamecocks, it is unclear whether he will be allowed to play for South Carolina or any college basketball program, for that matter. Bowen is a key figure in the FBI investigation into several college basketball programs, including Louisville. He enrolled but never played for the Cardinals.
There seems to be little help coming for South Carolina on the recruiting trail. Martin’s 2018 recruiting class leaves much to be desired, ranking 81st nationally and 10th in the SEC, according to 247Sports.