Profile: Justin Holt (from 10/16/03)

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Virginia Tech picked up the second basketball commitment of the 2004 class earlier this week, snaring talented Tacoma Community College (Tacoma, WA) small forward Justin Holt. Holt chose Virginia Tech over Tennessee after visiting Blacksburg last weekend.

According to Tacoma CC Head Coach A.C. Mosley, Jr., Holt’s relationship with Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg made the difference.

“Justin and Coach Greenberg hit it off right away,” said Mosley. “Justin was really comfortable with him. That’s the big thing right there. They were getting along really well before the trip last weekend, but that sort of sealed it for Justin. He had a good time on the visit, and there is a chance for him to come in and have early playing time.”

The 6-6, 220 pound Holt can play either small or power forward but projects as a three on the next level. Holt, who qualified academically out of high school, originally signed with Oregon State before leaving after a coaching change. He transferred to Tacoma from Oregon State and played last season.

Last season, he averaged 22.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Holt made 49 percent of his field goals, was 70 percent from free throw line, and 35% from three-point range.

“He can play the three or the four because he can play with his back to the basket or spot up,” said Mosley. “I think he will be a three. He can handle the ball really well. He can initiate the offense if needed or be the primary ball-handler if needed.”

Holt’s determination and toughness are what separates him out on the court. Those intangibles will be much needed as the Hokies look to make some noise in the ACC conference in 2004.

“Justin’s a player that plays with his emotions on his sleeve,” said Mosley. “The best thing about him is that he’s relentless. He loves the competition. He’s the type of player that’s not afraid to attack the basket and he’s not afraid to mix it up out there.”

The toughness Holt exhibits on the court comes, at least in part, from his experiences off of it.

“He has definitely had to grow up a lot sooner than the rest of us,” said Mosley. “He lived with his mother and then lived with some friends of the family throughout his childhood. Basically, he had to learn about everything that our mothers and fathers taught us on his own. He’s never been in trouble but he is