Ottumwa -- Emmitt Holt Thursday became the latest Indian Hills player to choose a college to continue his education and basketball career, signing a letter of intent with Providence College.
Holt, a frontcourt player, will join the Big East Conference school after one season at Indian Hills. He was the final addition to the Warriors' 2015-16 roster after transferring from Indiana University. He made the most of his lone IHCC season, scoring 11.6 points and leading the team with his 6.4 rebound average. He was second in the nation among NJCAA Division I players in field goal percentage, shooting .689, and made 73 percent of his free throws.
"I felt it was the best fit for me," Holt said about his choosing Providence. "I have two years left and I intend to make the most of it. I expect to excel at Providence and in the Big East."
The Friars were 24-11 this past season, 10-8 in the league, and played in the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row.
The 6'7" Holt described his season at Indian Hills as a "great experience." "It's a good school with even better people," he said.
Holt is from Rochester, N.Y., about five hours from Providence, and said he was influenced in his college choice by the fact it's close to his home, saying it means a lot to his family that they will be able to see him play often.
As for what he needs to do to make an impact at PC, Holt said he wants to improve his range out to the 3-point line and get better at handling the basketball to show the coaches he can play away from the basket more than he has in his first two years at the collegiate level.
"We couldn't have been happier to have the opportunity to coach Emmitt for a year at Indian Hills," said IHCC head coach Hank Plona. "Emmitt is an impressive young nam with a bright future, and he will have a successful final two seasons at Providence.
"Emmitt is the type of person and player that will try to do whatever is asked of him," Plona added. "He is very unselfish and will fit great into the basketball program at Providence, as well as in PC's community."
Plona has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Providence and IHCC assistant coach Josh Sash is a former member of the coaching staff at the Rhode Island school.
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