Holloman signs for Raiders as 2013-14 rebuild is completed
Plymouth Raiders have signed American forward Garrius Holloman and completed their 2013-14 rebuild.
Holloman, 23 and 6ft 6in, hails from Wichita, Kansas. He is one of six new faces on the Raiders' new-look squad alongside centre Andreas Schreiber, the one face the British Basketball League club have retained from 2012-13.
Holloman spent his rookie year in New Zealand's top division, the NBL, and has been added to play minutes out on the wing at small-forward and also give Raiders coach Gavin Love a solid option inside at power-forward.
Holloman, like five of his new Raiders team-mates, will be a second-year professional this season.
Love has a playing budget to work to and less experienced players are naturally less expensive, but Love also wants hungry players with points to prove all pulling in the same direction in 2013-14.
Love said: "Garrius is an athletic small-forward who can also play at the power-forward position.
"His versatility is very important to us. He has the ability to score inside and out, and his athleticism will help us at the defensive end."
Holloman was a graduate of Bethune Cookman University in Florida before turning professional in New Zealand last season. He made three appearances for Hub Jets before joining top-flight rivals Waikato Pistons, for whom he made 14 appearances, averaging 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
Holloman is capable of hitting three-pointers, but shot an underwhelming 26 per cent from long range for Pistons and 42 per cent from the floor overall and 60 per cent from the foul line.
Holloman and British forward Ben Eaves will compete for a starting spot at small-forward in the Raiders' 2013-14 line-up.
Inside, Love is set to start power-forward Shane Walker and centre Andreas Schreiber, while, in the backcourt, Love can rotate guards Gabe Haskins, Jarvis Jones and Donald Robinson.
Everyone, bar Haskins, can play in two positions, giving Love multiple options, taking into consideration individual form and Raiders' opponents.
First up for Raiders in the BBL in 2013-14 are London Lions, who visit the Pavilions on the opening weekend on Sunday, September 29.
"I think we can compete this season. I'm really happy with the team I have," said Love.
"Yes, we're young. Most of the guys have just one year's experience, which may be the one downside you feel when you look at the team. But we have great size, we're very athletic and we're quick."
Holloman can finish strongly and slam-dunk on the counter-attack, and convert mid-range jump-shots.
He is also comfortable receiving the ball with his back to the basket and can hit turnaround jump-shots over defenders.
Love added: "I think for the first month of the season players will find their feet, because guys are young and trying to prove themselves. We'll only have seven pros, but we're versatile. There's only probably Gabe who's going to just play the point-guard position. That gives me flexibility, which is important."