Bowling Green State Universities Richaun Holmes has been soaring up the draft boards of NBA teams. Originally, not on any teams watch list, Holmes has seen his stock rise due to his impressive defense and athleticism. After a great Senior year at BGSU Holmes was invited to Chicago to participate in the NBA Combine a few weeks back, and he performed quietly well.
Coming out of the 2013-2014 season at BGSU, already breaking the single-season blocks record (88) and the all-time block record, Holmes was dominate his Senior year. He finished the season at a top tier level averaging 2.7 blocks per game, landing him in the top-20 players in the country. On top of that Holmes also finished with 14.7 points per game, 8 rebounds a game, and averaged about 72% from the free throw line. Oh yeah, and also he shoots 42% on 3 point field goals.
This guy that averages 42% from beyond the perimeter stands tall at over 6’8 with a standing reach of 9’0″ and a wingspan of 7’1.5″. That’s not it… Richaun has a max vertical at 36 inches. He has the physical tools to be the ever-so-popular “stretch 4” that the NBA is going crazy for. It’s potentially the most coveted position by all NBA General Managers this day in age.
With his intriguing height and length mixed with his rather impressive combine performance, Holmes is now projected to be drafted around the middle of the second round by numerous scouts and experts. Although, recent rumors report he could go as high as the late first round.
His body fat content was only 8.80% and he weighs in at 242.8 pounds. This kid has the physical framework to make his dream become a reality. Perhaps the best trait he attains is his ability to run the floor for his size, however.
It’s not everyday you see a 6/8′ big man running the floor that has the vision to make the correct play on a consistent basis. Now don’t expect him to take the ball up the court at all, but he does indeed possess the ability to create plays. All of this combined is sure sounding like a great NBA prospect that has organizations salivating at a chance to land a play-making stretch 4 in the second round.
The main reason he is going unnoticed is due to his college career. Not being highly recruited by division 1 universities out of high school, Holmes attended Moraine Valley Community College his first year out of High School. He was named NJCAA Division II All-American as well as being named the Skyway Conference Player of the Year. The jump to division I wasn’t too difficult for Holmes to translate one year later at Bowling Green State University.
His Sophomore season he set the BGSU single-season blocks record with 73 while playing 31 of the 32 games, all but two in which he started. He also shot 63.6% from the field which ended up being the 4th best in school history. His Junior season he was named to the MAC All-Conference Third-Team, while breaking the BGSU all-time career blocks record. Then, as mentioned earlier, he had a tremendous Senior season at BGSU.
Richaun Holmes reaps the capability to finish in the lane. He can crash the offensive glass and has the footwork and patience to slam it home. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor from eighteen feet, drive through the lane, and finish. If you leave him on a pick-and-roll he will finish from nearly anywhere on the alley oop. That’s the thing with Holmes, he simply has the basketball IQ, and knows how to FINISH.
Despite not attending a university in a major conference, Holmes has strived to achieve a dream and has put in the work to turn it into a reality. Rachaun has always been under looked ever since High School, but the motivation and dedication he has displayed over the course of the last few seasons has got himself projected to make the big bucks in the National Basketball Association.
Good luck to Richaun as the NBA Draft is set for June 25th and we expect to see him rocking a New Era hat that evening.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Matt Stevenson