Aric Holman has reached a deal to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The Owensboro High School graduate went undrafted Thursday night, but signed with the NBA team Friday morning.
Holman joins a roster spearheaded by two of the biggest superstars in the NBA in LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Lakers made the blockbuster trade of the summer on Saturday, acquiring Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Holman had a standout basketball career with Owensboro that included a state championship in his senior campaign in 2014-2015. He recorded 20 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocked shots in the 74-58 title game win. He was also named a Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist that season.
As a first-team All-State selection his senior year, Holman averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 blocks, while shooting 62.2 percent from the field and 52.2 percent beyond the arc as the Red Devils went 31-4.
Holman went on to play four years at Mississippi State University. In four years with the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. During his senior campaign, Holman played 34 games and drew 20 starts where he put up 9.5 points per game on 47.3% shooting to go along with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Holman scored in double figures in 15 games in the 2018-2019 season and recorded six double-doubles.