Kammeon Holsey said he doesn’t feel lost, which is how coach Paul Hewitt described his efforts on defense in the win against Savannah State, but he says he is getting the hang of college basketball.
Holsey, a 6-8 forward on Georgia Tech’s basketball team, is averaging 2.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. He had a rough game in the 69-59 win against the Tigers, missing two shots, turning over the ball twice and failing to pull a rebound in eight minutes.
In his postgame press conference, Hewitt twice described Holsey as lost, saying, “We’ve got to get Kammeon going.”
Holsey admits to being lost on defense when the season started, but said he’s now starting to understand the nuances of man-to-man, particularly communication and jumping out on his man. He said fellow big men Daniel Miller and Nate Hicks have helped him keep his confidence up.
Hewitt said that the confusion Holsey may be experiencing on defense may be affecting his offense. He has shown flashes this season. In the loss to Georgia, Holsey took the ball at the free-throw line and blew by his defender. However, he missed the shot.
Hewitt said he wants to see Holsey, as well as Miller and Hicks, establish themselves earlier in the games by posting up closer to the basket, blocking shots and grabbing rebounds.
He has said that as the big men play better, the team will continue to improve.
Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. played just 10 minutes against Savannah State and went scoreless. Maurice Miller started in his place because Hewitt said that Miller has been playing well this season. He had nine points, five rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes against Savannah State.
– By Doug Roberson, AJC