ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross signed Round Rock native Tim Holland to a National Letter of Intent.
Holland, a 6-8 forward who will join the Mavericks next year as a true freshman, is currently a senior at Cedar Ridge High School. He is ranked as the No. 22 player in the state of Texas, according to Texas Basketball Review, and averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game over the last two seasons. He plays for Coach Quinton Black at Cedar Ridge and is a 2-time all-district selection.
"Tim reminds me of ex-UT Arlington Maverick Brandon Edwards, which is a huge compliment because Brandon is second in career rebounding at UTA and was an all-conference player in the Sun Belt," said Cross. "Tim is one of the most explosive basketball players I watched last summer. He will be awesome on the pick-and-roll and should be a monster on the glass."
Holland is the first of four expected signees for the UTA men's basketball program, which is selected by league coaches as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference. The Mavericks have advanced to the postseason three times in the last five seasons and won a program-high 24 games twice during that period.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2017 graduate of Cedar Ridge High School ... a 2-time all-district selection, first team as a junior and 2nd team as a sophomore ... averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game as a sophomore/junior ... named Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year as a junior ... earned 3rd place runner up for district player of the year ... named team Offensive MVP as a sophomore ... coached by Quinton Black ... ranked as the No. 22 player in the state of Texas by Texas Basketball Review and No. 32 by Texas Top 100 ... played AAU basketball for THP Elite ... coached by Marcus Winn, Sr.
"Tim is a very driven young man. He has a strong work ethic and will do whatever it takes to improve his game. UT Arlington will get a student-athlete with a strong work ethic in the classroom and on the basketball court. He has developed the ability to encourage others around him and do what it takes for the betterment of the team. Over the years, Tim has matured tremendously from a personal standpoint and as a player. I strongly believe the best is yet to come. He has an amazing upside and tons of room to grow. He will transition into an amazing student-athlete for UTA." -- Cedar Ridge Coach Quinton Black.
"Tim is a very smart, competitive and hard-working young man who looks to get better on and off the court each day. He is a fiery leader and looks to push his teammates to be the best they can be. He will impact the UT Arlington program by bringing an instant defensive presence, athleticism, finishing around the rim and versatility. Tim was able to develop through the Texas Hardwood Prospects Elite AAU program by allowing the coaching staff to critique and correct his weaknesses, while he showed the eagerness and desire to improve. He used the training program established by THP Elite to fine tune his game and show improvement each summer. The THP Elite program would like to thank Tim and his family for the memories and the contributions to the program. Big Tim Farley would be proud and UTA has a big-time player in their program." -- THP Elite Coach Marcus Winn, Sr.
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