The Maryland basketball program has shown "strong interest" in Delaware point guard transfer Kory Holden, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Borzello.
Delaware transfer Kory Holden has attracted strong interest from Miami, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Nevada, Louisiana Tech and others.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 23, 2016
Holden is a Salisbury, Md., native and has two years of eligibility remaining. He scored 17.7 points per game out of the Blue Hens' backcourt this season and shot 39 percent on three-pointers. He's listed at 6'2 and 180 pounds, and he plays the one position. If Melo Trimble were to leave for the NBA, Holden would be an intriguing reinforcement – although he'd need a waiver to play immediately, and there's no reason to expect he'd get one.
Holden wants to transfer to play at a higher level. The teams Borzello mentions that most meet that criteria are definitely Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech, and the Terps and Hokies are both at least in the same region as Delaware. The Blue Hens are terrible, as they went 7-23 this season and finished last in the CAA.
There's recent precedent for CAA guards transferring to major conferences and thriving. Drexel's Damion Lee transferred to Louisville for this season and scored 16 points per game for the Cardinals. It would be surprising if Holden couldn't make the adjustment and be an effective piece for a Big Ten or ACC team. He has a diverse set of skills to help him to do it, too. He shot 80 percent at the foul line this season and added four assists and three rebounds per game.
Maryland figures to have junior Jaylen Brantley and freshman Anthony Cowan at point guard next season. If Trimble returns for another year, he'll be a junior.
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