The Morgan State Bears basketball squad ended its season weeks ago, but that hasn’t stopped its best player from dominating the court.

MSU senior star Reggie Holmes—one of 64 players selected to compete in the Portsmouth Invitational pro basketball exposure camp held last week—was named as one of 10 members selected to the All-Tournament Team.

According to a MSU media relations representative, Holmes pleasantly surprised several scouts during the camp in Portsmouth, Va., which invited the top collegiate players in the nation to show off their skills to be potentially drafted or signed by NBA teams or other professional basketball clubs.

Holmes, the only player invited from a historically Black college/university (HBCU), recorded double-figures in each of the three tournament games he competed in, scoring a game-high 24 points with six rebounds in game-one, 22 points with seven rebounds in game-two and 15 points and six rebounds in game-three. 

“I’m very excited to have been the only Black college player represented in the tournament,” Holmes said. “I’m even more excited to have been recognized as one of the top 13 players in the whole tournament.”

Holmes is even more excited about how close he is to reaching a major historical accomplishment. The Portsmouth camp is the first of three development camps for NBA prospects leading up to the NBA Draft scheduled for June 24.  The other two camps will take place in Phoenix, Ariz., and Orlando, Fla., each considered a “stepping stone” towards the league’s draft. With a selection to the Portsmouth All-Tournament team, the 6-foot-4-inch Baltimore native has taken one step closer to becoming the first Division I player from Morgan State to be drafted into the NBA.

He would also become the second MSU player ever drafted by an NBA team, following Marvin “the Human Eraser” Webster, a 7-foot-1-inch center who played for the Bears from 1971-75 before being drafted in the first round by the Denver Nuggets.

Holmes, the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, surpassed Webster as the school’s all-time leading scorer this season, holding the record with 2,051 points. He was recently named as an Associated Press All-American honorable mention player after averaging 21.8 points and 4.3 rebounds during the regular season and helped MSU finish with a school-best 27-10 overall record. The Bears appeared in the NCAA Championship Tournament, losing to West Virginia in the first round.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor