19 MPG 10.4 PPG 5.8 RPG .8 APG .6 SPG 1.3 BPG 62.3 % FG 0 % 3FG
Holloway appeared in all 33 games and started 28 of them, clearly establishing himself as a stable big man and the center for this team for years to come. Holloway was one of Umass’ most prominent go to options last season as very few Atlantic 10 players could match his mere physical presence in the interior at 6’11 and 310 pounds. To put it bluntly, he was a beast in the paint. In fact, his range rarely extended outside of the key and this good shot selection resulted in a conference leading field goal percentage of 62.3%. On the offensive end, Holloway showed a much improved back to the basket game from his Freshman year and even had an 8 game stretch in which he reached double digits in scoring. He set new personal best’s when he went for 22 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to VCU and eclipsed this rebound mark when he pulled down 13 boards in a game vs Davidson later on. Overall, he led the team in rebounds (5.8), was third in scoring (10.4) and finished fifth in the A-10 in blocks (1.3).
Sophomore Highlights (2016-2017):
Due to his size, Holloway faced a great deal of double and even triple times at times last season. It appeared that UMass would force the ball down low with the shot clock winding down as they lacked an experienced playmaker who could create his own shot off the dribble. As a result, Holloway was forced to take poor shots which led to a number of wasted possessions each game. This season, look for Holloway to read the double early and locate shooters on the three-point line for wide open looks. Additionally, one of the biggest knocks on Holloway last season was his inability to string together long stretches of playing time. When he was limited in minutes and on the bench, UMass struggled without their inside force and gave up more rebounds and demoralizing second chance points. If Holloway is able to stay on the floor for extended periods, his numbers will continue to improve and his value as one of the most efficient players in the whole conference will be immense. On October 10th, Holloway suffered a thumb injury in practice and was scheduled to miss around 3-4 weeks which means UMass may be without him for opening games against UMass-Lowell and Harvard.
Role/Attributes: Starting Center, Defensive Presence, Interior Scorer
Quote: Matt McCall on Holloway buying into the new system
“Rashaan understands what I’m saying. He’s done a great job of trying to get that message to everybody else,”…“He’s doing a great job. He’s in way better shape than when I got here. He’s doing great. We’ve got to find ways to get him the ball.”
Quote from Daily Hampshire Gazette article http://www.gazettenet.com/UMass-men-s-basketball-practice-gets-underway-12968819 by Matt Vautour