Holland ('11) Signs with the Celtics in Time for NBA Playoff Run

Holland ('11) Signs with the Celtics in Time for NBA Playoff Run

April 12, 2016

ESPN.com - Holland back in Boston for another Celtics playoff journey
Boston Globe - BU's Holland took a long, winding road to the NBA
MassLive.com - Holland "honored" to sign with the Celtics, live out his NBA dream

Holland (30 pts.) highlights vs. Maine Red Claws, April 5
Holland highlights vs. Stony Brook, 2011 America East Championship
BU Points of Departure: J. Holland ('11)

BOSTON - A two-time team MVP and former conference Player of the Year, Boston University men's basketball alum John Holland ('11) has fulfilled his dream of reaching the NBA after signing a two-year contract with the Boston Celtics on Monday afternoon.

With the announcement, Holland becomes the first Terrier to join the Celtics since Tom Ivey ('86) was drafted in the seventh round of the 1986 NBA Draft. Past BU Hall of Famers Steve Wright ('80) and Bob Cumings ('59) were also previously drafted by Boston. Naismith Hall of Fame member Rick Pitino had his first head coaching job at BU from 1978-83 and later coached the Celtics from 1997-01.

BU now has three active connections to the NBA. 1981 team captain Brett Brown ('83) is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and former assistant Steve Clifford (1990-94) is the head coach for the Charlotte Hornets.

A 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard/forward combo player from Bronx, N.Y., Holland finished his collegiate career as just the second in America East history alongside NBA star Reggie Lewis to have at least 2,000 points, 700 rebounds and 200 steals.

Since graduation, he had spent the last five years making a name for himself in the top professional leagues in Turkey, France and Spain while participating in multiple NBA Summer Leagues with the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves. He also competed with the Puerto Rico National Team at the FIBA World Championships and Americas Championships.

This past year marked Holland's first in the NBDL. During the opening round of the playoffs, he averaged 28.5 ppg on 62.5 percent shooting (58.8 3FG%) while racking up 4.0 apg as well to help the Canton Charge claim a 2-0 sweep over the Celtics' development team, the Maine Red Claws.

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