John Holland put together a very good career at Boston University, ending with an impressive scoring display in a loss against top-ranked Kansas. While Holland was never considered much of a prospect, his performance at Portsmouth established him as an interesting player to watch during the pre-draft process.
Holland has average size for the shooting guard position, standing 6'4 without shoes with a solid 209-pound frame and a 6'8.5 wingspan. While he is just an average athlete overall, he looked both quicker and more explosive than in the past, as his aggressive and scrappy style of play in this setting maximized his athletic potential.
From an offensive standpoint, Holland has quite a few tools to work with and was one of the better scorers in attendance. Though he ultimately shot the ball poorly at Portsmouth, he was a prolific perimeter scorer in college and showed the ability to shoot from a standstill and off of the dribble with NBA range. His mechanics are solid, but sometimes he fails to square his body to the basket and his accuracy falters accordingly. He has been a streaky shooter throughout his career, however, and his 4/16 3FG at Portsmouth was an indication of this inconsistency.
His overall efficiency leaves much to be desired in fact, converting just 43% of his 2-point attempts this season and 33% of his 3-pointers.
Inside of the arc, Holland proved to be a capable scorer, pulling up off of the dribble to knock down mid-range jump shots. His above average first step and ball handling abilities allow him to slash to the basket with relative ease in this setting. He also used his understanding of his strengths and weaknesses to his advantage, as he utilized his strength to back down smaller guards in the post and to assert himself on the offensive boards.
He moved without the ball in his hands, as well, cutting to the basket and establishing good chemistry with point guard Corey Fisher. Furthermore, his willingness to scrap for loose balls and offensive rebounds allowed him to score even when his shot was not falling. His overall basketball IQ overall seems good and the aforementioned intangibles are all intriguing coupled with scoring instincts and physical profile.
Holland was solid on defense, showing solid fundamentals while playing with energy and effort throughout. His lateral quickness is just average for his position, but his active hands and scrappiness, allowed him to compensate accordingly. While he is likely not an elite defender at any level, he proved that he will not be a liability and that he is a hard worker on this end of the floor.
John Holland entered Portsmouth distinctly under-the-radar and left clearly having helped himself. He must still prove himself as a more efficient overall player, but his scoring instincts, effort level, and intangibles were on display in this setting, surely earning him some looks from international scouts.