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Eric Peterson, Published June 30 2012

Former Oak Grove star Holt commits to Dragons

MOORHEAD – Evan Holt decided to come home.

The former Fargo Oak Grove standout has verbally committed to play men’s basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead next season.

“I just wanted to be back home and it was a good fit for me,” Holt said.

Holt played last season at Williston State College, averaging 6.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 22 games. He made two starts. The 6-foot-4 guard has three years of eligibility remaining.

Holt became the seventh player in this year’s MSUM recruiting class.

The Dragons finished last season with a 21-10 record, making the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament championship game. They also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament.

“I know last year they did really well,” Holt said. “They finished well and I like to win and I want to go to a winning program. I think we will have success.”

Holt played for former MSUM assistant coach Eric Peterson, who was an assistant at Williston State last season and will be the team’s head coach for the upcoming season. Peterson was an assistant for one year under Dragons head coach Chad Walthall.

“I think Evan has a really good chance to contribute at that level,” Peterson said. “He is a 6-4, has a good frame and is deceptively athletic.”

Peterson said Holt was slowed by a knee injury early in his freshman season at Williston State, but came on late in the year. Holt had 26 points in a region championship game against North Dakota State College of Science.

“By the end of the year he’s playing at a very high level,” Peterson said.


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