NBA Draft Longshot David Holston Reaches For The Stars With The Help Of a Ladder
As the NBA draft approaches, basketball fans focus on such names as Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio, Jame Harden, and Hasheem Thabeet.
One-tenth of one percent of those same fans are eagerly awaiting the fate of former Chicago State star David Holston.
As the point guard for Chicago State, Holston was second in Division I in scoring last season, behind Stephen Curry, with 25.9 points per game. He made 147 three-pointers, while converting 37.2 percent of his attempts.
Despite all the scoring, David Holston still had the energy to average 6.4 assists and three steals a game.
Holston proved he could be successful against all levels of competition by scoring 33 points versus Marquette, 25 points against Northern Iowa, and 22 points versus Northwestern.
He led the Cougars to their first winning season last year since becoming a Division I school back in 1987. When Collegehoops.net named him a Third Team All-American, Holston became the first Chicago State player to be selected to a D-I postseason team.
David Holston is certainly no one-year wonder; for the 2007-08 season, he led Division I in three-pointers made per game with 4.6, and ranked tenth in the nation in scoring.
In the 2006-07 season, Holston scored 43 points versus Saint Bonaventure and averaged 15.6 points per game. As a redshirt freshman, David Holston scored in double figures in 21 of 30 games played.
Despite all the success that Holston has obtained, he's facing several ostacles standing in his path of making the NBA.
First of all, Chicago State is not recognized as a basketball factory. Before this past season's success, Chicago State basketball was best known for having East Lansing police break up a heated argument between player Cam-Ron Clay and coach Kevin Jones in 2006.
Chicago State's most famous alumnus is not even an athlete. It is Kanye West, and he dropped out.
Secondly, David Holston is not one of the tallest basketball players around; actually, he is one of the shortest. Holston says he is 5'8", but several internet draft sites are listing him one inch shorter.
In the last ten NBA drafts, only five players under six feet tall have been drafted—Nate Robinson and D.J. Augustin head the list that includes Speedy Claxton, Khalid-El Amin, and Scoonie Penn.
Despite the limitations, David Holston enters the NBA with an impressive skill set. In addition to his scoring ability, Holston possesses a wicked crossover, and can dribble well with either hand.
Unlike many players his size, Holston can jump and create his own shot. Chicago State never set many high screens for him because Holston didn't need them.
Basketball fans who have seen him love his signature move. Holston pretends to lose the handle on the ball, and when the defender lunges forward, he quickly regains control and either dribbles past or shoots over him.
At this point, it appears that David Holston will not be drafted; however, it's not like he hasn't faced obstacles before.
When you're as short as Holston is, you are considered small no matter what level you play at—Holston started his college career at Chicago State as a walk-on.
Holston won't give up if all doesn't go well in the draft; he has worked out for the Chicago Bulls, and there's always the possibility of being picked up by a team for summer league basketball.
Playing overseas or in the states in the NBA Development League is also an option.
With today's sports world being inhabited by selfish millionaires and prima donnas, the NBA could use a player like David Holston. He's living proof that effort and hard work can overcome anything. No matter where he plays, Holston will be a instant fan favorite and a inspiration to many.
Perhaps when David Holston does play in the NBA, Kayne West will write a song about it.
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