May 2, 2014
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech men's basketball head coach Michael White announced Friday the signings of Qiydar Davis and Merrill Holden to the 2014 recruiting class.
The two junior college signees add even more length, athleticism and size to a roster that returns four starters and adds a star-studded group of five who signed during the early period in November.
Qiydar (KEE-dahr) Davis is a wing guard who stands six-feet six-inches tall and will have two years of eligibility.
"Qiydar is a phenomenal athlete," said White. "He should be a terrific defender for us, as well as a slasher and finisher. He had a great individual freshman season at PJC, and this year he experienced team success at a very high level at IHCC."
This past season at Indian Hills Community College, Davis was part of a roster loaded with Division I talent who went 34-3 and spent much of the year as the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
The Warriors averaged a mind-blogging 108.9 points per game and advanced all the way to the finals of the NJCAA National Tournament before falling to Jones County Junior College, 87-77. Davis recorded eight points and nine rebounds in the loss.
He played in 28 games, making two starts including the title game, and averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. He registered seven double-digit scoring games despite playing less than 20 minutes in each of them.
Prior to transferring, the Georgia native played his freshman year at Pensacola State College where he averaged 14.4 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting along with 6.4 boards per game.
In 25 games played, he scored in double-digits 22 times including season-high 26 points in a two-point win over Gulf Coast State College.
Davis was also a key defender, recording at least three steals in five games. He ended up being named second team All-Panhandle Conference in 2013 and was a member of the All-Freshman team.
Merrill (Murhl) Holden is a six-foot eight-inch forward who will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"Merrill should be an immediate contributor to our program," said White. "He's got tremendous length and athleticism, and he's very versatile on both sides of the ball. He played for a very good team at Pratt CC that went to the National Tournament."
Pratt Community College went 22-13 this past season with Holden averaging 5.8 points on 52 percent field goal shooting and 4.9 rebounds per game, including 2.2 offensive rebounds per game.
The Nebraska native saw action in 28 games with 11 starts. He posted a career game against Labette Community College where he tallied 18 points and 12 boards.
He played his high school basketball at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Neb. He also considered Washington State, Nevada and Florida Gulf Coast.
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