COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) claimed his third accolade of the postseason on Monday, being chosen for the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) East Region All-Region second team. He was one of 10 all-region selections, including five to the second team, as the student-athletes are picked by NCAA Division II sports information directors and conference office personnel.
Holmes, also a Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference second team selection, was among six NE10 players to land all-region nods. After not having an honoree since 2011-12, the Purple Knights have now had two in two years, with Matt Bonds '17 being placed on the second team last winter. Additionally, Holmes was named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division II Academic All-District last month.
Among NCAA Division II East Region players, Holmes is first in scoring (24.1), three-point percentage (47.1), three-pointers per game (3.5) and free throw shooting (89.9). In the most recent national rankings, through March 4, Holmes was fifth in Division II in three-point shooting, sixth in scoring average, seventh in threes made per game, and 12th in free throw shooting. Holmes turned in the fifth-highest scoring average in NE10 history while adding 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steal per contest.
Holmes' league-leading scoring average of 24.1 points tied Tom Hoey '79 (1978-79) for the third-highest figure in school history, and the best since 1965 NBA Draft pick Rich Tarrant '65 turned in 26.3 during the 1964-65 season. With 627 points, Holmes ended with the fourth-most points by a Purple Knight, and the most since 1967 NBA Draft selection Dick Falkenbush '67 had 648 in 1966-67. Only Tarrant ever had more points, scoring 702 in 1963-64 and 685 in 1964-65. Holmes contributed 20 points in 19 of his team's 26 games this season.
Holmes dropped 27 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting at No. 5 Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Nov. 12 before reaching 30 points for the first of five times with 31 on 5-of-7 long-range shooting at regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 3. He put together a five-game run late in the season where he averaged 34.6 points, shooting 26-of-37 on threes in the first three contests. After tying a school record with 10 threes - in 13 tries - during a 38-point effort at Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 31, he put up 43 points - the most by a Purple Knight in 51 years - on 9-of-12 three-point shooting versus Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 3. He added four assists and two steals in that game.
Holmes buried 90 three-pointers in 26 games, joining Todd Roberts '01 (92 in 31 games, 2000-01) and James Sorrentine '08 as the only Purple Knights to hit 90 threes in a season. Sorrentine had 97 in 27 contests during the 2004-05 season, as well as 91 in 29 games in 2006-07. Holmes' three-point percentage of 47.1 was good for fourth all-time, just shy of his third-place 47.5 percent last season, while he broke BJ Robertson's '06 12-year-old program record (87.7%) by knocking down 89.9 percent of his free throws, going 107-for-119. Holmes' 215 field goals also place him ninth in school annals. Heading into his senior year, he is 21st in program history in scoring, with 1,299 career points. Holmes is sixth with 207 threes.
Holmes became just the fifth player in NE10 history (since 1980-81) to average at least 24.0 points, with Holmes the second junior. He is the first since Springfield College senior Hassan Robinson, with 25.0 in 1994-95, to turn the feat. Springfield senior Ivan Olivares (26.0, 1985-86), Stonehill College junior Bob Reitz (25.1, 1981-82) and Bryant University senior Ernie DeWitt (24.4, 1980-81) were the first three to reach the plateau. Holmes led the NE10 in scoring during league contests, as well, with 24.9 points.
2017-18 D2 CCA All-East Region Teams
|Justin Reyes||Sr.-R||G/F||Saint Thomas Aquinas|
|Tim Guers||Jr.||G||Saint Anselm|
|Chris Walters||Gr.||F||Southern New Hampshire|
|Levi Holmes III||Jr.||G||Saint Michael's|
|Danny Upchurch||Sr.||G||New Haven|
East Region Player of the Year: Justin Reyes, Saint Thomas Aquinas