Kiimani Holt is Set for Take-Off
There is only one player I have seen lock-down 6-foot-4 2020 guard Kiimani Holt so far... Kiimani Holt! He is one of those talents that has all the physical and athletic abilities you can ask for out of a high-level basketball prospect. He has the size, the length, the athleticism and the body. He is agile and did I say athletic?! That is an understatement. He can not just leap, he has dunk-contest worthy hops that gets people out of their seats when he gets in the open floor.
By no means is he a finished product. His outside jumper needs work and his handle needs to get tighter. But while playing for John Ortega and his Powerhouse 16U Elite team, Holt has flourished. When he is engaged, he is a walking bucket. Paired in a backcourt with him and 6-foot-1 2020 guard Tay Boothman, the two are some raw talents with high volume scoring capabilities and an upside through the roof.
Holt played this past season at Rancho Solano Prep and was a contributing factor of a team that won a state championship. He transferred his production over to the AAU scene where he has been Powerhouse's most consistent and steady player.
On the defensive end, Holt has it in him to be a lockdown defender. The bigger question is how much does he want to be that. When challenged, Holt is about as impressive as a college prospect there is in the state. Sometimes it might be rooted a little dip down in his gut, but when it is brought out of him, he is a dog! No need to look for finesse in his game. He is usually bigger and stronger than any guard or wing checking him and is one of the few players at this level that can get to the rim at will. If you pair that with his athleticism, he lives at the free-throw line the more he wears that defender down.
Before his high school basketball career has become what it is. Before college coaches started learning his name and that same name started to ring a bell or two in high school gyms, Holt was a stand-out football player on both ends of the field. It is that aggression and determination that can be the separating factor on the hardwood for Holt. Only time will tell, but he has the make-up to get him there.
He will be in LA for the West Coast Elite Hoop Review event this weekend hosted by Ryan Silver and Gerry Frietas for the first games of the live period. If he plays like he has of late, some phones should be ringing.
S/O to AZ Finest Mixtape for the training video from Kiimani's training session last summer.