Zhejiang Lions sign former Detroit Mercer star Eli Holman

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The Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association have agreed to terms with Eli Holman who spent last year averaging a double-double in the Israeli league.

Holman played for both the Miami Heat’s and Toronto Raptors’ NBA summer league squads.

“Summer League was tough because everyone is out there trying to get that one job. It really challenges you as an individual. I tried to expand my game by adding that 12-15 foot jump shot. One thing I learned about being around these NBA guys is to add something new to your game every year. Adding that jump shot has taken my game to another level,” says Holman in an interview with NEWSTALK Detroit.

He says his role with the Heat summer league team was to be “the glue guy”.

“I wanted to be that guy that plays hard defence. That’s something I enjoy doing.”

At 6’10, 260 lbs., Holman will be a beast in the CBA. His presence inside will be felt on a nightly basis.

Holman will play alongside Jonathan Gibson as the two foreign players will look to guide the Lions to another playoff run. 

Last year, the Lions lost to the Beijing Ducks in the quarterfinals. The Lions have decided to drop former NBA big-man and CBA slam-dunk champion Chris Johnson from the roster.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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