Former Indiana forward Emmitt Holt, who was kicked out of the program on Aug. 31, has decided to continue his college career at a popular junior college program.
Holt announced Sunday that his next step will be wearing a uniform for Indian Hills Community College, which is based in Ottumwa, Iowa. IHCC has been a popular stop for many Division I-level players who use the junior college as a stopgap of sorts. Holt will be eligible to play immediately, whereas a transfer to a D-I outlet would mean a redshirt season.
Holt was booted by Hoosiers coach Tom Crean after he was cited for possession of alcohol while underage. The citation came at the start of the first weekend of Indiana University’s fall semester. Holt wrote a quick letter explaining himself and sent it to a few news outlets over the weekend. It reads:
Dear Indiana University Community,
While my dismissal from the Indiana basketball team was a consequence of my own choices, I’m primarily guilty of doing what most young college students do on any given weekend which is participate in campus life which often includes engaging in the use of alcohol. As a member of the Indiana basketball team I realize that I am held to a higher standard than most college students, coaches and family down and for that I’m truly sorry. I promise to learn from my mistakes and I look forward to pursuing my studies and my basketball career at Indian Hills. I want to thank Coach Crean, the entire staff, my teammates and most of all the great fans of Indiana Basketball for my time in Bloomington.
In November 2014, Holt was driving a car on campus when he accidentally hit a former teammate, Devin Davis. Davis sustained serious head trauma, forcing him to miss the entirety of the 2014-15 season. Davis was found at fault in the incident.
With Holt’s more recent/second alcohol-related episode, IU freshman and five-star recruit Thomas Bryant was internally disciplined by the program for receiving the same citation as Holt. Holt averaged 3.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers last season.