Aric Holman is L.A. bound.
The former Owensboro High School basketball star signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, having not been selected in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y.
A 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward with a deft perimeter shooting touch, Holman is expected to play for the Lakers' organization at the California Classic, July 1-3, in Sacramento, and the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, July 5-15.
As a senior at Mississippi State in 2018-19, Holman started 20 of 34 games, averaging 9.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He shot 47% from the field, including 43% from 3-point range, and shot 70% from the foul stripe. He was second on the team with 54 blocks.
As a junior, Holman started 30 of 37 games and was second on the team at 10.9 points per game. He shot 57% from the field, including 44% from distance, and made 73% of his free throws. He pulled down a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest and had 66 blocks.
As a sophomore, Holman started 26 of 32 games, averaging 8.4 points and a team-high six rebounds per game. He shot 49% from the field, including 25% from 3-point range, while making 65% from the foul line. He also had a team-best 64 blocks.
As a true freshman, Holman played in 21 games, starting three -- averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in limited action (9.2 mpg).
Holman closed out his collegiate career for the Bulldogs with 1,035 points.
As a senior at OHS, Holman helped lead the Red Devils to a 31-4 record and the 2015 KHSAA State Tournament championship -- the program's first since 1980.
In the state championship game at Lexington's Rupp Arena, Holman produced 20 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks as Owensboro defeated Bowling Green, 74-58.
In his final high school season, Holman averaged 15.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 blocks, shooting 62% from the field and 52% from 3-point range. He was a finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award and was an Associated Press first-team All-State selection.