Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson announced this afternoon that Thaydeus Holden, a guard from Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Vols beginning in the 2001-02 season.
A native of Silsbee, Texas, Holden was a first team All-Jayhawk Conference and first team all-Region VI selection after leading the Saints and ranking second in the league with 22.2 points per game this season. Holden, who can play either of the guard pos
itions, set a school record with 45 points in a game against Labette. His 732 points this year ranks fifth all-time on Seward's single season scoring lists and his 94 3-pointers rates second on the Saints' single-season lists.
Holden began his collegiate career at Lamar University where he averaged 8.1 points per game as a freshman in 1999-2000. That season he helped lead the Cardinals to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1983.
At Silsbee High School in Silsbee, Texas, he averaged 14.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in leading his team to a 27-7 record as a senior.
We are excited to have Thaydeus joining our team, Peterson said. He is an exciting player who can do a lot of things. Not only is he an outstanding scorer who can play at either guard position, but he also adds a lot of quickness to the defensive end o
f the floor.
Holden is the third signee for the Volunteers this year. Derek Stribling, a 6-foot-6 forward from Tallahassee, Fla., and Elgrace Wilborn, a 6-foot-8 forward from Springfield, Ohio, signed with UT during the early signing period.