David Holston

David Holston Trades In Adana Kebab For Spargel And Toughness Over Teddybearness With The Artland Dragons

Putting a smile on little children´s faces is something anybody should have joy doing as a gift in a toy store is always a common jaw breaker or wide smile bringer to the ruddy face of any little child. The abundance of toys that one could seek at FAO Schwarz in New York on fifth avenue is mindboggling, but especially that life size teddy bear could always be that first best friend for a diminutive tyke. You won´t find a FAO Schwarz store on main street in Quackenbrück in the Artland, but one doesn´t even have to travel to Osnabruck or Bremen to find that adorable teddy bear in a toy store, but can witness the most loveable teddy bear with the slickest moves, crispist playmaking skills and unending scoring ability on the basketball court in the Artland arena. I am referring to pint-sized 168cm Pontiac, Michigan native David Holston. He would never be astray on the basketball floor, but can get lost in the shuffle in the Telekom Dome in Bonn last season during the 2014 Beko BBL allstar game where he was sitting in the stands and could easily have been mistaken for the son of an older player like a Darius Hall or Wendell Alexis simply because he looks like a kid. He may look like that cute teddy bear, but Holston belongs to the top point guards in the league and is all business on the court the way Yogi bear would hounding anybody for some honey. The American has spent his professional basketball career in Europe in only two places in Turkey and in Germany. He spent his first two seasons with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-TBL) and in 2011-2012 came to Germany to the Artland Dragons and had a super season playing German League: 40 games: Score-4(15.3ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-2(5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 88.2%; and EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2(6.3apg), Steals-2(1.8spg), FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 73.9%. IN 2012-2013 he returned back to Turkey to play for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. Last season he came back to Germany to Artland playing Eurocup 9 games: 8.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 44.4%; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 83.9%. Instead of fleeing back to Turkey, he decided to remain with the Dragons for a second consecutive season. It seems that after too much spicy Adana Kebab, he has chosen the rich cuisine of the Artland speciality Spargel and the continuing development of the Beko BBL. After having a huge first campaign with Artland, his stats slipped a bit last season, but he is ready to conquer the Beko BBL again this season. As usual the Artland Dragons are packed with unending talent and Holston is chef on the court. Holston is still seeking his first professional title and it doesn´t get any easier with the growing dominance of FC Bayern Munich. Holston is a competitor that plays to win and won´t experience any opponents swooning over his teddy bear image, but moreover getting annoyed time in and time out about the next cross over, steal, tip toeing to the bucket and just having to search for their jock strap over and over. Holston has a great supporting cast and doesn´t need to score 25 points a night, but his leadership and playmaking will be key to how well the Artland Dragons fare this season. “I love David’s fighting spirit and he is a good teammate. David makes big shots in the fourth quarter all the time. It always surprises me how he gets shots off when we need him to”, stressed Artland Dragon forward Lawrence Hill.


Can David Holston Duplicate His Magic From The 2011-2012 Season For The Artland Dragons

Sometimes returning back to an ex team can be the simplest of things like it is spreading butter and jam on toast for breakfast or a hardcore soccer fan refusing to wear a FC Bayern Munich jersey. Players returning back to teams isn´t so usual, but it does happen and especially going back to the Artland Dragons isn´t strange as players like Adam Hess and Brandon Thomas have done it. When it was clear that tyrese Rice wasn´t going to return, how nice was it as the club announced that David Holston would be returning. Holston may only be 167cm and look like a cute teddy bear, but his game is anything but cute, but all  basketball business. In his season with the Dragons, he was the best point guard in the Beko BBL being fourth in scoring, second in assists and second best pass giver in Eurochallenge play. With Artland in the Beko BBL he averaged 15.3ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-2(5.6apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 88.2%; EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg; EuroChallenge: 13 games: 12.2ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2(6.3apg), Steals-2(1.8spg), FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 73.9% Who could forget his amazing one on one duel against Je kel Foster where both players kept trading buckets while their teammates were out on a stroll to count if there are more white or black cows. Last season he returned back to Turkey where he had played before his first stay with Artland from 2009-2011. Last season he played for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (Turkey-TBL) playing 29 games: 14.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 79.1%. However it isn´t always that an ex player returns back to his former stomping ground, but Holston seems very comfortable in Quackebruck has another solid supporting cast and it will be interesting to see if he can have similar team success as the first time? “David Holston will be a big factor again with the success of the Artland Dragons with his strong  one on one qualities  and the ability to take control of the game in deciding moments”, stressed basketball agent and ex Artland Dragon Jan Rhodewald. Bonn guard Andrej Mangold remembers Holston from two years ago and agrees that the journey of Artland starts and ends with a strong Holston. “David Holston is surely one of the best point guards in the league and can decide a tight game in important situations which he did against FC Bayern Munich. He is hard to defend, because he is small and quick, but can also nail the three pointer. Holston has gained more experience and the Dragons started very well and are a playoff team. Where Artland ends their seasons will depend on the play of Holston”, warned Andrej Mangold.


Isaiah Swann (ratiopharm Ulm): David Holston Always Surprises You

Isaiah Swann is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Germantown, Maryland that is playing his first season in Germany for ratiopharm Ulm. He is an athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers. He played at Florida State from 2004-2008 and in his senior year played 24 games: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 38.8%, FT: 84.0%. In his rookie season in 2008, he played for three teams including Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%; left in Jan.’09, in Feb.’09 moved to Harem Scafati (Italy-Lega2): 1 game: 4pts, 1reb, 2steals, 1block; in March ’09 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT-3(46.3%), FT: 87.5%. In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 81.5%. Last season, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, in Dec.’10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%. He was Israeli Premier League Champion in 2010. He spoke with German Hoops about basketball.

How much of a luxury is it to have three strong point guards with Per Guenther, Tommy Mason-Griffin and yourself?

It is a very unique situation. We can all play the position one and two. We can create for ourselves and for each other as well as for our teammate. Most teams that I have seen have one or two point guards so having our situation is a big help.

What was it like playing against ex NBA player Jamison Brewer?

It was nice playing against Jamie that is what I called him back in the day. I played at the same high school along with other players like James White and Demarcus Johnson. I watched him play back then and he was always a great point guard. He can find other players like no other. He doesn´t score much. But he is always finding his teammates. It was good seeing him and it was the first time that I played against him.


Who Needs A Tyrese Rice When The Artland Dragons Have David Holston?

The area of the 12,881 population of frog town Quackenbruck may not be large, but there is still interesting things to do like following the 3,1km Froschpfad to observe the historic sites, chowing down on yummy Buchweizenpfannkuchen a speciality from there, spending a day in the many beautiful parks or in the past seeing a jubilant Darius Hall showcasing his big smile while bicycling from home to practice, but nothing is more exciting than following the basketball team Artland Dragons. The team has stood for success since they arrived in the Beko BBL in 2003 reaching the playoffs 5 times out of 8 times and missing three times on account of a 9th place finish. In the last two seasons the team has had extra suspense as they have had top point guards Tyrese Rice and this season David Holston. The point guard position is the most important position on the floor and with Rice the team had the second best scorer and fourth best assist man. There was a bit of uneasiness at the start of this season if Holston could fill the shoes of Rice, but so far the smallest player in the league from Detroit at 167m, he is second in scoring, assists and steals. Holston has been a big reason for the success as he has scored in double figures every time this season in the Beko BBL except for against BBC Bayreuth who have held him in check. He scored 29 points against Giessen, 26 points against Tuebingen and won both head to head duels against top guards Je Kel Foster and Bobby Brown. Who could forget his four three pointer in overtime against FC Bayern Munich giving Dirk Bauermann a long uncomfortable trip back to Bavaria.” I think Holston has fit in nicely with the team and been able to be one of the leaders on the court. He’s able to score, set up his teammates, and control the game so he’s a really solid PG”, warned ex MBC center Velimir Radinovic. One has to wonder how Stefan Koch knew they were the right players or if a special basketball frog gave him the right slip of paper and name during the summer? “I think he probably has a certain mould that he would like his point guard to fit, and recruits players that fit that profile. Rice and Holston are both capable of controlling the tempo of the game and running the team, but they can also drop 30 on you so you can never relax when defending that type of player. I think Rice had more of a scorer’s mentality and maybe not a pure PG. He was maybe looking to shoot first, pass second.”, added ex Ohio State center Velimir Radinovic.