Team USA pitcher and Wilson graduate Luke Holman

It's always good to have options and Luke Holman has a lot of them now.  Holman, who led Wilson High School to District 3 championships in 2019 and 2021, entered the transfer portal after two seasons at Alabama.  Holman (7-4, 3.67) allowed just 54 hits in 81 innings this year.  The 6'4, 200-pound righty struck out 87 and held opponents to a .186 batting average, third-lowest in the SEC among starting pitchers.  His 1.05 WHIP ranked #16 in all of Division I.  After struggling in 19 innings out of the bullpen as a freshman, Holman got stronger and developed a nasty slider.  He became one of the top hurlers in a conference that is loaded with talent.  "It's great. You play in front of amazing fans. The level of play is awesome. You gotta bring your best game every single game," he said.  The Crimson Tide went (43-21) and reached the Super Regional before falling to top-ranked Wake Forest.  Alabama was able to overcome adversity this spring.  Brad Bohannon was fired as head coach in early May after a sports wagering investigation.  The coaching change was a key factor in Holman's decision to enter the transfer portal.  He told Paul Roberts of SV Sports that he expects to stay in the SEC and make an announcement by the end of July.  Holman is considering LSU, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Florida.  He was selected for the USA Baseball collegiate national team this summer.  The former Wilson star fired three scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a 17-1 victory against Chinese Taipei on July 3rd.  Holman was even better in a 5-0 win over Japan on July 9th.  He completed five shutout frames with ten punch outs and one walk.  The time he spent in North Carolina was memorable.  "It was a big deal. It's always nice wearing the USA on your jersey. It was awesome," said Holman. 


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