A one-time South Florida commitment, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard from Garland's Naaman Forest High School averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assist and two steals per game. He was teammates both at Naaman Forest and on the Top Achievers Pistons with fellow Texas signee Prince Ibeh, and the duo helped the Rangers to a 29-8 record this past season, and a trip to the Class 5A state semifinals, where they fell to the eventual state champions from Flower Mound Marcus.
"Demarcus brings versatility to our backcourt and improves our skill level and ballhandling," said Texas coach Rick Barnes.
He also brings toughness. Holland, who has been compared to former Texas standout Royal Ivey, excels at filling a stat sheet in whichever way his team needs him to that particular night to have a chance at the victory. And according to Top Achievers coach Lawrence Mann, Holland spent the last two AAU seasons taking all the tough shots as the game wound down, even at times over more senior players.
Holland's main strength though, as Barnes said, is his versatility. He's athletic and long enough to play on the wing, but will likely be groomed as a point-guard-in-development. That should allow the Longhorns cover at multiple positions.
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