Two VMI players taken in NBDL draft
A pair of former Keydets have been selected in the 2009 NBA Development League draft, held on Thursday, Nov. 5. In the third round, Reggie Williams ’08 was selected by the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce, while Travis Holmes ’09 was taken by the Utah Flash in the event’s sixth round.
Williams (Prince George, Va.) spent last season with JDA Dijon Bourgogne, averaging 12.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists for the French club. The all-time leading scorer in VMI, Big South and Virginia Division I history, Williams led the nation in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons, while he also ranks among the top six in VMI career rebounds, assists, steals and three-pointers made.
Last season, Holmes (Charlotte, N.C.) became just the ninth player in NCAA Division I history to amass 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 300 steals in his career. He helped lead the Keydets to a historic season in 2008-09, beginning the year with a stunning 111-103 win at Kentucky, when he poured in a team-high 30 points. VMI went on to a 24-8 mark and the program’s second Big South Championship Final appearance in three seasons, and Holmes was honored as an All-Conference performer by the Big South.
Holmes’ twin brother, Chavis (Charlotte, N.C.), meanwhile, is averaging 13.5 points and 1.8 steals while hitting all 20 of his free throws for Caja Rioja in Spain, helping lead the club to a 4-2 start. Holmes was selected to the First Team in the Big South Conference and the NABC District 3 last season, the same accomplishments Williams earned the year previous. Chavis capped his career by becoming the first player in Big South history to total 2,000 points, 300 rebounds, 300 3-pointers and 300 assists in his four years in the league.
The selections of Williams and Holmes mark the first time that players from VMI had been selected in the NBDL draft in the league’s nine-year history.