COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) claimed his first career College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 accolade on Thursday, becoming the third member of his program to ever land the honor. Holmes was one of five student-athletes who were recognized for their accomplishments both on the court and in the classroom, with each hailing from the Northeast-10 Conference.
Holmes joins Joe Smoolca '85 and Brian Pannuzzo '99 as the third Purple Knight men's basketball players to earn a CoSIDA Academic All-District honor, as at least one Saint Michael's student-athlete has now been recognized with an Academic All-District accolade in 16 consecutive school years. Holmes earned a laurel voted upon by members of CoSIDA while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in March.
Holmes contributed 20 points in 19 of his team's 26 games this season, with his 24.1-point scoring average tying for the third-highest in program history, matching the best since 1964-65. It was also the sixth-best average in the 38-year history of the NE10. Holmes' 627 points were the most by a Purple Knight since 1966-67, and he set a school record by connecting on 89.9 percent of his free throws while also shooting 49.5 percent overall and 47.1 percent from three-point range, becoming the program's third player to make 90 threes in one season. He was second on the team in steals (27), third in rebounding (4.2) and fourth in assists (48).
The team's only captain this winter, Holmes is a double major in economics and mathematics while registering a 3.61 cumulative grade-point average. An NE10 Academic All-Conference pick and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar as a sophomore, Holmes has qualified for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times.
Holmes in seventh in NCAA Division II in scoring average, eighth in three-point shooting and threes made per game (3.5), and 12th in free throw shooting. Among NCAA East Region players, he is second in scoring but first in each of the other three categories. Holmes dropped 27 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting at No. 5 Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College on Nov. 12 before reaching 30 points for the first of five times with 31 on 5-of-7 long-range shooting at regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 3. He put together a five-game run late in the season where he averaged 34.6 points, shooting 26-of-37 on threes in the first three contests. After tying a school record with 10 threes - in 13 tries - during a 38-point effort at Southern New Hampshire University on Jan. 31, he put up 43 points - the most by a Purple Knight in 51 years - on 9-of-12 three-point shooting versus Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 3. He added four assists and two steals in that game.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.