COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball senior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) earned the second Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference honor of his career, the league announced on Tuesday. Holmes was placed on the five-member second team while among 22 student-athletes from around the league recognized as all-conference.
Holmes, who also landed on the second team as a junior, is the 12th Purple Knight to earn multiple NE10 All-Conference accolades since the program began competing in the league in 1986-87. Saint Michael's players have now been lauded as all-league eight times in the last six years. A well-rounded student-athlete, Holmes recently claimed his second career Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 nod after being named Google Cloud Academic All-America last winter. He was also an NE10 All-Rookie Team pick in 2015-16 and a Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) All-East Region selection as a junior.
Holmes stands second in the NE10 in free throw percentage (89.7%), third in three-point percentage (44.1%), fourth in made three-pointers per game (3.0) and fifth in scoring average (20.2). He remains 18th in Division II in free throw shooting, 23rd in three-point success rate and 50th in scoring. Holmes is second in the NCAA East Region in free throw percentage, fourth in three-point percentage, fifth in threes made per game, and 10th in scoring average. Holmes, who turned in a career-high 1.1 steals while matching his best in rebounding (4.2), is also seventh in the NE10 in field goals per game (6.6) and eighth in free throws per game (4.0).
A two-time captain, Holmes will graduate with the best career three-point percentage (45.3%) and free throw percentage (87.0%) in program history, and is third in three-pointers (278), fourth in points (1,784), fifth in scoring average (17.7) and 10th in field goals (603). Holmes' career scoring average was the best by a Purple Knight since 1974. He sits fourth in NE10 history in career three-point percentage and fifth in free throw success rate, and also owns three of the four best single-season free-throw percentages in program history.
After posting 24.1 points per game as a junior, Holmes became just the fourth Purple Knight to have multiple seasons with a scoring average of 20.0 or more, joining SMC Athletic Hall of Famers Rich Tarrant '65, Dick Falkenbush '67 and Fran Laffin '74. Holmes buried 90 triples last year and followed that up with 71 this winter, joining Mark Mulvey '97, Todd Roberts '01 and James Sorrentine '08 as the lone Purple Knights with multiple seasons of 70 threes. He collected 36 career 20-point games, reaching 30 on 10 occasions.
Holmes netted 37 points behind 7-of-10 three-point shooting against Molloy (N.Y.) College on Nov. 10 before contributing a similar showing on Feb. 20 with 35 points on a 9-of-14 display from beyond the arc against regionally-ranked Bentley University. He came within one three-pointer of a school record he shares during the Bentley contest. Holmes posted 33 points and nine rebounds while shooting 10-of-10 on free throws versus Post University on Dec. 18, going 5-of-10 from deep, before totaling 32 points versus The College of Saint Rose on Jan. 9, connecting on all 12 free throw tries and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Holmes turned in another 30-point contest at Franklin Pierce University on Feb. 9, going 13-of-14 on free throws and 3-of-5 on threes.