Posted On: 10/17/18 5:49 PM

As a young sophomore Marshall Holland was just barely a JV player, and now as a senior Holland is thinking college hoops and state tournament. 

The 6-foot-5 Holland scored 12.4 points a game as a junior for a 12-win team in 2017-18 and his goals for the 2018-19 season are big. 

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with people I have been playing with my whole life,” Marshall said. 

“We are trying to do something great for Coon Rapids. Coon Rapids has not made it to state since 1982 and my one goal is to change that this year and make Coon Rapids something people are proud to represent.”

Holland played minutes off the bench as a sophomore scoring twice a game.  This was after Marshall was one of the last additions to the JV team as a tenth grader. 

“I was told by coach my sophomore year that I was the last pick on JV and then within a month I was playing good minutes on varsity,” Marshall said. 

“I was pretty small my sophomore year so they thought that I wouldn’t be physical enough to play but I proved myself everyday in practice that I could compete with anyone.  When I finally got my chance on varsity I took advantage of it and just started scoring and being a main shooter for the varsity squad.”

Last year Holland was the second most consistent player on his team taking another big step forward as a player. 

“I was a captain my junior year,” Marshall said.  “I was a main scoring option, all conference honorable mention.  My top moment was scoring 17 against Andover in the playoffs and beat them by two to advance to the next round.”

Now Holland has his senior season in mind.  A year he has been looking forward to his entire life. 

“I want to stay focused on my goal of state everyday.  Try hard in practice in every drill to be as prepared as I can be in every game.”

The work ethic if Marshall Holland has local college programs calling often as well. 

“I’m hearing from UNW, Hamline, River falls, St Mary’s, Gustavus, Edgewood, and Lakeland,” Marshall said.