DBH ready to roll with ORU (Basketball)
As a freshman at Oral Roberts University, Hydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter was the first post player off the bench.
Now the 6-foot-9 sophomore eyes a starting job.
The season officially tipped off this week and guys are already going all out at practice in an effort to influence head coach Sean Sutton.
“They’ve been extremely intense because we have so much talent and everyone is trying to compete for time,” Bell-Holter told me. “It’s gonna be tough because coach Sutton said he’s gonna have an 8- or 9-man rotation. I’m working real hard at separating myself from the other bigs.
“I’m playing well and I’ll only keep progressing.”
Bell-Holter, of Ketchikan High fame, started two of 33 games as an NCAA rookie and averaged a respectable 4.6 points and 3.2 points in 15 minutes per game.
He comes into his second college season riding a ton of momentum after raising his averages to 7.7 points and 6 rebounds over the final three games of the regular season, highlighted by an 11-point, six-rebound effort in a Summit League Tournament loss to IUPUI.
But then he was bite by the injury bug, twisting his right ankle a few times over the stretch of a couple weeks.
As a precaution, team doctors fitted him with a protective boot.
It’s all good now.
“I’m pretty much back to 100 percent,” he said.
“I’ve never really had many injuries throughout my career, thank god. But this one won’t really bother me much. I’m just happy the season is kicking off. I’m gonna work hard because I have much to prove.”