DBH thankful to be home for holidays [Basketball]

November 21, 2012
Damen Bell-Holter

It’s not every year that Alaska’s Damen Bell-Holter gets to spend Thanksgiving with his family, but this year is special.

This year he is playing in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Bell-Holter is back in The Last Frontier with the Oral Roberts University men’s basketball team, which tips off Thanksgiving night against Loyola Marymount.

“I’m extremely excited and hope to get good support from my fellow Alaskans,” he told me. “I’m looking forward to seeing friends and having the chance to play in front of Anchorage people because I never have got to in high school, so it’s a great opportunity.”

Originally from Hydaburg, the 6-foot-9 Bell-Holter later transferred to Ketchikan High School where he became a two-time first team all-state selection in 2007 and 2008.

He’s probably the best Alaska player you’ve never seen play in person.

Now in college, Bell-Holter has emerged as one of the best big men to come out of the state.

In 100 career games, the senior center has scored 868 points and grabbed 573 rebounds. He has 12 double-doubles, including one in his last game, an 11-point, 11-rebound performance in a win over Pacific.

While in Anchorage he hopes there is time to show his teammates a good time off the court.

“We’re hoping to go dog sledding and sightsee. I’ll be hanging out with my family and friends, too,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to play in the Shootout because it’ll be on CBS Sports along with the fact that I’m gonna have a great fan base up there. I don’t get to spend time with family on the holidays so this is going to be really cool.”