This edition of Five Questions & Quick Hitters is with Ava Holman, one of the top 2024 Guards in Minnesota, who plays at Champlin Park High School (MN) & will be rejoining North Tartan and their 2024 EYBL club next spring and summer. Thanks for your time Ava!
1) You recently made the decision to join North Tartan and compete on the EYBL Circuit in 2023. What were some of the factors that went into your decision to join North Tartan as your club program?
I played for NT a couple of years ago and really like the organization. I also love that they compete at the highest level.
2) You do an excellent job promoting yourself on Social Media, and by utilizing YouTube as well. What have you found so far to be some of the advantages by having your name out there and easily accessible via Social Media?
I am not a no brainer player. Meaning I am not 6 feet tall, I am not covered by a lot of local evaluators. If I don't promote myself and believe in my talent and work ethic, I can expect others to. I have found that sharing my journey on social media has helped me connect with a lot of coaches around the country. I am thankful for that.
3) You recently attended Dan Olson's Camp. In my opinion he is the top evaluator in the country. What were some of the things you learned at his camp both on the court and things you can utilize off the court as well?
I loved that camp and have always wanted to go be evaluated by him. The camp was very competitive and I ended up achieving one of the top honors at the camp which I was proud of. I like to leave the Minnesota bubble and compete with the best players around the country and I do that a lot. This camp was a good example of that.
4) You've had the opportunity to attend several Division I camps, including a West Coast trip. What are some of the things you're picking up from the camps, and what are some of the things you'll be looking for in a college?
I have attended elite camps for the past couple of summers and I feel it has opened a lot of doors for me and also relationships. It also helps prepare me for college basketball. We work from 8 in the morning until 10 at night for a lot of the camps. I do believe I have found my targeted dream schools by attending these camps.
5) During your Sophomore year at Champlin Park, you had a strong season but the team couldn't quite get over the top. What are some of the goals you've set for yourself and for the Rebels in your Junior season?
We had a lot of close games last year. I do feel like this year we will be more cohesive. It will really be more of a "we" environment and I am excited for the season based on how summer and fall workouts have been going.
1) Toughest player you've had to defend: Adalia McKenzie
2) Funniest teammate you've played with: Aziaa Simmons
3) Go-to game-day snack: Pancheros
4) Favorite HS gym to play in (besides Champlin): Rogers
5) Favorite place you've visited during club basketball: Run for the Roses--best national tournament
6) Favorite class in school: Multicultural Studies
7) Biggest phobia: Frogs. If you know me, you know this
8) Dream vacation: Beach. I am a west coast person
9) Dream job: Therapist
10) Do you have any pets: Our family breeds french bulldogs so YES