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Providence basketball: Emmitt Holt ruled out for 2017-18 season with ab injury

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A bummer, but not unexpected news for the Friars.

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The Providence Friars walked into the 2017-18 season without forward Emmitt Holt. Holt, who transferred to Friartown last season, was out for the start of the year with an abdominal injury. That injury has kept him out of action for the first six games, and now, on Wednesday, news broke that Holt will not play again this season.

Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal wrote Wednesday that Holt will not play this season for the Friars. The Friars confirmed the news in a release, also adding that he has taken a leave from the team for this semester.

Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced today (November 29) that senior forward Emmitt Holt (Webster, N.Y.) has taken a personal leave from the team this semester. Holt will return to the team in January. It is expected that Holt will use this season as a red shirt year and will return to the Friar lineup next season.

If there is a silver lining to this news, it’s that he will be using this year as a redshirt year and return next season. The Friars are expected to be pretty dang good again in 2018 with a highly touted recruiting class. Having Holt around for next season will be extremely beneficial, especially because Jalen Lindsey, Rodney Bullock and Kyron Cartwright will all be gone. He will provide a much-needed veteran presence.

This, however, stinks for him obviously as he contributed in spades last season. We wish him the best of luck in his recovery efforts, and hopefully he returns to the court next year with flying colors.