On Holden: Senior and fourth-year player who may work his way into a starting role in 2002-03 started 11 games at the start of his junior campaign, and has 14 starts in his career has been a key contributor off the bench in each of the past three seasons player with excellent size who plays a physical role in the interior, and who also steps out and hits the 3-pointer has hit 38-of-84 (45.2 percent) 3-point field goals in his career averages 4.5 points through 98 games of his college career provides the Terps with a dominating inside presence while maintaining mobility enough to score and defend away from the basket has played some of his best games in Maryland's biggest games, including the 2001 West Region final vs. Stanford and the 2002 Final Four semifinal vs. Kansas.
Williams on Holden: "Tahj was very valuable to us last year. Very few teams had a 6-10, 250-pound player coming off the bench. There was no drop-off in our play when he came off the bench. He was like having a sixth starter, and was very important to our success. His play against Kansas certainly was a key factor in our winning that game in the semifinals of the Final Four. When we recruited Tahj, the report was that he was a very good player but that he was kind of soft. To his credit, Tahj has become one of our strongest and toughest players. I can't say enough about him. I never saw as much criticism of a player before he even got a chance to practice by some people, and he just threw it all in their face. He made a big difference in our team as a sophomore when he came back from his broken foot. Without Tahj, we would not have made our first Final Four because his inside defense was key against teams like Stanford."
2001-02: Was solid off the bench while playing in all of 36 games for the national champions came off the bench in the season opener against Arizona, then started 10 of the next 11 games before relinquishing the starting role to Chris Wilcox averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds overall, and 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16 ACC games buried a 3-pointer just before halftime as part of an eight-point effort vs. UConn in the Elite Eight and put forth a valuable 13-point, four-rebound effort against Kansas in the Final Four while playing 24 minutes with Lonny Baxter in foul trouble first double-digit scoring game of the year came with 15 points against UConn in the BB&T Classic final followed that performance with 14 points and a career-high six blocked shots one game later against Detroit posted his third straight double-figure scoring game with 11 points against Monmouth scored 11 of his season-high 16 points in the first half against Norfolk State, shooting 6-of-7 from the field and contributing six rebounds, five blocks and two steals led all reserves with 11 points at Wake Forest and Virginia chipped in five points and six rebounds in 14 minutes vs. Siena in the Terps NCAA first round game.
2000-01: Played in 27 games, averaging 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per contest turned in some of his best performances down the stretch as the Terps boasted one of the deepest and best rebounding teams in the NCAA Tournament averaged 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and shot 52.9 percent from the field during five NCAA Tournament games came off the bench to score 10 points and grab five rebounds in 10 minutes of play against Georgetown in the Sweet Sixteen, then followed with a 14-point effort against Stanford in the NCAA West Region final hit 3-of-4 3-point field goal attempts against the Cardinal to match a career-high, and made 12-of-25 3FGs for the season career-high eight free throws against Stanford had nine points against Virginia in the regular season finale, and posted 10 during just seven minutes of play against Duke in the ACC semifinals season-high 23 minutes against Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29 season-high seven rebounds in 98-96 overtime loss to Duke at Cole Field House played in each of the Terps' final 20 games after missing nine games with a broken bone (fifth metatarsal) in his left foot broke the bone in practice on Dec. 7 and had successful surgery to insert a screw into the foot on Dec. 9 returned for the Wake Forest game where he saw 12 minutes of action, forced a technical foul and immediately commanded a physical presence in the paint.
1999-00: Played in all 35 games and drew three starts as a true freshman averaged 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in over 12 minutes per game one of three Terp freshmen to appear in all 35 contests played 23 minutes in his first career start, vs. Clemson (Jan. 22), while taking the place of injured All-American Terence Morris responded with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 10 rebounds for his only double-double also had five blocked shots included in the 10 boards were five on the offensive end started and played just eight minutes in home win over NC State (Feb. 6) when he picked up three quick fouls started NCAA Tournament win over Iona in place of Danny Miller who missed the game with an ankle injury contributed four points and four rebounds in a season-high 30 minutes season-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 treys, against Wake Forest (Jan. 19) in back-to-back games against Wake and Clemson, scored 29 points with 16 rebounds shot 9-of-13 overall and was good on 3-of-4 3-pointers named ACC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 24 after performances vs. Wake Forest and Clemson averaged 5.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a starter scored nine points in 20 minutes off the bench in the ACC Tournament title game vs. Duke averaged a solid 14 minutes per game during conference action shot 47.4 percent from 3-point range (9-of-19) shot 47.8 percent from the floor, overall, in ACC play 26 blocked shots was third on the team.
High School: Selected all-state by the Associated Press an all-state second-team choice following his senior season by the Gannett newspaper chain all-state fourth team by New Jersey Hoops played in the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association All-Star game following his senior season ranked as the 48th-best prep player entering the collegiate ranks for the 1999-2000 season by the ACC Area Journal and Recruiters Handbook a three-year starter at Red Bank Red Bank was ranked as the top public high school team in the state of New Jersey during his senior season ranked 14th in the final poll of the 1999 season by New Jersey Hoops an All-Shore first-team selection as a senior by the Asbury Park Press named the area high school player of the year by the Asbury Park Press following his senior season scored 1,025 career points to rank in the top 10 in school history averaged 14.6 points on .520 percent field goal shooting to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game scored a season-high 24 points in a Shore Conference Tournament victory over Lakewood scored 24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots against Lakewood in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals hit two pressure-packed free throws with 23 seconds remaining in the Shore Conference championship game to lead Red Bank to a 44-43 victory over Christian Brothers Academy blocked nine shots against Neptune in the tournament quarterfinals averaged 14.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots in leading Red Bank to a 20-9 record as a junior also made 36 3-point shots as a junior named All-Jersey Shore third-team as a junior led Red Bank Regional to the Central Jersey Group III championship game as a junior coached by Steve Johnson shot 13-of-21 (.619) from the field, grabbed 12 rebounds, had seven assists, six steals and five blocked shots to lead his AAU team the Central Jersey Hawks to the championship game of the AAU national tournament and was named AAU All-America first-team ranked as the nations 46th-best prep product entering his senior season by Fastbreak Magazine.
International: Attended USA Basketball Trials in Summer 2001 and was invited to U.S. training camp with Maryland teammates Lonny Baxter and Juan Dixon for competition at the 2001 World University Games he later declined the invitation to rest for upcoming college season helped lead the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow during the summer prior to his senior season at Red Bank.
Personal: Tahj Jarod Holden (first name rhymes with Dodge) born Jan. 17, 1981 son of Debbie Holden president of Maryland's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) a representative on the ACC's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, was voted the vice-president of the league's SAAC in September of his junior year was student council president as a senior at Red Bank High a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Holdens Career Highs Category # Opponent/Date Points ..................17 vs. Wake Forest, 1-19-00 FG ......................6 vs. Norfolk State, 1-3-02 FGA .....................10 vs. Duke, 1-27-01 3FG .....................3 vs. Stanford, 3-24-01 .........................3 vs. Duke, 3-10-01 .........................3 vs. Wake Forest, 1-19-00 3FGA ....................4 vs. Stanford, 3-24-01 FT ......................7 vs. Coastal Carolina, 1-2-00 FTA .....................8 vs. Stanford, 3-24-01 .........................8 vs. Coastal Carolina, 1-2-00 Rebounds ................10 vs. Clemson, 1-22-00 Assists .................5 vs. Georgia Tech, 2-16-00 Blocks ..................6 vs. Detroit, 12-9-01 Steals ..................3 vs. American, 11-17-01 .........................3 vs. Coastal Carolina, 1-2-00 .........................3 vs. Iona, 3-16-00 Minutes .................32 vs. Norfolk State, 1-3-02
Holden's Career Statistics Year GP-GS Min.-Avg. FG-A Pct. 3P-A Pct. FT-A Pct. OR-DR Reb-Avg.PF-D Ast To Blk St Pts.-Avg. 1999-00 35-3 431-12.33 2-74 .432 9-19 .474 43-64 .672 20-49 69-2.0 61-2 34 7 26 18 116-3.3 2000-01 27-0 326-12.1 39-79 .494 12-25 .480 31-51 .608 17-44 61-2.3 50-0 15 21 13 10 121-4.5 2001-02 36-11 665-18.5 62-137 .453 17-40 .425 61-73 .836 32-64 96-2.7 93-1 42 31 34 21 202-5.6 Career 98-14 1422-14.5 133-290.459 38-84 .452 135-188 .718 69-157 226-2.3 204-3 91 59 73 49 439-4.5