Former CSU Cougar alum David Holston named 2019 French Basketball League MVP

By Joseph Phillips

Packaged as a 5-foot-8 pint point guard with a blast and a killer crossover that leaves the competition punching drunk, former Chicago State Cougar ex-David Holston is a stick of dynamite when he it’s all about blasting defenders to the floor.

The former Cougar has been named the French Ligue LNB Pro A Most Valuable Player this season.

Good at evading small traps and the immense pressure of defences, Holston (who is undersized) has the uncanny ability to shoot at a moment’s notice.

This skill set has helped the former Chicago State University alum succeed at the high school, college and professional level as the 2019 Most Valuable Player for the French Ligue LNB Pro A.

During his MVP campaign, Holston led his team in points per game at 14.2 and assists at 7.2 per game.

That may be enough to land him a spot in a future NBA franchise one day.

Holston ended his college career as a Division I leader and scored three points per game averaging 4.6 threes per game.

That season, he posted 11 games of 30 or more points, including a season-high 41 points against Utah Valley and a career-best 14 assists against Houston Baptist University.

The Pontiac, MI native had a career-high 42% from the three-point arc while leading CSU to its best record in two decades at 19-13 in 2009. After finishing his senior campaign as a The Cougars’ all-time leading scorer and being named to the National Basketball Coaches Association’s district team, he eyes even more success in the near future.

the crusader caught up with Holston for a little one-on-one.

CC: Who or what inspired you to play basketball?

DH: My grandmother. She used to put two socks together and make a basketball rim out of a hanger when I was a little kid. I quickly moved on to plastic toy hoops, then, at age 7, to a 10-foot rim in the driveway of my parents’ house.

CC: Do you have any nicknames or nicknames that you might use or have been given to you as a player?

DH: My family calls me Munch, and Chicago State announcer Brian Snow of ISNET media gave me the nickname Money.

CC: How do you react when people compare you to little NBA greats like Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Michael Adams, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues and Earl Boykins, who were in league terms, vertically challenged?

DH: I think it’s an honor because each of these players has been successful in their playing careers and all of them have been successful at the professional level.

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Joseph Phillips

joseph Phillips is the sports editor for the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].



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Joseph Phillips is the sports editor of the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.


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