The Sudbury Five wish to congratulate Jarius ‘JR’ Holder on being named the NBLC’s Newcomer of the Year for the 2019-20 season.

Holder, who was a unanimous top selection amongst coaches for the award finished with a scoring average of 19.7 points per game on 49.5 FG% Prior to joining the Sudbury Five, the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year played internationally with the British Basketball League for two seasons. He began the year as a reliable player off the bench for Sudbury however his role changed at the mid-way point of the season and he was moved into the starting lineup.

Holder ranked fourth overall in the league in three point percentage and was top ten in minutes played and points.

Here’s what Sudbury Five head coach Logan Stutz had to say, “JR is a pro through and through. He came in ready work and with a chip in his shoulder. The guy can flat out play. I think the league was a little shocked when they saw how good he actually was. He is very deserving of this award”.

Holder on winning the award:

“I appreciate the honor & recognition from the league with respects to winning newcomer of the year. The season didn’t end as planned for any of us, but I am thankful for being able to go out there & play in front of the best fans in Canada. I couldn’t have done this without my teammates, coaches & all the trainers & staff that put in work with us behind the scenes. Thank you again & GO FIVE!”

This is the second consecutive season that a Sudbury Five player has received the award. Jaylen Bland was named Newcomer of the Year for 2018-19 season.