Doug Edert's mustache aside, Shaheen Holloway has been the face of the magical run that has his Saint Peter's Peacocks advancing to March Madness' Elite Eight. But once upon a time the coach was a darn good player, one who even outplayed Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant at least for one game.
Before calling the shots at Saint Peter's, Shaheen Holloway was a highly touted recruit from a small high school in New Jersey where he averaged 22.5 points, 9.1 assists and 5.8 steals as a senior which led him to be named as a McDonald's All-American and play in the 1996 game.
Holloway played alongside several future NBA players such as Rip Hamilton, Jermaine O'Neal, Tim Thomas, Stephen Jackson, fellow top point guard recruit Mike Bibby, and of course Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
St. Peter’s Head Coach Shaheen Holloway won MVP in the 1996 McDonald's All-American Game
One of his teammates? Kobe Bryant 🙌 pic.twitter.com/buzSRFHejV
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Holloway was the standout of that contest, finishing with seven points, eight assists and six steals and being named the MVP of the game. Kobe Bryant wasn't too shabby in that game, either. The future Lakers star poured in 13 points and three assists alongside the future Saint Peter's head coach.
Amazingly, Saint Peter's is the first New Jersey team to make the Sweet 16 since Seton Hall back in the year 2000. That team was led by none other than Shaheen Holloway himself, who led the team in minutes and assists per game while being second in scoring.