August 06, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. – J.R. Holden, a 1998 Bucknell graduate and star basketball player, will be playing for Team Russia at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

A two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection at the Division I level, Holden is one of the top stars in European basketball, where he led the powerful CSKA Moscow team to the 2006 Euroleague title.

As a naturalized Russian citizen, he nailed the game-winning jumper to give Russia the Eurobasket 2007 championship and a berth in the Olympics.

First game Saturday
Russia will compete in Group A at the Olympics (the U.S. is in Group B), and its first game in pool play will be at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, Aug. 9, against Iran. Visit the link below for the full schedule of Russia's games.

Holden is Bucknell's fourth Olympian, joining Dave Morley, who swam for his native Bahamas in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles; Cindy Ryder Matthes '88, who competed for Team USA in rowing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona; and rower Brett Wilkinson '98, a member of Team USA at the 2004 Games in Athens.

Flannery to join Holden
Holden has invited former Bison coach Pat Flannery to be his guest in Beijing for the Olympics.

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