By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff
Former Boston University men's basketball standouts John Holland and Carlos Strong are reuniting after a year apart, albeit on a different stage in an entirely different venue.
Holland and Strong are two of 40 players that are training in a mini-camp for the Puerto Rico national basketball team. Puerto Rico will be participating in the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina from August 30 to September 11 and will work to qualify for one of two available spots in the 2012 Olympics.
The 40 players invited to camp will be narrowed down to a 12-man roster by head coach Flor Melendez, who replaced former BU and current University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino after Pitino opted not to continue with his duties as the team's coach. Holland and Strong will work to make a roster that is likely to feature such NBA players as Jose Juan Barea and Carlos Arroyo.
Holland finished his BU career by averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game en route to capturing the America East Conference's Player of the Year award. He culminated his BU career, one in which he became the program's second player to score over 2,000 points, by leading the Terriers to an AE Tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Strong concluded a, appropriately enough, strong collegiate career as he averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from 3-point range his senior season, a season in which he helped lead BU to the semifinals of the 2010 College Basketball Invitational.