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Former Mustang Holt signs with UGA hoops

The winding road that is Amber Holt's college basketball career has found its way to an ideal location.

Three years after finishing her high school career at Meadowcreek, Holt signed a scholarship with the University of Georgia, which announced the signing on Wednesday.

Holt signed with Western Kentucky as a high school senior, but left the school after redshirting her first season. She then played the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 seasons at Southeastern Illinois College, earning two-time All-American honors at the junior college.

"I'm not surprised that (Holt) signed with a program like Georgia," said Michael Ireland, Holt's coach at Meadowcreek. "Amber was as good as any of the players at Georgia right now when we played them in high school. She was as good in high school as Janese Hardrick, Sherill Baker, even Tasha Humphrey. Amber's on that level.

"So I'm not surprised. I knew she was an SEC level player."

Holt, a versatile 6-foot player, led Meadowcreek to its best seasons ever in girls basketball. The Mustangs reached the state championship game her junior season before losing to Collins Hill.

In her final two seasons, Meadowcreek had a 44-13 record.

"We're excited about Amber because of the wide range of abilities that she brings to the table," Georgia women's coach Andy Landers said. "A post player in high school and a point guard in junior college, she really has the ability to play any position from 1 to 4. Probably the most impressive thing about Amber is her competitiveness. She has a warrior-like mentality."

As a Southeastern Illinois freshman, she averaged 20.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.6 steals, ranking ninth nationally in scoring and rebounding. She averaged 20.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.0 steals for a 33-3 team this past season, earning first-team All-American honors.

Her team finished fifth in the nation this past season.

"It's my feeling that (Holt's) not only the best player in the country, and I've seen the players people think are the best, she's one of the best players in the country at every position," Southern Illinois coach Greg Franklin said. "You could put Amber at the 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, and she's one of the one or two best players in the country at each of those positions."