Guilford duo make D1 college debuts

Jack Holmstrom of Monmouth University

Two players who helped lift Guilford from the bottom of the NIC-10 in basketball have made their NCAA Division I debuts this month.

One was expected. The other a bit of a surprise.

On Tuesday, Monmouth University of New Jersey finally got its season underway, losing to Hofstra, 96-88. Guilford’s Jack Holmstrom got three minutes of playing time.

Holmstrom was Guilford’s second leading scorer in an injury-filled senior year, averaging 11.6 points per game. The Hawks are convering the 6-5, 200-pounder into a shooting guard.

On Dec. 2, Nik Stadleman, Guilford’s point guard last year, made his debut for Illinois State. Stadleman only averaged 5 points and 2 rebounds for the Vikings, but he felt he had D1 ability and reached out to coaches across the state. His initiative was one of the reasons ISU coach Dan Muller offered him a preferred walk-on spot on the roster. The Register Star documented his efforts after his debut.

Holmstrom, Stadelman and Tyler Knuth, who is playing basketball at Augustana College, were three freshman brought up to varsity in the middle of a 3-24 season for Guilford. Two years later, the trio led Guilford to an 18-14 record, the school’s first winning season since 2006-2007.

Stadelman and Holmstrom are the only former NIC-10 players on NCAA Division 1 rosters this season.

Posted on 12.18.20