LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WKBN) – Fred Holden played basketball at Cardinal Mooney for Ron Stoops in the early-1960s before being recruited by then-assistant coach Joe Dormo at Louisville. Holden played his first two seasons for the Cardinals for the legendary-Peck Hickman, who in 23-years never had a losing season at Louisville. Coach Dormo took over in 1967 as the school’s head basketball coach.
Louisville posted a winning percentage of 73.2% with Holden on the team. The Cardinals won back-to-back Missouri Valley Conference championships in 1967 and in 1968.
Fred scored double-figures and shot better than 75% from the free throw line in each of his three seasons at Louisville.
Holden was on his way to scoring 1,000-points until an injury sidelined him from competing in 6 games during his senior season. Fred finished with 962 points in 75 games (12.8 ppg).
In the 1968 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Holden in the 16th round.
Fred Holden, G/Louisville
Career: 75 games played; 12.8 ppg, 80.5% FT; 47.3% FG
Mar. 17, 1968 (NCAA Tournament) – Cardinals 93 Kansas State 63
Mar. 15, 1968 (NCAA Tournament) – Houston 91 Cardinals 75
Mar. 18, 1967 (NCAA Tournament) – Kansas 70 Cardinals 68
Mar. 17, 1967 (NCAA Tournament) – SMU 83 Cardinals 81
Mar. 12, 1966 (NIT Tournament) – Boston College 96 Cardinals 90 (3 OT)
Countdown to College Basketball
October 30 – Duquense’s success rose with Somerset on the court
October 31 – Holden from Mooney guides Louisville to tournament
November 1 – Farrell’s two-way star drafted by NBA and NFL
November 2 – Harding’s Davis drafted in 1st round of NBA Draft
November 3 – Marin shines at Duke and in the NBA
November 4 – Rayen’s Jones makes name for himself in Mountain State
November 5 – Liberty grad put together solid career at Duke
November 6 – Augustin helps lead Providence back to prominence
November 7 – Potter great goes to Big East; later helps YSU to a 19-win year
November 8 – Boardman’s Dials named Big Ten Player of the Year