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Archdeacon: Spurned by Marshall, Holden finds home at Wright State

Tanner Holden

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

By Tom Archdeacon

The court he’ll play on tonight is the one he always dreamed he’d be playing on when he was kid.

When Tanner Holden was growing up in Wheelersburg on the banks of the Ohio River, he often went over to the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington W. Va. to watch his beloved Marshall University play basketball.

Holden’s dad, Rodney, had been a basketball star at the school in the 1980s and was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2007.

His mom, Tammy, also went to Marshall. It’s where she and Rodney met and fell in love.

“I went to a lot of games at Marshall,” Holden said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s the closest Division I college team to my home – it’s just about 45 minutes away – and my dad and mom had season tickets being alumni.”

He said he had Thundering Herd T-shirts and other team gear and he remembers when he was youngster being there for his dad’s hall of fame induction.

“That was definitely an awesome thing,” he said. “It’s really cool to see your dad recognized like that by a Division I college."