2006 Focus: Aaron Holmes

He's one of the guys you are going to hear a lot about this coming season. Aaron Holmes out of Florida is looking to put his mark on the Class of 2006.

Multiple college coaches went into St. Petersburg (Fla.) St. Pete Catholic's gym this fall and it seemed like each one of them came away impressed. After the closing the summer of 2004 strong, 6-foot-4 wing Aaron Holmes went to work on enhancing his high-major credentials.

"I've just been working on my game," Holmes said. "I got a lot stronger and I know I just got a lot quicker. I had some coaches come watch me and I received like 9 scholarships."

Holmes, who is very cognizant of the guys with bigger reputations, wants to join that elite group of wings and hear himself in the same sentence with players like Wayne Ellington and Deaquan Cook.

"I saw a lot of guys who were supposed to be better than me [this summer]. My goal is to be one of the Top 30 guys this summer." In reality, Holmes played on a stacked Tallahassee Wildcats bunch and didn't get a ton of minutes but did close the summer strong with performances in Los Angeles in late July.

To make his move up the charts, Holmes knows it starts on the defensive end, shutting guys down. "I just take it that if I'm playing Deaquan Cook I have to shut him down. I don't want him to score any points on me."

Since September, Holmes has seen numerous programs pick up the intensity level in his recruitment. For instance, he cites Maryland, North Carolina State, Florida State, Xavier and Georgia as the schools recruiting him the hardest.

Holmes feels like the Pack, Bulldogs, Seminoles, Miami, Tennessee and Georgia Tech either has offered or is ready to offer. Maryland, Connecticut, Memphis and Alabama are showing interest as well.Florida is also in the mix.

Maryland is likely to receive an unofficial visit in the near future and he'll travel to N.C. State the first weekend in November.

"I really don't have a leader right now. I'm just trying to find out more about each program and see the plan for me. I want to come in and play. I know nothing is going to be given to me and I have to earn everything but I want to make an impact when I come."

Holmes, whose reputation is as a shooter, averaged 22 points a game as a sophomore last year.


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