"I really just fell in love with it when I went up there to visit Coach Sendek," Holmes said. "I got to know all the assistants well. I just loved the arena up there it's like the nicest I've ever been in; it's better than some NBA arenas."
Holmes, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic averaged 22 points a game as a sophomore. He had offers from Florida State, Florida, Xavier, Miami, South Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. However, the Pack's situation was right up his alley.
"I really like the playing situation they have there. Also, Coach Sendek has 13 scholarships and they only use 10 of them. All the guys they've got, they're going to be losing a lot of guys at my position."
After defeating East Carolina and opening the season 3-0, the Pack went to work on Holmes. Sendek flew down to Florida Saturday morning and watched Holmes practice. A day later North Carolina State had itself a commitment.
"I just think that I'm a good player. I can really play defense a lot. They've got shooters but I can bring that aggressive defense to them. They've got good scorers but a lot of colleges liked that I can score it too. He didn't guarantee anything but he said that I'll play."
At the adidas Super Star Camp in July, Holmes was selected to participate in the underclassman all-star game. He was also part of John Adkins' Tallahassee Wildcats.