Aaron Holmes, a 6'4 SG/SF from St. Petersburg, Florida, averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore and is known as a terrific scorer. He was named conference and region player of the year, and starred this summer for the Tallahassee Wildcats on the AAU circuit.
Maryland, North Carolina State, Florida State, Xavier and Georgia are the schools recruiting him the hardest, and he visited Xavier unofficially last weekend.
NC State, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech have reportedly extended scholarship offers, with Maryland, Connecticut, Memphis, Alabama, and Florida expressing heavy interest.
"I really don't have a leader right now," Holmes recently told Dave Telep. "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 arrives in Raleigh today for his unofficial visit, and he'll stay through tomorrow afternoon. He will also be in attendance for the majority of the Georgia Tech football game.
Holmes appears to be very interested in the Wolfpack and is further along in the recruiting process than most rising juniors. He could be ready to make a decision in the near future, and this unofficial visit is critical to NC State's chances.
"I've just been working on my game. 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." -- Aaron Holmes
Scott Reynolds, a 6'0 PG from Herndon, Virginia, also may be closing in on a decision. Reynolds averaged 22.5 points as a sophomore, shooting 53% from the field and 47% from the 3 point line on the season.
Reynolds (right) is a prolific scorer who also has outstanding leadership qualities. He burst on the scene at the legendary ABCD camp in Teaneck New Jersey in July. Playing primarily at the point guard position, his efforts earned him a spot on the underclassmen All-Star team. Reynolds finished in the top 10 in camp in scoring (14.3), led all underclassmen in that category, shot over 60% from the field and over 50% from behind the arc.
Reynolds already has offers from Michigan, Oklahoma, NC State, and Maryland, with Florida, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Louisville and Illinois expressing heavy interest.
Maryland is likely on the outside looking in after landing a commitment from Eric Hayes, and Reynolds has already taken unofficial visits to Oklahoma and Michigan. It appears he's the #1 priority at point guard for all three programs with each hoping he makes a decision very soon.
"I see him as a GUARD. If some coach tries to pigeon-hole him into a position, they're making a huge mistake. He's a point guard. At ABCD that's all he played. But Scottie is not a point guard that is going to bring the ball down, hold up one finger, pass it, and never get the ball back. If you're looking for someone just to be a traffic cop, then he's not your person. That's taking away what he does best. That one of the big decisions for Scottie…and I'm trying to help guide him on this…he has to go into the right system. That's very important to us because he is probably the best shooter in the country."
"There's no question that he's a leader…not just on the court but more so off the court. I'll give you a little example. We go off campus for our strength training. We start that the first week of school. I come to school a week before the kids. Scottie thought that we were going to start the training the week I got in, while I had planned for it to start the week the kids came back. So I get a call from my strength coach and he says, 'hey Gary, there are 30 kids here ready to start today. What should I do with them?' Scottie had called all the kids, got them all together, and had them lifting a week ahead of time…and I didn't even know about it! That's just the way he is. He calls the kids. He takes care of the younger kids. He's the greatest assistant coach you could have." -- Herndon Head Coach Gary Hall
With both prospects possibly making early decisions, Pack Pride will have updates with Reynolds and Holmes following their unofficial visits to NC State, so stay tuned!