Holmes To Visit Saint Louis

Rick Majerus spent much of his first July evaluation period as the coach at Saint Louis University traveling to tournaments to watch the five players who had already committed to play for the Billikens. But one player who grabbed the coach's attention during July was Denver Holmes.

Majerus saw Holmes, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard at Olathe (Ks.) South High School, when he was playing with his KC Pump N Run squad in Shawnee, Kansas over the last weekend of July.

Now, Holmes plans to make an unofficial visit to Saint Louis in the next few days — "I'm supposed to be going down on an unofficial either this week or next week," he said on Wednesday — and counts the Billikens as one of his favorites.

"My top three right now are SLU, Missouri State and Santa Clara," Holmes said. "I'm also interested in Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Evansville."

Holmes does not have scholarship offers from his top three schools, but they could be forthcoming. The shooting guard said his present offers are from Florida Atlantic, Evansville, Indiana State, Arkansas State and Missouri-Kansas City.

"I'm not in a rush to make a decision, but I'd like to make a decision before the season starts," he said.

Saint Louis already has five verbal commitments for the Class of 2008: point guard Kwamain Mitchell, shooting guard Femi John, small forward Brian Conklin, power forward Willie Reed and center Brett Thompson.

The Billikens have extended offers to Washington (Ill.) shooting guard Matt Roth and Evansville (Ind.) shooting guard Kyle Kuric. Both of those players are sorting through several scholarship offers and might not make decisions on their college destinations for a few weeks at the earliest.

SLU could wait to hear from Roth and Kuric before offering Holmes, but the Kansas City area guard fits the kind of player the Billikens are trying to bring in with that sixth scholarship.

Holmes has good size for the position and shoots the ball well from the perimeter and plays on a high-level summer team. Holmes basically backs up Kansas commitment Travis Releford and Division I prospect Marcus Denmon at the two guard spots for KC Pump N Run, though he's made several big shots of his own this summer.

During his junior season, Olathe South's leading scorer was recognized as a Kansas Basketball Coaches Association 6A all-state honorable mention selection, a Kansas-Sports.com's 6A third-team pick and an all-Sunflower League second-team selection.

BillikenReport.com will have more on Holmes after he makes his visit to SLU.

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