Holmes hits SMU for 3rd time

After his third trip to the Hilltop, Antonian Prep forward Jonathan Holmes is liking the Mustangs more and more. Is he ready to commit? He talks with PonyStampede.com about the recruiting process, his season, and his most recent visit to SMU. Come inside for the details.

All good things must come to an end. It's what Antonian Prep forward Jonathan Holmes learned this weekend. The junior was able to take in SMU's game vs Houston, but it was because his high school team lost in the state finals to Prestonwood Christian, 70-50 on Friday night.

PonyStampede.com first introduced fans to Holmes back in August, after he attended the SMU elite camp. As a sophomore, he was a 1st Team TAPPS All State 5A selection and a nominee to the USA Junior National team. He got better his junior year.

Holmes saw increase in scoring by closely seven points a game (25 ppg.), while he moved his rebounding average to over double figures at eleven a game.

"I felt like it was pretty consistent season for me. I feel that my outside shooting really came along," said Holmes to PonyStampede.com.

This was Holmes third trip to the Hilltop. The more times he visits, the more the SMU coaching staff gets an impression they have a major chance to land the offeree.

"I like that they won. After the game, I went into the locker room and chilled with the players and coaches. It was pretty cool. I liked the atmosphere there a lot," said Holmes. "The coaches have been telling me that I could step in and make a immediate impact...I think they will be there until the very end. I like them a lot. I have been to the campus three times and every time I go, I like it more."

At 6'7, 225 pounds, Holmes describes himself as a small forward that can play power forward. He likes to drive to the hoop and his outside shot is getting better.

"My biggest strength is getting to the hole. I get there pretty easily," stated Holmes. "I'm pretty long and guys have a hard time covering me to the rack."

Besides for his offer from SMU, Middle Tennessee, Indiana State, and Weber State have all extended scholarships. He is also hearing from Providence, Texas Tech, Witcha State, and Nebraska as of late.

"Obviously I want to win. I want a team where the players are close. I want to be able to talk to the coaches about anything, other than just basketball," Holmes said.

Playing on the San Antonio Ro-Hawks AAU team last summer, Holmes averaged nearly 20 points per game and pulled down nine rebounds.

Holmes has told Scout.com that he is wide open now and would like to make a decision before the start of next season. With basketball over now, he is excited to focus on recruiting. His parents will have a major impact in the say of where he goes. He wants them to be comfortable with his decision.

PonyStampede.com will have an update on Jonathan Holmes in the coming months.

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