Turgeon has new plan for Holmes

Aggie Websider continues its series with A&M hoops coach Mark Turgeon in an exclusive interview last week. Turgeon discusses his plans for sophomore guard BJ Holmes, who spent most of last year at point guard behind Donald Sloan.

Last year, B.J. Holmes never seemed to find playing time at point guard behind Donald Sloan, especially as Sloan continued to improve down the stretch, overcoming the death of his mother to lead the Aggies to within a shot of the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

This year, A&M head coach Mark Turgeon says that Sloan will be his point guard to start the season, and he's bringing in Dashan Harris from Florida, who he considers to be a "true point guard" and the future of the Aggies' offense.

But Turgeon is hoping that Holmes can provide more depth on the perimeter this year, taking pressure off of Josh Carter and forcing defenders to spread out, worrying about more than just one shooter.

"We're going to move him to the two (guard) some, and do some different things with B.J.," Turgeon said in an interview with Aggie Websider last week. "We are going to have him score more and have him come off screens. We want to use BJ a little differently instead of having him come up the floor with the ball."

Holmes shot 40 percent from behind the arch last season, shooting 14-of-35 in 29 appearances, but he averaged just six minutes per game.

But Holmes averaged more than 17 points per game and shot 50 percent from behind the arch as a senior in high school, so Turgeon is hopeful he can contribute those kind of numbers as he continues to earn more playing time.

"I think BJ is a weapon and a threat," Turgeon said. "He's just got to get better defensively. That's his biggest weakness."

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