Game in and game out 2015 Chesnee guard Deion Holmes brought his "A game" and powered his team last season. He did so to the tune of 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 assists per game en route to winning the State AA Player Of The Year award. This off season Holmes kept working at his craft and ran with a new AAU team. That work has paid dividends with 5 scholarship offers and quite a few new schools showing strong interest. We caught up with Holmes on Wednesday because he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
Holmes switched things up and ran with Garner Road Elite AAU program this off season and he talked about how things evolved with the team based out of North Carolina.
"It was good. It was a good run for us and I got a whole lot more exposure."
That exposure as we stated earlier has landed Holmes quite a few offers and he recalled them for us as well as others who are now showing strong interest. At 6'3 175 pounds with long arms and good speed Holmes can light it up in a hurry. That ability paired with a clear effort to work on other aspects to help round his game out should help immensely if he can show coaches he's capable of playing both backcourt positions in a pinch if needed.
"I've got offers from Winthrop, USC Upstate, UNC-Asheville, Gardner-Webb, and Western Carolina right now."
"I'm also hearing from Wofford, Elon, High Point, Charleston Southern, and others."
Another nearby school is one that Holmes says he would like to hear more from this year.
"I heard from Clemson a little maybe a year ago. I would love to hear more from them and I'm really hoping they will contact me soon."
Out of all the schools currently involved Holmes says that Winthrop is recruiting him the hardest. Given his penchant for scoring expect his name to blip on the radar even further this season if he can replicate or better his performance from his junior season. He talked with us about the goals he's set forth heading into his senior year with Chesnee.
As of right now Holmes says he thinks he will make visits to both Gardner-Webb and Winthrop this season. More visits are possible as he'll wait to see what other new schools become involved and offer him.
"My goals for the team would be to win the region and win a state championship. As far as personal goals go I would like to achieve the Mr. Basketball Award for the state."
Holmes talked about where the strengths of his game are currently and what he tried to focus on this off season to try and get better for his last year at Chesnee in hopes of enticing more college coaches to offer.
"I think my biggest strengths right now are my ability to get to the basket, running the floor, and my jump shot."
"I tried to get better being able to create for other teammates, finishing stronger in the lane, and getting in the passing lanes for more steals."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Deion Holmes as he will be evaluated by more college coaches this coming season and don't be surprised to see him double his number of offers at some point into the season. Keep it right here for more updates with the state's top high school basketball and football prospects!
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