Avry Holmes was a large contributor on a San Francisco Dons team that broke the top three of the WCC for the first time since BYU joined the conference in 2011-2012. A year later, USF will lose that key piece:
Holmes was the starting point guard for the Dons this season, and played exceptionally well in that role. The sophomore from Salem, Ore. averaged 12.5 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds this season and earned all-WCC honorable mention honors. Holmes 31.7 minutes per game ranked first on the team.
Based on the aforementioned statistics, it’s clear that Holmes will be greatly missed by Rex Walters and the Dons. Holmes is now the third USF player on the opening 2013-2014 year roster to depart from the program. The other two are Cody Doolin (transferred to UNLV) and Tao XU (pursuing a professional career overseas).
In the story by Steve Kroner, Rex Walter said that Holmes aspires to play for a high-major team in his final season of eligibility.
Replacing Holmes will be a tall order, but the Dons should still be competitive without him. Walters might call upon one of the current guards on the team – like Chris Adams, Tim Derksen or Corey Hilliard – to take over for Holmes. A dark horse candidate is incoming freshman Frankie Ferrari, who averaged 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in his senior season of high school.