Just over a week after it was reported that San Francisco sophomore guard Avry Holmes would be transferring, it’s been reported that he’s found a new school. According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com Holmes has decided to transfer to Clemson, where he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.
Holmes averaged 12.5 points and 3.1 assists per game in 2013-14 for the Dons, and his addition provides Clemson head coach Brad Brownell with a needed boost on the perimeter. Rod Hall, who started all 36 games at the point last season, will be a senior in 2014-15 and Jordan Roper (13 starts in 35 games played) will be a junior.
Hall averaged 9.7 points and 4.0 assists per game last season, with Roper adding 7.4 points per contest. Clemson will also lose Demarcus Harrison after the 2014-15 season, with Roper and Patrick Rooks (redshirted last season due to injury) among the players who will have eligibility remaining when Holmes becomes available for game action.
Unfortunately for Clemson Holmes won’t be available immediately, as he would help them account for the production lost due to the departure of leading scorer and rebounder K.J. McDaniels (17.1 ppg, 7.1. rpg).
When starting point guard Cody Doolin left the San Francisco program after playing in just four games, there were questions as to what the Dons would do to account for his departure. One played who stepped up was sophomore Avry Holmes, who averaged 12.5 points and 3.1 assists per game and helped San Francisco win 21 games and finish tied for second place in the West Coast Conference.
With that season under his belt it was natural to wonder what Holmes would be able to do as a junior for Rex Walters, but according to Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle we won’t be finding out.
Holmes has decided to transfer, and Walters had an interesting comment in Kroner’s story on the matter.
Walters said Holmes, a Salem, Ore., native who just finished his sophomore season, “wants to try to go to a so-called high-major conference. … I don’t begrudge for it. Obviously, we’d love to have him.”
Holmes’ decision to leave the program means that the Dons will have to account for the loss of their top two scorers from last season, with graduating forward Cole Dickerson being the team’s leading scorer and rebounder. But that doesn’t mean San Francisco will have a bare cupboard, either.
Forwards Kruize Pinkins (12.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Mark Tollefson (10.5, 3.9) will be back, as will guards Tim Derksen and Matt Glover. And while Holmes’ play was a key factor for San Francisco in the aftermath of Doolin’s departure, it should be noted that it was Glover who led the team in assists per game (3.3).
San Francisco also adds a four-member recruiting class, and SMU transfer forward Uche Ofoegbu will be eligible after having to sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules.