Holmes coming on strong

Baltimore St. Frances Academy (33-4) came up short in the finals of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational, but junior guard Dante Holmes continued his strong play.
Coming off a 34 point effort in a semifinals win over Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha High School, Holmes, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard, again led his team in scoring with 18 points in the final.
Holmes, however, is more than just a scorer.
"Dante is a combo guard who everything," said St. Francis assistant coach Carlos Green. "He rebounds well for his size. He's a streaky shooter who can also slash to the basket. And he always plays the other team's best player up to 6'6."
As for his recruitment, Providence and Temple, who have been recruiting Holmes the hardest, are at the top of his list. Miami has been tracking him since watching him play in last summer's Peach Jam Event. West Virginia was heavily involved prior to the commitment of 2010 prospect Bryon Allen. And George Mason and Virginia Tech have just recently called on Holmes.
Holmes, who is averaging 16.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, five assists and three steals per game, has yet to decide who he will play for on the travel circuit. Coaches and fans, however, will have an opportunity to watch him play on television when St. Francis takes on Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's High School April 3 in the National High School Invitational.