Jai Lucas is not the only top 2007 point guard prospect in Houston, Texas. B.J. Holmes, from Hastings High School is pushing Lucas for supremacy as the top sophomore point guard in the talent laden city as he is having a very strong year for his 27-6 team. And a large number of schools have watched the 6-foot, 160-pound Holmes play this year.
"B.J. is getting a lot of interest from Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Georgia Tech, Houston, SMU and Nevada," said Holmes' AAU coach Marlon Lowe of the Team Houston club. "As far as I know every school except for Illinois and florida has been out to see him."
Although Holmes is averaging 18 points and 6.5 assists per game and has all the skills of a great point guard, it is an intangible quality that is most impressive.
"People are amazed at how composed B.J. is for a sophomore," said Lowe. "He makes the right pass at the right time and can score when he needs to.
Extremely quick with and without the ball, Holmes is so dangerous because he can shoot the ball proficiently as well.
"B.J. is super quick, but you can't lay off him because he shoots the ball so well," said Lowe. "He is also a great defender. He has some of the best lateral foot movement you will see."
A consummate gym rat who is known to workout twice a day in the off season, Holmes will focus on gaining strength once the season is over.