Holmes Talks 'Horns

Holmes Talks 'Horns

When Jonathan Holmes watched the Longhorns play this year, it wasn't hard to visualize his future with the team.

The San Antonian Prep product and Texas signee had a perfect view of what the Longhorns wanted from him.

"The coaches told me that they saw me as a four who could play like a three," Holmes said.

That's precisely the role filled by undersized Gary Johnson this year. When watching Holmes, it isn't hard to see how he'll fit into the same role. Both have excellent jumpers, and Holmes is capable of taking players off the dribble. He's a bit longer, at 6-foot-8, though he doesn't quite have Johnson's bulk yet.

The comparison wasn't lost on Holmes.

"When I watched (Johnson), I just visualized myself out there," Holmes said. "I want to do, and can do, a lot of the same things that he did."

His versatile talent made Holmes a no-brainer target for the Longhorn staff, which was looking for a big man to replace Johnson following the senior's graduation. Texas won Holmes over rival Texas A&M, and in doing so, landed a player who led his team to a 24-11 record while scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds per game. His team lost in the first round of the playoffs.

"I think our season went all right," Holmes said. "We did pretty well, for the circumstances. I could have played better in some games, but it was a successful year."

Holmes also tuned in Sunday and saw the 'Horns fall to Arizona in the NCAA Tournament.

"It wasn't their best game of the year," Holmes said. "But they still had a chance to win it at the end." Next year, Holmes plans on helping the Longhorns dance longer. He's working out with a trainer to get stronger, and has already pushed his weight to 236 pounds, up from a thin 220 earlier this year.

"I'm still trying to work on my mid-range game and my ball-handling," Holmes said. "I'm working on everything, but those are my main focuses right now."

Holmes, who said he talks with fellow signees Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan on a semi-regular basis, said he's proud of being a member of a Scout.com top-five recruiting class, one that he thinks will help the Longhorns win at a high level in his freshman year.

"Seeing how well we played this year, and they could easily have done better than they did, I feel like we can go pretty far next year," Holmes said. "I really do."

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