Millennium High School (Goodyear) reached the Arizona Class 5A state championship last spring, thanks in large part to the efforts of then-sophomore forward DaRon Holmes II, who has emerged as a top target of the University of Virginia within the past several months.
Holmes, a 6’8.5”, 200-pound junior, received a scholarship offer from Cavalier head coach Tony Bennett in early October. Impressed by the offer and Bennett’s interest in a prospect almost entirely across country, the consensus 4-star prospect decided to take a closer look at UVA. Accompanied by his parents, Holmes made an official visit to Virginia the weekend of November 8-10.
“I did already know a lot about the basketball program. A lot of what the program does as a whole,” Holmes said when asked what he knew about UVA prior to the trip. “I’ve never been out there before, so this was my first time. It was great to be able to see it up close.”
Summarizing his experience, Holmes said: “I can tell everything the basketball program does is effective. It’s a high academic school. The academics and everything on and off the court is great. Coach Bennett is a player’s coach.”
Holmes concluded his official by watching the Hoos defeat James Madison in John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, November 10. He knew about UVA’s defense-first emphasis coming in, but he had positive things to say about UVA’s system as a whole and his potential fit.
“I don’t think the pace is a bad thing at all. They are a smart team and they want to win,” Holmes noted.
“A lot of people who live in Arizona think I wouldn’t really fit there because the way I play is to get up and down the court fast, but me and my coach disagree,” Holmes said. “I’ve seen what [Bennett] did with Klay Thompson and other players. I don’t think it would be a big deal.”
Holmes & Family Impressed With Bennett & Company
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