San Francisco guard transferring to Clemson

May 6, 2014 

Avry Holmes, a 6-3 point guard, is transferring to Clemson after playing the past two seasons at San Francisco. Holmes arrived at Clemson on Saturday night for an official visit and signed Monday before flying back to the West Coast.

Holmes said Clemson coach Brad Brownell moved quickly once the word of his transfer plans got out.

“They were the only ones moving fast,” Holmes said of Clemson. “I just came on a visit, and the situation he told me about is good. I have a good chance of becoming the starting point guard.”

Holmes also likes what he’s learned about Brownell and his style of basketball.

“He called me once or twice and got to know me, and I came here and he’s a good dude,” Holmes said. “He’s straightforward. He’s a good guy. He lets his guys play when he trusts them. I love that.”

Holmes is a native of Salem, Ore., and was first-team 6A All State as a senior. Last season, he helped lead the Dons to the NIT, starting 33 games and averaging 12.5 points per game.

But Holmes said things eren’t feeling right for him in the program, and he felt it was time to move on.

“I got along with the coach but I did not like how he did some things,” Holmes said. “The person that recruited me had to leave for some reason after my freshman year, so it was hard being happy there. And I’m starting a new journey and I feel like I can play at a high level. The chance to play in the ACC is a good opportunity to show people what I can do. Just another kid’s dream trying to make it.”

As for his style of play, Holmes describes himself as a tough point guard. “Strong and physical guard,” Holmes said. “I can shoot the ball well. I like to get my team involved, a good facilitator. I’m getting real good at finishing at the rim.”

Holmes will sit out this season, something he said he will benefit from, and he’ll have two years to play with the Tigers.

– Phil Kornblut

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