USF's Holmes seeks fresh start at Santa Fe
Former St. Pete Catholic and USF basketball player Aaron Holmes, one of six Bulls to be granted a release in the past year, is transferring to Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.
"He's looking for a fresh start, and we're excited to have him," said SFCC coach Chris Mowry, whose team has won its conference in each of the last two seasons. "I hope he can have a pretty big (role) for us, can be a player who can score in double figures. Obviously he's had a tough two years for his college experience."
Holmes signed with Florida State out of St. Pete Catholic, but transferred to USF after one semester, sitting out a year as required by NCAA rules. He had a promising start with the Bulls, totaling 33 points in back-to-back nonconference games, but never found a role in Big East play under coach Stan Heath. Holmes totaled just 30 points in 18 conference games, playing one minute or less in eight of the last nine games.
"He didn't get to play a lot, and Aaron felt like he wasn't part of their future plans, although I don't think that was ever expressed to him by the coaches there," Mowry said.
Holmes could not be reached for comment. None of the Bulls leaving Heath's program have gone to major-conference programs; forward Zaronn Cann played at Division II Eckerd this past season, and guard Dante Curry transferred in December to Georgia State. Guard Solomon Bozeman signed with Arkansas-Little Rock and will sit out next season, with two years of eligibility remaining. Forwards Amu Saaka and Orane Chin were also granted releases after the 2007-08 season.
Had Holmes transferred to another Division I program, he would have needed to sit out another season, but the junior college route allows him to play this season, earn an associate of arts degree and transfer back to a Division I program with two years of eligibility remaining.