Posted On: 09/19/19 10:07 AM
Fresh off of an outstanding final season playing AAU basketball, Algona’s Abbey Holmes is looking to make her mark on the record books. Holmes is a small guard but she makes up for her size with smarts and scoring ability. Standing at 5’6, Holmes is ranked as the #37 prospect in Iowa’s 2020 class. She is one of the top unsigned players remaining in the class and is seeing her share of small college offers and interest roll in. For her size, Holmes is a really avid on-ball defender who can generate a ton of steals and easy baskets at the other end for her team.
Holmes showed a lot over the summer and really improved her game. I thought that from this past winter she got more athletic and her shot became close to automatic in stretches. Her leadership on the floor also improved and my the end of the summer you could tell that she enjoyed being a leader on the floor. This is a key aspect of her game because of how all her teammates rally around her. Holmes has some really solid intangibles and even if she doesn’t contribute her freshman season to a college program they will really enjoy having her around.
This upcoming year for Algona should be a solid one and Holmes is right there among a very strong senior group. She is ready to try and lead the team to the state tournament and make some noise. I was able to talk with Holmes about her game, goals, and her recruiting.
What do you think the strengths of your game are?
I think my strengths are definitely being able to see the court and my open teammates but also being able to knock down shots. Being able to talk to my teammates and just being a person there for them.
How did you think that AAU went this summer for you?
I loved playing on my AAU team this summer, I had great teammates and I think the season went amazing because of how well we all played together.
What are you continually working on within your game?
I continue to work on my game daily, so getting in the gym shooting and working on shots off movements and contested shots and of course ball handling.
What are your goals, both for Algona and individually, for this upcoming season?
My goals for this upcoming season is definitely to take Algona to state. We’ve had a pretty strong team with my grade and we are returning a lot, but individually I would like to become more vocal on the court and also to break the scoring record at Algona.
How has your recruiting gone thus far?
Recruiting has gone pretty great so far and I’ve taken some visits, but I am still undecided on my future home.