December 11, 2009

Holmes, Aggies know UNM a legit threat

When No. 16 Texas A&M travels to Houston Saturday to face undefeated New Mexico at the Toyota Center at 5 p.m., many Aggie fans might wonder just who exactly are the Lobos and how did they get to this point in the season.

One Aggie, however, already knows.

A&M junior guard B.J. Holmes has shared the court with many of the Lobos, including two of their top scorers in junior Darington Hobson and sophomore Phillip McDonald. Holmes played his high school basketball in Houston as well as AAU ball for T-Mac All-Stars. New Mexico (9-0) is loaded with H-Town talent and former T-Mac players.

"We haven't watched any film or nothing yet, but I played with like six of them and saw a couple of them play from the Houston area," Holmes said. "They're good players. They recruit out of this state so I think that says a lot about the players. Darington Hobson and Phillip McDonald and some of these starters that they have, I think we match up pretty good with them."

Holmes played with McDonald, freshman guard Jamal Fenton and sophomore forward A.J. Hardeman during his time with T-Mac All-Stars. Harrington and Holmes shared the court together at Alief Hastings High School for part of Hobson's career, which saw him play at numerous schools in the Houston area and around the nation.

And through his experiences with each of these UNM players, Holmes knows that A&M (8-1) is in for a fight on Saturday.

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