December 4, 2008

Pint-sized shooting guard out of slump

Texas A&M sophomore guard B.J. Holmes had a tough first season, especially on the defensive end. But after a change to shooting guard form point guard, the 5-foot-10 guard from Alief Hastings is starting to make a name for himself with his shooting and his much improved defense.

But in the locker room, Holmes is still the guy that always seems to lift up his teammates with jokes. The fact that he is under 6-foot, despite that being his official listing, is definitely not lost on his teammates, prompting junior guard Donald Sloan to joke to the media that Holmes stands at just 5-foot-2.

"He's the guy everybody always picks on because he's so small and he's always trying to dunk thinking he can do all kinds of stuff. He's just a fun guy that we can joke around with him because he can joke around back," said A&M senior small forward Josh Carter. "B.J. always has something to say and is always trying to get people to laugh. He's kind of like the team clown and always saying something funny."

On the court, however, Holmes has quickly become an integral part of the Aggie offense. A&M head coach Mark Turgeon has the utmost confidence in Holmes' shooting even after he started the season on an 0-12 streak from the field and a 0-8 streak from beyond the 3-point arc. Through A&M's first three games, Holmes connected on just one-of-15 shots and one-of-nine 3-point attempts.

In the last three games, Holmes has found his shot and has hit 50-percent of his shots from the field (11-22) and 57.1-percent of his 3-point attempts (8-14). He's averaged 11.67 points over the last three games and three assists while giving up just one turnover combined.

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