Former Basha High School 6-foot-3, 175-pound senior guard Kyndahl Holmes has decided to finish his high school career at Chandler HS. After spending his junior season at Basha HS where he was seldom utilized by the program, Holmes has decided to finish his senior season at Chandler where he will play for head coach Mike Ellsworth.
While many of the top-rated prospects in Arizona's 2013 class are household names among basketball enthusiasts in the state, Holmes is a rather unknown prospect. Holmes is among the most athletically gifted prospects in the class, but has yet to fulfill his ability during the high school season. This year looks to be the year that Holmes will rise to the occassion.
Last season, Holmes was in a reserve role on a very loaded Basha HS team. After the resignation of former head coach Brad Pinter, Holmes decided to make the move to Chandler HS.
This season, Holmes will look to thrive in the fast-breaking style of an Ellsworth team. I expect Holmes to make a dramatic improvement in his individual production in his senor season, and become one of the state's most productive and improved prospects.
I caught a recent glimpse of Holmes while he was competing in a tournament held at Inspire Courts in Chandler, and came away very impressed with Holmes' body and athleticism. He is a high-energy talent that plays well-above the rim and is an excellent slasher and open court player. Still developing his overall skillset for the game, Holmes gets most of his baskets in the open floor, while slashing to the basket or from mid-range. He has a nice mid-range game, but still needs to become much more consistent in his shooting stroke from longer ranges to increase his offensive productivity. But that will come as he continues to mature as a player. His sheer athleticism now allows him to overpower most players within the state, and should lead to a very productive senior season.
Holmes has an excellent body with very good length, strength and athleticism - looking much older than his age suggests. He is a very good defender and shotblocker for his size, with very good lateral quickness and anticipation on the floor - allowing him to play passing lanes.
Holmes has a bright future ahead of him because of his athletic ability, and should have many college coaches taking notice of him during the late signing period.
I will continue to keep a close eye on Holmes this high school season, as he climbs the ladder into becoming one of the state's best sleeper prospects in Arizona's 2013 senior class.