MILWAUKEE — Texas junior Jonathan Holmes truly believes the Longhorns are on the verge of becoming a championship program again. He doesn’t want to miss a minute of it.
Holmes, Texas’ only upperclassman and the team’s leading scorer, said he will return for his senior season and not jump into the NBA draft.
“First of all, I don’t feel I’m anywhere as good as I need to be or could be,” Holmes told the American-Statesman. “Just what we have going right now, this year could be a special year. I think looking forward, we could make it even more special, if that’s possible. But right now, everyone’s mind is focused on the (NCAA) tournament.”
Holmes is averaging 13 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He’s a quiet assuming leader, one who will speak up when necessary.
As the team’s only upperclassman, Holmes has been pegged by outsiders as the team’s leader. Some previous Texas teams can be identified by their leader, think T.J. Ford (2003), LaMarcus Aldridge (2006) or Kevin Durant (2007).
Holmes doesn’t believe this current Texas team should be solely identified with him.
“I want them to say, ‘Here comes Texas,’” Holmes said. “Oh, man, Javan, Cam, Jon Holmes, Isaiah, Connor. I want them to say, ‘Oh, man, here comes Texas’ not just here comes Jon Holmes.
“I think we have that kind of team and we have those kind of guys on the team,” he added. “Once we hit our full potential, and we get that confidence and no second-guessing ourselves back, I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
No. 7 seed Texas faces No. 10 seed Arizona State in the NCAA Tournament at approximately 8:40 p.m. Thursday at Bradley Center.