Chase Holmes is a point guard and shooting guard for the Valdosta Wildcats Freshman basketball team. The 5’7 175 pounder is coached by Malik Rogers, who is in his sixth year of coaching the sport.
The freshman phenom is coming off of a season a year ago that saw him average 9 points per game, as he finished with 120 points on the year.
Certainly no slouch in the weight-room, Holmes is able to squat an impress 265 pounds at a young age.
Though his eighth grade team would finish the year at 8-6, he feels like his ninth grade year will be vastly different.
“I feel like we will go 10-0 this season,” Holmes said. We have a really good starting five. We have some great talent coming off the bench as well.”
Big goals for a big time player.
Chase is a young man that knows the hardwood isn’t the only place that he needs to excel. He knows that the classroom is even more important and he has the grades to prove it.
“I don’t know my GPA yet since this is my first year in high school,” Holmes said. “I can tell you that I consistently made honor roll in middle school. Out of everyone in the eighth grade, I had the highest science average.”
Maybe a future as a scientist?
Either way, school is important in this young man’s eyes.
In his time away from the season, Chase also plays AAU ball for the South Georgia Dream Team. He states that he had his best game against a big time team.
“The most points I scored was against our crosstown rival,” Holmes said. “I was able to put up 21 points against a really good Lowndes team.”
Asked what sets him apart, Holmes had this to say, “I can shoot really well. I am able to make plays and get to the basket if I need to . I am also a great free-throw shooter.”
No Shaquille O’Neal DNA in Holmes.
When Covid-19 hit, Chase was unable to do as many things with basketball, so he tried his hand in other avenues.
To stay in shape, he joined the Azalea City Jokers 7v7 football team. On the squad, Chase played both linebacker and reserve quarterback to keep himself in shape.
That goes to show just how serious athletics are to this talented young man.
We have high hopes and belief that this talented ballplayer will have his fair share of offers in just a few short years.