4-Star Power Forward Picks up Offer from Vols

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    (Photo via Arizona Republic)

    Tennessee’s men’s basketball program continues to go after some of the top talent in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Late Sunday night, the Vols extended an offer to another highly-rated prospect in the class.

    DaRon Holmes is a four-star power forward out of Arizona. On Sunday night, he tweeted out that Tennessee was the latest program to give him an offer.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward is the No. 37 overall prospect and No. 10 power forward in the 2021 cycle.

    The Vols are the latest program to offer the talented big man originally from Arizona. Holmes also picked up an offer from Notre Dame last week, and he holds offers from Virginia, Arizona, LSU, Marquette, UCLA, and Texas Tech among others.

    Holmes was a standout at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Arizona the last three seasons. But he announced earlier this offseason that he will be transferring to Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida for his senior season.

    Holmes has a lot of offensive tools at his disposal. He has a good spin move in the paint to get by bigger bodies and find his way to the bucket, and he’s capable of hitting jumpers at the mid-range level and from three. He looks comfortable with the ball in his possession, and he has really good handles for a big man. Holmes is also able to pass well and can set up teammates out of the post or from the perimeter.

    As a junior, Holmes was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Arizona as well as the MaxPreps Arizona Player of the Year. Holmes averaged 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, 3.1 assists, and 1.8 steals a game for Millennium last season according to MaxPreps. Holmes made just under 64 percent of his field goal attempts, including connecting on 30.9 percent of his three-pointers. Holmes totaled 20 double-doubles on the season.

    Tennessee doesn’t currently have any players committed to them in the 2021 class, but the Vols are pursuing some of the top talent in the cycle. Five-stars Kennedy Chandler, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Harrison Ingram, Charles Bediako, and Caleb Houstan are all at the top of UT’s list. Highly-rated four-stars Jahmai Mashack and Mac Etienne are also on the Vols’ board.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.