A versatile point guard is essential in today’s game, as Jazzmun Holmes has taken the torch from Morgan William, one of the best to don the maroon and white. Holmes who may not be a scorer, has proven to be a reliable weapon on both ends of the floor. In her senior season, first as a starter, the Mississippi native from Gulfport continues to fill the stat line. Comparable to William, Holmes creates opportunities for teammates and capitalizes on forced turnovers.
Their numbers are relatively similar, as William averaged 8.2 points per game and Holmes 7.6. She has also passed William in assists 182-176 and steals, 70-32. Furthermore, Holmes’ energy is contagious and can ignite the Bulldogs when in need. It is also widely apparent that she has emerged into a leader, the same as William in last year’s tournament.
While Holmes may not be all about flash, her all-around game shows up time after time. She is also unafraid of the spotlight and and tends to excel in big moments, such as prime-time games. Her and William are both game changers, in that even if they may not have their best game, the two make a play that turns the tide.
Having learned from Vic Schaefer and William, Holmes has taken that knowledge and put it on full display. As seen, Holmes is an integral component to the Bulldogs’ success. She should have a day in the Sweet 16.
Holmes also has the confidence like William and the will to score down the stretch if the opportunity arises. Famous for “the shot”, there is no doubting the ice in William’s veins. Look for Holmes to have that same mentality going forward.
Well versed and a student of the game, Holmes has grown into a star, having put together a memorable senior year. While the Bulldogs still have their work cut out for them, Holmes’ number should be called in a tournament that has not disappointed thus far. With the trust of her teammates, Holmes should make a statement throughout Mississippi State’s journey and run at a national championship.