Women’s Basketball’s Holmes Named Preseason National Freshman of the Year

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College Sports Madness names Texas rookie Joyner Holmes the National Preseason Freshman of the Year.

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas freshman Joyner Holmes, from Cedar Hill High School, has been named the 2016-17 Preseason National Freshman of the Year by College Sports Madness, it was announced Tuesday.

Joyner Holmes. Photo from TexasSports.com

Joyner Holmes. Photo from TexasSports.com

Holmes was the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2016, according to the Blue Star Report and the No. 2 prospect in the espnW Hoop Gurlz Top 100. She was a 2016 McDonald’s All-American and was named co-Most Valuable Player of the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic this past spring.

As a high school senior, Holmes earned first-team All-America honors from both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Naismith Trophy. She was one of five finalists nationally for both the 2016 Morgan Wooten Player of the Year Award and the Naismith Trophy, which recognizes the top high school girls basketball player in the country.

Holmes averaged an impressive 24.8 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, 2.6 steals per game and 0.8 blocks per game as a high school senior in 2015-16. She charted 13 double-doubles in 35 games last year.

Holmes was a member of team USA’s gold-medal winning U17 World Championship team in 2014, averaging 10.6 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, and earned All-Tournament accolades.

Holmes, along with Alecia Sutton and Jada Underwood, comprises the nation’s No. 3 incoming freshman class, according to ESPN.com.

Texas begins its 2016-17 season on Nov. 14, when it travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2.