FORT MYERS, Fla. – Newly-appointed FGCU head coach Andy Enfield added the fifth player of his short tenure in Southwest Florida on Friday, announcing that Dante Holmes (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy/Oldsmar Christian) has signed a grant-in-aid to join the Eagles in 2011-12.
Holmes, a 6-foot-3 wing, spent last year at Oldsmar Christian in Tampa, Fla. and will have four years of eligibility. He is the fourth freshmen to sign with FGCU for the upcoming season.
“Dante has a chance to make a significant impact on our program,” said Enfield. “He brings toughness and an immediate defensive presence to our team. Offensively, his ability to attack the basket and draw fouls will be a benefit to our offensive scheme. Our coaching staff thinks Dante will have a special career at FGCU.”
This past year at Oldsmar Christian under head coach Ryan Pannone, Holmes averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game en route to helping his team to a 30-10 record. Holmes is currently ranked No. 17 on D1 Hoops Report’s Post-Grad 2011 Top 40 published by Alex Schwartz and Jeff Borzello. He is also No. 13 on Source Hoops’ Big 60, a media outlet that covers Florida, South Georgia and South Alabama.
“Dante’s competitiveness, toughness and ability to be a great on-the-ball defender are three ways he can make an early impact at FGCU,” said Pannone. “He has a natural ability to score thanks to his size, strength and good pull-up jump shot game. He’s worked hard to improve his three-point shooting and a big reason he’s going to FGCU is to work with coach Enfield, who is world-renown for his shooting expertise.”
Holmes spent his high school career at Northeast power St. Frances in Baltimore before going to Oldsmar Christian. A two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro second team selection, Holmes led the Panthers to a pair of MIAA A Conference championships and two Baltimore Catholic League titles, including both in his senior season in 2010. Over his final two seasons at St. Frances, Holmes scored over 1,200 points while earning All-Baltimore City team honors each year.
Holmes and St. Frances participated in the 2009 City Palms Tournament held at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. St. Frances finished with a 2-2 record in the tournament, while fellow incoming freshman Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) also played in the tournament with Winter Park.
FGCU season tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
Combined season tickets for both the men’s and women’s teams are also available again for a combined 50 percent discount. Season tickets for either the men’s and women’s program range from $84-$259. A combined season ticket (both teams) ranges from $126-$389.