Dayton Flyers star DaRon Holmes II Named Atlantic 10 Player Of The Week

By Stretch Jenkinson

DaRon Holmes II (15) after a slam dunk (photo by Erik Shelkun, courtesy Dayton Media Relations)



Junior Forward Recognized For The Third Time This Month


WASHINGTON, D.C. – University of Dayton forward DaRon Holmes II has been named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Week for his performances in two Flyer wins last week.

Holmes was honored for the second consecutive week and the third time this month.  He was also named the A-10’s Co-Player of the Week last week, and the Player of the Week on Jan. 2.

The 6-foot-10 junior from Goodyear, Ariz. averaged a double-double in leading the Flyers to wins over Saint Louis and Rhode Island that extended Dayton’s winning streak to 12 games.  He averaged 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots in the two games, while shooting .615 (16-26) FG, .400 (2-5) 3-pt. and .667 (16-24) FT.

In Tuesday’s win over Saint Louis, he scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half after UD trailed at halftime.  He also grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked four shots and had two steals.  Saturday against Rhode Island, he played a season-low 24 minutes, but still had 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and another three blocks.  He did not play in the final 14:53 of the lopsided win.

In 36 minutes of action over the second half against the Billikens and the first half versus the Rams, Holmes scored 43 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots.

Holmes leads the A-10 in scoring (19.4) and UD in rebounding (7.6).  He is the only player in the league’s Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, FG%, 3-pt. FG% and blocked shots.

He is the only player in D-I who has more than 35 blocks, 35 dunks and 35 assists.  Holmes has 38, 42 and 44 respectively.   Holmes also has 18 threes and is shooting .439 (18-41) from deep.  He had a total of seven made threes in his first two seasons at UD.

Dayton is 15-2 overall and tied for first in the A-10 at 5-0 with Richmond.  UD is ranked 16th in the AP poll and 17th in the Coaches poll this week.