Columbus Horizon alum coached Oklahoma’s up and coming stars
Kermit Holmes spent two seasons leading the Columbus Horizon of the CBA, but since then he has returned to his Oklahoma roots and helped coaching some of the brightest up-and-coming athletes coming out of the state. Holmes coached the Athletes First AAU 16-17 team which during his tenure included Sam Bradford and Blake and Taylor Griffin.
His teams also included Kelenna Azubuike of the Golden State Warriors, J.R. Giddens of the New York Knicks, Darnell Jackson of the Milwaukee Bucks, Shelden Williams of the Boston Celtics, Robert Meachem of the New Orleans Saints, Cade Davis of Oklahoma, Xavier Alexander of George Washington, Ananias Hawkins of Wichita State and Obio Muonelo of Oklahoma State.
Holmes is now an assistant coach for Lamar University.
Before his coaching days, Holmes played for the Oklahoma Sooners from 1989-91. During his time in Norman, he helped the Sooners reach the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1990 and the championship game of the NIT Tournament in 1991. That same year, he was named Sooner’s MVP.
Holmes played professionally in the United States and overseas from 1991-2001. His career, which was primarily concentrated in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after the Columbus Horizon selected Holmes as its first round pick in 1991.
During his first season in Ohio’s capital season he played in 56 games and averaged 17.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a game during the club’s third season. The team went 18-38 his rookie season. After the season he played for New Jersey Jammers of the United States Basketball League (USBL).
His second season in Columbus saw a reduction in output, but an increase in victories. Holmes averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while appearing in 51 contests. That season, the Horizon went 21-35, the second best record for the franchise during its five years in town.
After two years in Columbus Holmes went on to play elsewhere in the CBA for the Oklahoma City Cavalry, Rockford Lightning, Mexico City Aztecas and Quad City Thunder until 1999. He was named to the CBA All-Star team in 1996 and helped the Cavalry win the CBA championship in 1997. He also won a championship with the Quad City in 1998.
Holmes also played for the Westchester Stallions of the USBL in 1994 and was named second team all-league. He also played in Turkey in 1998 before ending his career with Richmond Rhythm and Trenton Stars of the International Basketball League (IBL) from 2000-01.