Guard Avry Holmes has had a quiet and consistent career as a Clemson Tiger since transferring from the University of San Francisco.
The 6-foot-2 195-pound senior posted his third-highest scoring total of the season, 17 points, against Boston College in an 82-68 win on Senior Night.
Holmes was feeling his shot against BC, going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, his best mark this season.
“I just wanted to let them go. It was my last opportunity at Littlejohn and it just felt really good,” he said.
Holmes said that he is grateful to be able to get a win in his last home game as a Clemson Tiger, especially seeing as it’s tough to get a win in the stacked ACC.
“It means the world to me…it’s a blessing to end my career like that here at Littlejohn,” said Holmes.
While most Clemson fans know how good Holmes really is, his quiet demeanor and lack of flashy play show how composed and confident he really is in himself.
“I do what I can with whatever they give me when the opportunity is presented,” said Holmes. “I just do my best with it and don’t worry about what I can’t control. I don’t really focus on my stats or how I’m playing, I just try to work hard to help my team win.”
The Tigers have a quick turnaround with the ACC Tournament beginning in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Although Clemson has a lot to prove, and will have to win at least a couple games for a shot at an NCAA Tourney bid, Holmes said that his team does not feel any pressure.
“I think we just want to play and not worry about it,” he said. “I think us stressing about it, about how close we were, if we were going to make the tournament, it just stresses everyone out. So I feel like all the guys just want to play and have fun.”
Holmes believes that Clemson controls their own destiny and that their composure and mentality can relinquish any pressure put on them.
“Right now we’re in a good position I feel like, because a lot of teams need like two wins to go to the tournament or need this to go to the tournament,” he said. “I think we’re ready to just go out there and play. So I think there is more pressure on other teams than us just because we’re going to go out there and have fun with it.”
Losing close games and not finishing has been Clemson’s storyline all season long, but Holmes believes that those moments have given the team a whole new mentality to finish the season strong.
“The one-point games and the two-point possessions, you just get so emotionally into it, you’re like geez, ok let’s worry about this next game and if it happens again it happens again,” he said. “You know, let’s just go play and have fun. I think that’s what we’ve been doing.”
Regardless of who they play, Clemson will have a tough test in the best conference in America. Every team will come to play and anyone could take home to title.
“Everybody could beat anybody on a good day…it’s great to know that I’m in an era that is probably the best conference there ever was,” said Holmes.
The Tigers tip-off against N.C. State in the first round on Tuesday at 12 pm.