Senior point guard Holmes ready to lead MSU

Mississippi State point guard Jazzmun Holmes

Staff Writer

Jazzmun Holmes knows how important it is to take care of the basketball as a Mississippi State point guard.

After the graduation of starting point guard Morgan William, Holmes will be counted on heavily to cut down on mistakes even more for the Bulldogs.

There is no more Mo, so MSU’s point guard position will be all Jazz-ed up.

That’s just fine with head coach Vic Schaefer.

“To me, she is a proven commodity,” Schaefer said. “She’s done it her career and she’s been in the big games and lived in the big moments. We are really fortunate to have her.”

While backing up William, Holmes had her best season for the 2017-18 team that advanced to its second-straight national championship game.

Holmes averaged 4.2 points per game, had 105 assists and committed 38 turnovers for the Bulldogs. She cut down on her turnovers after having 43 during the 2016-17 season.

Now that she is the senior point guard, Holmes has concentrated on protecting the basketball even more.

“I just know I have to limit my turnovers, try to get my teammates involved as much as I can and just do the little things right,” Holmes said.

Holmes has improved her scoring and assist totals each year.

As a freshman, she scored 1.9 points per game and had 71 assists for MSU, then averaged 2.7 points per outing with 98 assists in her sophomore year and had the 4.2 points per contest and 105 assists last season.

It’s a different role now for Holmes and one that she’s embracing during the summer.

“It definitely steps up a notch knowing that my teammates look at me most of the time and being able to control the team and things like that,” Holmes said.

Holmes and the rest of the Bulldogs are about to take a business trip to Italy in hopes to bond and get better as a team.

It’s something she believes will be helpful.

“This is going to be a big jump for us considering we only had a couple of practices,” Holmes said “I think it’s going to help our team build chemistry and things like that.

“I know we need to work a little bit harder on a couple of things and help the newbies out. The things that we do well, we need to continue to do well and the things that we need help on, we need to work on a little bit harder.”

Since she has been in two-straight NCAA Final Fours and national championship title games, Schaefer believes Holmes will be tested enough to be the veteran needed to run the point in 2018-19.

“I think she is going to have a great senior year,” Schaefer said. “We need her to have a great senior year, but we are really fortunate to have a senior like her who has been through the wars.”