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4-star forward DaRon Holmes has Arizona in top 4

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Four-star forward DaRon Holmes announced his final four schools on Wednesday and the Arizona Wildcats made the cut along with the California Golden Bears, Dayton Flyers and Marquette Golden Eagles.

The 6-foot-8 forward is the No. 39 player and No. 10 power forward in the 2021 class, per 247Sports composite rankings.

“The atmosphere is amazing, the coaching staff is always engaged,” Holmes told Tipton Edits of Arizona. “They have really good development and I like the style of play.”

It’s also close to home.

Holmes is attending Montverde Academy in Florida this year, but originally is from Goodyear, Arizona where he attended Millennium High School. Holmes was the 2019-20 Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.

“Holmes is a versatile post with pretty good size for the position and okay length,” reads his 247Sports scouting report. “He has gained a significant amount of strength throughout his high school career and isn’t maxed out yet but has a strong, chiseled frame. Holmes is most comfortable as a scorer facing the basket and has a legitimate threat shooting off the bounce. He can improve his efficiency with better shot selection but can hit occasional shots from the perimeter as well. Has physical tools to better with back to basket. Rebounds well for position. Somewhat in-between four and five on defense but has chance to guard either position. Projects as high major starter.”

No Crystal Ball predictions have been submitted for Holmes’ recruitment, but a Rivals FutureCast, submitted by Corey Evans, has him picking Arizona.

Here is why Evans thinks Arizona is the team to beat:

Arizona will say goodbye to Ira Lee after the season and would love to not have to look too far to replace the four-year contributor in Tucson. Sure, Holmes will be taking his talents to Florida’s Montverde Academy for his senior season, but Sean Miller had no issues bringing Josh Green back home after Green completed his own prep career in the Sunshine State. Holmes has been one of Miller’s targets over the years and Arizona has been one of the best programs in America at keeping homegrown talent in-state.