The Texas Longhorns will be without leading-rebounder Jonathan Holmes for the foreseeable future after the sophomore left Monday night’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners with what’s being diagnosed as a broken right handd. Holmes appeared to injure himself in the first half after running into a teammate in an attempt to get a loose ball.
The loss would be substantial for the Longhorns, whose next-leading rebounder after Holmes’ 7.5 per-game is Cameron Ridley, who averages just over five per-contest.
Ridley would likely get Holmes’ minutes. Connor Lammert would also see an uptick in playing time in the wake of the loss of Holmes. For a squad that has seven freshmen and five sophomores, it’s not so much been about senior leadership in Texas but rather who gets a turn to step into the spotlight.
Through the first 18 games of the season, the offense has revolved around sophomore guards Sheldon McClelland and Julien Lewis, who average 14.5 and 11.8 points per-game, respectively. Freshman Javan Felix (6.2 apg) is the facilitator of the offense and works well with McLellan and Lewis but Holmes was his go-to option in the post.
Freshman Ioannis Papapetrou has the height to play in the post but isn’t used to being a main offensive option or main contributor on the boards. He’s a 3-point threat who can move well for a bigger player but the coming days should test his abilities in the post.
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