“They appear to be wired a bit differently, yes, given Holmes’ superior rim protection and Toppin’s ability to do more offensively, in less time, as a freshman,” Hamilton wrote. “But the distinctions don’t entirely disqualify the similarities. How Holmes’ second season evolves, and how closely (or not) it mirrors the development pace of Dayton’s last impact big — that’s the curiosity.”
The Blue Ribbon Yearbook quoted Dayton associate head coach Ricardo Greer talking about Holmes in its preview of Dayton.
“Last year, we saw toward the end of the year, we could play offense through him in the post,” Greer said. “We’ll just continue to help him continue to grow. I think the biggest thing he does for us is on the defensive end. He’s just phenomenal on that side of the ball.”