CHAVIS Holmes is the man Worcester Wolves are hoping will fill the boots of Zaire Taylor at the club next season.
The 28-year-old point guard has become the third player to join the British Basketball League outfit this summer following the arrivals of centres Robert Thurman and Donatas Visockis.
Holmes will be charged with orchestrating the Wolves side in the way reigning league most valuable player Taylor did last term before leaving to join London Lions.
The former Surrey Heat player’s addition is a key part of the jigsaw for director of basketball Paul James as he continues to assemble his team for the defence of their Trophy and play-off crowns.
Holmes, who stands 6ft 4ins, averaged 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per outing with Surrey during the 2012-13 season, including scoring 40 points in the two-legged play-off quarter-final defeat of Worcester.
James said: “Chavis played for Heat two seasons ago and many people will remember that at one point during that season he was tipped to be the MVP of the league.
“He is a class act and just the player we need to lead the team for this new campaign at the point guard position.”
Holmes, who spent last season with VfL AstroStars Bochum in Germany, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in the USA before embarking on his professional career in Spain and also having spells in Mexico and Iceland.
He said: “I’m very excited to be joining the team this year and am looking forward to working hard and having a great season.
“There are high expectations from last year’s successes, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Wolves reignited their long-standing Lithuanian connection last week with the capture of centre Visockis from league rivals Cheshire Phoenix.