Chavis and Travis Holmes Lead VMI's Fast-Pace Offense: Who Are They, You Ask?

Ari KramerSenior Analyst IINovember 16, 2008

Virginia Military Institute's Duggar Baucom instituted a fast-paced scoring offensive system when he was hired as head coach in 2005.

It took a year for his Keydets to fully adopt the system, but the ensuing two years concluded with VMI as the nation's leading scoring offense. They averaged 100.9 points per game in 2006-07 and 91.3 per game last season.

Reggie Williams, VMI's 6'6" forward for four seasons, led the nation in scoring both years with 28.1 and 27.8 points per game.

Last season was Williams' final as a Keydet, and he is currently playing for JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France's Pro-A league.

Although losing Williams' contributions was a wound Baucom knew he would need to heal, his medicine was not too deep in the cabinet.

Chavis and Travis Holmes were honored as members of the All-State North Carolina team in their senior year in high school, and signed on as two essential pieces to Baucom's first recruiting class at VMI.

Upon entering the 2008-09 season, Chavis and Travis stood 664 combined points behind the all-time leading twin scoring duo. The two identical 6'4" guards from Charlotte, North Carolina have already posted a combined 97 points in the first two games of the season.

Kentucky was unable to beat the combined 46 points posted by Chavis and Travis, and the twins' 51 points nearly defeated Virginia.

These guys are spectacular basketball players and prolific scorers.

Playing as second and third options behind Williams during their sophomore and junior seasons, the Holmes twins put up impressive scoring numbers. Travis averaged 15 points as a sophomore and 15.6 last season; Chavis averaged 19.2 in 2006-07 and 18.3 last season.

They can each shoot the three-ball. Travis is a career 32.4 percent shooter from beyond the arc; Chavis is slightly better at 36.7 percent.

Without Williams on the team, the Holmes twins are the leaders of the rapid offense, and could each average over 25 points per game this season.

They will have the surrounding help of senior Willie Bell and sophomore Austin Kenon. Freshman Keith Gabriel has also scored has fair share of points in the first two games.

VMI lacks size, leading Big South coaches to overlook the Holmes twins and project Baucom's Keydets to finish seventh in the 10 team conference. Most of these coaches probably questioned their choice this weekend after VMI downed Kentucky and played Virginia down to the final minute before succumbing.