Pair Leave JMU Program

Josh Walfish, Publisher
Dukes of JMU

HARRISONBURG — James Madison sophomores Vince Holmes and Terrence Johnson have received their releases from the basketball program and will transfer out of the school.

Holmes, who hails from Jupiter, Fla., came to JMU from Otero Junior College (Colo.) before the 2016-17 season and played in 25 games this past season. Used primarily as the backup point guard, Holmes averaged 1.4 points, 1.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game for the Dukes.

Johnson, originally from Tucson, Ariz., transferred into the program from South Mountain Community College (Ariz.) before last season. He appeared in 16 games for the Dukes, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in a little less than 10 minutes of action per game.

“Both Vince and Terrence have chosen to continue their careers elsewhere,” JMU coach Louis Rowe said in a statement. “We’re glad that they chose to be at James Madison and helped make our team better this season. We wish them the best moving forward.”

Attempts to reach Holmes and Johnson for comment were unsuccessful.

The departures leave the Dukes severely shorthanded as the signing period re-opens today for high school seniors and junior college transfers. JMU currently has only eight scholarship players signed to the roster, four of whom are freshmen who signed with Madison during the early signing period in November. Also on the roster is walk-on rising sophomore guard Tyriq Nady.

The Dukes also received good news on the recruiting trail Monday, picking up a verbal commitment from Darius Banks, a three-star shooting guard from St. Petersburg, Fla. Banks took his official visit with most of the four freshmen who already signed with JMU, and is likely the last freshman Rowe will take as part of this class.

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