Four A&M Basketball Signees Confirm Commitments

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COLLEGE STATION -- Four Texas A&M men¹s basketball signees on Monday confirmed their commitments to join the Aggie basketball team this fall.

B.J. Holmes (Houston/Hastings HS), DeAndre Jordan (Houston/Christian Life Center), Derrek Lewis (Tulsa, Okla./Union HS) and Nathan Walkup (Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park HS) will enroll at A&M. A fifth signee, Victor Dubovitsky of Chipola (Fla.) Junior College, has been released from his national letter-of-intent.

³We¹re pleased that these four young men have decided to stay with our program,² A&M Coach Mark Turgeon said. ³I think it shows the character and loyalty these young men and their families possess. I¹m really pleased they are on board and we¹re looking forward to next season. Now we can focus on recruiting our next class.²

Holmes (5-10, 160) was a first-team All-Greater Houston selection as a
senior after averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 4.7 steals per game. He also made 78 percent from the field and an impressive 50.0 percent (60-120) from three-point range. A three-time district most valuable player, Holmes also made the all-state and all-region teams and set school career records for points and assists.

³I had a great visit with Coach Turgeon and I think he will be a good fit
for me,² Holmes said. ³I¹m looking forward to being a part of great things
at A&M next season.²

Jordan (7-0, 240) is rated as the 8th-best prospect in the nation and the
best in Texas by Rivals.com. He also was named to the All-Greater Houston first-team. Jordan averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocked shots as a senior.

³I¹m going to stay at A&M next year and honor my commitment,² Jordan said.

³I didn¹t know much about Coach Turgeon before I met him. I liked what he was talking about and where he is taking the program. That convinced me.²

Lewis (6-5, 197) earned second-team all-state honors in Oklahoma after leading Union to a 26-1 record and the state Class 6A semifinals. A two-time all-metro first-team selection, he averaged 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals as a senior while making 40 percent from three-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line.

³I am looking forward to going to Texas A&M next year,² Lewis said. ³After meeting Coach Turgeon, I decided to stay with A&M. I talked to him for a
while and decided he was a pretty cool guy.²

Walkup (6-6 185) earned all-state and all-region honors after averaging 22.9 points and 9.2 rebounds as a senior. He connected on 85 percent from the free-throw line.

"I've wanted to play at A&M and win a national championship there, so that's what I plan to do," Walkup said. "We want to come in next year and build on what the guys before us have done.²