Baskerville Holmes (May 5, 1964 – March 18, 1997) was an American professional basketball player from Memphis, Tennessee who was selected in the 1986 NBA Draft with the 68th (3rd round) pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. His unique name was given to him by his mother who was inspired by Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crime novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. He was a Tennessee state high school champion in the high jump.
A 6'7" (2.01 m) power forward, Holmes played for four seasons at Memphis State University from 1982 to 1986 wearing #43. While with the Tigers of Memphis State, Holmes (along with William Bedford and Keith Lee) formed a very powerful and productive front court. In 1986, Holmes was drafted into the National Basketball Association by the Milwaukee Bucks but never played for them. He played professional basketball in Finland, Spain, and Sweden, before returning to Memphis where he became a truck driver.
In March 1997, Holmes, who was believed to have suffered from drug addiction and depression had an argument with his girlfriend of six years and shot her dead. Sometime after (on the same day) Holmes then killed himself. Before he died, he told the brother of his girlfriend that the situation had been an accident.
- 'I got so much on my mind, I don't know what to do' - ESPN.com feature
- Memphis (State) Tigers basketball rosters
- Holmes statistics
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