Mackenzie Holmes declares for 2024 WNBA draft, will undergo knee surgery in May

  • 04/10/2024 12:36 pm in

Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer, announced Wednesday that she is declaring for the 2024 WNBA draft.

Holmes, however, won’t be available to play professionally this year because she will undergo knee surgery next month.

Here is the full announcement from Holmes, which she shared via social media:

“As many of you know during my time as a Hoosier, my career was interrupted multiple times due to a reoccurring issue with my knee that has been present since my 9th grade year in high school. My major focus at these times was to get back on the court as quickly as possible to be with my teammates and help our team succeed. While the entire medical staff at IU was wonderful in doing everything to rehabilitate and prevent the injury, all while getting me back on the court safely, I never took the steps to correct the problem and the damage it caused.

“However, at this time to ensure my body is healthy and my playing career is as long and successful as possible, I have decided to get the necessary surgery in May to prevent further issues and alleviate the plan it has caused. I have declared for the 2024 WNBA draft and pray that a team honors me with a selection knowing I will be ready for the start of 2025 training camp. Your support, thoughts and prayers at this time are appreciated!”

A unanimous All-Big Ten first-team selection, Holmes led the Hoosiers with 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

She shot a Big Ten-best 65 percent from the floor over 32 games and scored in double figures 32 times.

Holmes finished her IU career with 2,518 points, 986 rebounds and 256 blocked shots.

(Photo credit: IU Athletics)

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