H: 6' 4"|
W: 199 lbs
(26 Years Old)
|RSCI: 2||Agent: Thad Foucher |
High School: Campbell Hall
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA
Drafted: Pick 17 in 2009 by 76ers
Best Case: Rodney Stuckey
Worst Case: Mario Chalmers
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2009||NBA Draft Combine||6' 3.25"||6' 4.25"||199||6' 7"||8' 4.5"||6.3||28.5||34.0|
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2009||NBA Draft Combine||6' 3.25"||6' 4.25"||199||6' 7"||8' 4.5"||6.3||28.5||34.0|
Jrue Holiday only played three games for the 76ers' Summer League team in Orlando, but was clearly the most dynamic overall player in attendance. Holiday struggled to stand out at this event last season with deferential play, and saw erratic playing time early in his rookie season before showing extremely well as he cemented his spot in Eddie Jordan's rotation down the stretch. Holiday's development as a point guard, improved consistency as a jump shooter, and comfort level with the speed of the NBA game were obvious late in the year, and manifested themselves in a pair of extremely productive Summer League performances.
It became obvious early in the week that Holiday was going to be given the keys to Philadelphia's offense despite the presence of second overall selection Evan Turner, and the UCLA product took full advantage. Whether he was turning the corner on the pick and roll or breaking his man down in one-on-one situations, Holiday played with outstanding confidence and used his body exceptionally well in traffic. He was the top assist-man in Orlando and finished as the top scorer as well. The North Hollywood native did a great job of determining when to attack and when to defer, and aside from a down game in an easy win over Boston, provided little evidence contrary to sentiments that he should be the 76ers' starting floor general on opening day, and a huge piece of their rebuilding effort moving forward.
Over the course of his summer campaign, Holiday reinforced many of the things that he showed last season that have the Philadelphia front office optimistic about his future. Despite not knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a high rate during his only season under Ben Howland, Holiday proved to be a high-caliber catch and shoot threat last season, and he continued to knock down shots from the perimeter in Orlando. He appeared prone to jumping slightly off balance on each of his contested pull ups from the midrange, and still has quite a bit of polish to add to that part of his game, but he was highly effective when he could get all the way to the rim and use his creativity to finish. He was also able to the line at an astounding rate, exploiting the quick whistles typical of the Summer League by drawing contact frequently in the paint.
Defensively, Holiday had some moments of brilliance denying penetration and fighting through screens, and showed a degree of intensity that you almost never see from a legitimate NBA player in the Summer League. Though he's prone to over-committing to helping his teammates at times, Holiday is the type of smart, savvy defender that coaches love.
While Holiday is not likely to dominate the ball next season to the extent that he did in Orlando, but one can't discount his intensity and the change in his demeanor since this time last season. He's regained much of the swagger that made him such a highly coveted prospect going into college, and has learned to use his outstanding physical advantages and terrific basketball IQ to his advantage on a daily basis now. He'll enter next season as one of the youngest players in the NBA still, and has painstakingly improved his skill set and turned himself into a very complete basketball player.
Reporter: Talk about your workout with the Kings and what youíve been hearing from them.
Jrue Holiday: I went in there twice; I was in there with Jonny Flynn and Brandon Jennings the second time. I did really well there and I like it.
Reporter: Did it help you that it was such a strong group working out with you?
JH: Absolutely, you definitely play better when youíre going against the best competition. Everybody steps up to the plate and gives it their all and for some reason everyoneís intensity goes up in situations like that.
Reporter: How nervous are you going to be tomorrow night?
JH: You know Iíll have the clammy hands and the sweat across the forehead; Iím going to be excited but really nervous. I donít even know why though, Iím blessed because early on everyone was saying I was going late first round, early second round, but now that Iíve got the invitation and Iím here, Iím just blessed.
DraftExpress: Tell us about your workout with the Knicks a couple of days ago, it was your second one. The first one didnít go all that well supposedly which is why they brought you in for another one. Do you believe you did a better job in that second one?
JH: The first one was great, I went against Stephen Curry and Gerald Henderson, there were a lot of good players there. But I guess they wanted to bring me again to reevaluate and get a chance to see everything. I shot a lot better the second time, but it was just fun being out there and playing, they really emphasize pushing the ball.
DX: The talk in New York is that the coaching staff wants Jordan Hill and the front office wants you. Did you take any extra time to schmooze Mr. DíAntoni to try and convince him that youíre the right guy?
JH: No, honestly I was just trying to be myself because heís a real cool and laid back guy; heís real easy to talk to and get along with. I didnít know that Jordan was in there with me I thought Curry was the guy they were going after.
DX: What help did David Thorpe provide in terms of getting you to where you are now in the green room?
JH: He definitely helped with my intensity level and my skill set. I learned all about these workouts before coming into them what they do in the NBA. While I was there we watched the playoffs and just to see what we were learning being put to use in the playoffs was big because Iím a visual learner.
DX: Next season you might be fielding calls from guys who are looking at being taken in the late first round and theyíll be asking you what the secret is to getting into the top ten. What is the secret to moving up in the draft the way you did over the last few months?
JH: Honestly, all Iím going to do is tell them what I did. You have to work hard, donít complain, never give up, especially when youíre getting ready for these workouts, just stay positive. Sometimes people get you down, you read all of these little things on the internet, and everyone is telling you their opinion, you just need to stay focused.
DX: Is it important for you to get drafted high?
JH: Not really, itís more about the fit, whatever team I fit with because itís going to be long term. You canít become an all-star if you donít have that right team, you canít win a championship if you donít have that right team.
DX: How much of a role did Ben Howland play in you being here in the green room?
JH: You know he definitely supported me through everything. He called me after every workout to see how I was doing and how I did and he would talk to the people that he knows. So he definitely helped me out a lot just to be here.
DX: In terms of on the court stuff at UCLA?
JH: Definitely defense, thatís what people were so surprised with because I guess Iím so young. He really taught me to play defense and how to play the NBA game really well.
Reporter: What are your strengths?
Holiday: Strengths are definitely passing and court vision. I can score but I think seeing somebody else receive that makes me happier thatís what I get pleasure in doing. And um defintiely defense. Coach Howland he hounds us about and he goes crazy about it.
Reporter: What would it be like to be picked by Knicks?
Holiday: Itís crazy. Madison Square Garden. Thatís the place to be. Again itís legendary and itís a real exciting place to be in.
Reporter: You tried out twice for the Knicks. Did they try you out at point guard or the shooting guard position?
Holiday: They had me on the ball the first time with Stephon Curry, so it was two point guards going at each other. The second time I went against Jack McClinton who is also another point guard. They had me on the ball handling it making decisions. When I came back the second time I guess I kind of focused on my jump shot. But I mean just being a point guard, that just comes natural. Iíve been doing that my whole life.
Reporter: Thereís been some speculation that you might be going to the Knicks. How has the media pressure been here?
Holiday: I live in L.A. Itís a little different, but L.A. is just right behind here. Definitely being at UCLA helped because thereís a lot of media there all the time. I think Iím handling it well.
Reporter: When you watched the NBA playoffs, did you try to visualize matching up against some of the guys?
Holiday: You know, Iíve tried to match up against Kobe, but itís just hard. I mean heís such a great player. But thereís different players like Rafer Alston and all the great point guards Chris Paul, Deron Williams and all them. Itís definitely a challenge because of their status and how great they really are. Coming in as a young rookie, I just think of how fun it would be to take on the challenge.
Reporter: Explain how someone who scores 8 points a game leaves school and becomes a lottery pick?
Holiday: For one, itís just two completely different games. Last year, I donít want to say that I was out of position, but, I was out of position. There were times where I felt like I didnít get the ball as much, but again that experience through my freshman year it just seemed like I was ready. It seemed like I knew what my position was. I practiced against Darren Collison who was an All-American and probably one of the best point guards in college basketball. And going against him, Iím definitely comfortable enough going up against everyone else.
Reporter: Whatís the bond like between the L.A. guys?
Holiday: Well, DeMar went to USC and I went to UCLA and thatís kind of a rivalry, but also a bond in itself because Iíve known him since the 6th grade. Iíve also known Brandon (Jennings) since the 6th grade and Iíve known Austin Daye since I was little because our grandparents are best friends. And my mom and his dad went to the same high school (Kennedy High in Granada Hills, CA). James Harden and I have been playing against each other since high school so we do have a bond. Weíre definitely trying to rep California and the West Coast and we want to see everybody on the West Coast succeed.
Reporter: Any friendly wagers between you guys?
Holiday: No. Who would get picked first? Probably Brandon, DeMar, James and then me. I think I should be number one, but honestly, it really doesnít matter I think it just matters where you fit in to what team.
Reporter: So would you rather be picked high or rather be picked by a team that fits you better.
Holiday: Yeah Iíd rather be picked by the team that fits me better.
Reporter: How did the Pac-10 prepare you for playing in the NBA?
Holiday: People doubt the Pac-10, but we have a great conference and a lot of good players are out of there like James Harden and DeMar (DeRozen) Brandon Jennings would have been there too if he didnít go overseas and Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger. Thereís a lot of guys that are there and I defiantly took the challenge of guarding those best players in that conference.
Reporter: What was it like playing in UCLAís pickup games last summer?
Holiday: Last summer there was Cuttino Mobley who was getting on me a little bit which was just fun. Heís a veteran player who really knows how to play. KG was there too and heís just a scary dude. Honestly, heís just a scary and intense dude who plays hard every time he plays. Russell (Westbrook) was out there and all the former UCLA players were out there, Earl Watson and all them.
Reporter: Did they give you any advice?
Holiday: Russ told me to patient. He said that I would be anxious and excited like I am. But just to be patient and everything will fall into place. Iím not really nervous yet. I think it will hit me tomorrow once Iím actually in the room. Right now just seeing all the people, seeing all the media and this whole setup, it is definitely starting to get exciting. Everybody is talking about whoís going where and all that.
Jrue Holiday will be the first person to tell you that his freshman season didnít live up to expectations, not that that fact has scared away GMs looking to draft a point guard. Holiday entered the season as a consensus top five high school player in his class, giving UCLA fans plenty of hope for yet another appearance in the Final Four when the newcomer teamed up with returning All-American point guard Darren Collison. That dream failed to become reality for a variety of reasons, but certainly the underwhelming numbers posted by Holiday received some of the most scrutiny.
A point guard by nature, Holiday spent the majority of his time playing off the ball due to the presence of Collison. This fact, coupled with Ben Howlandís slow-paced offensive system, prevented Holiday from getting very many touches or allowing him the freedom to create. Scouts who have seen tape of the freshman from his days as a prep star in California know that Holiday is a blossoming talent with an intriguing skill set to go along with good size for his position.
Holiday has been preparing for the draft since UCLAís season came to an end back in March, but has yet to officially make a decision on whether or not he will keep his name in the draft. DraftExpress sat down with Holiday to talk about his training, his year in the Pac-10 and what the future holds for this talented youngster.
Jrue Holiday didnít stand out in any one area, but heís similar to Tyreke Evans in how he needs to develop a jumper to complement his finishing ability.
Not super efficient overall (.86 PPP), Holiday has the lowest usage of any NCAA player on our list at 9.7 possessions per game. He played a small role on a very slow-paced team, which heíll like to tell you all about if his recent interviews are any indication. He got about a third of those possessions as a finisher at the rim, where he posted a PPP of 1.2 that places him well above average. He scored 1.34 PPP in transition on limited touches in UCLAís system, but showed that he can get to the rim and make plays in the open floor.
Unfortunately, the good news ends there for the most part. Holiday shot only 28% from the field on his catch and shoot jumpers, landing him second to last, and his .75 PPP on pull up jumpers leaves a lot to be desired as well. His inordinately large percentage of possessions coming from spot up shots (27.8%) indicates that he spent heavy minutes off the ball Ėusually when Darren Collison was on the floor. Couple that with his questionable jump shot and you have a clear-cut recipe for disaster, which is exactly how heíd likely describe his first (and likely last) season in the NCAA.
UCLAís other backcourt starter, Jrue Holiday, was unable to build on the strong showing he had against VCU on Thursday, having a particularly awful second half. He finished the game 1/6 from the field and 1/3 from the line, with 6 assists and 4 turnovers. His shot-selection and decision making skills looked very questionable, as he forced the issue on a couple of bad 3-point attempts, and also committed some bone-headed turnovers. Itís pretty evident that Holiday isnít quite as good right now as some people (ourselves included) had him pegged going into the season, as heís not at anywhere near the level of other fab-freshmen weíve become accustomed to over the past few seasons. Combine that with the fact that Holiday isnít all that naturally gifted from a physical standpointóbeing an average athlete by NBA standardsóand itís safe to say that he would be well served returning for another year of college basketball. Holidayís point guard skills, perimeter shooting ability and decision making need a lot of polish, and since he wonít be deemed to have quite as much upside as other combo guards in this draft (such as Jeff Teague for example) heís no lock to be drafted in the lottery, or maybe even the top 20? Thatís not just a gut reaction based on one poor game todayóheís been very disappointing for the last six weeks now, as a few NBA people have pointed that out to us.[Read Full Article]
Just a few days ago we talked about the disappointing recent play of freshman Jrue Holiday, who was ďaveraging just 5 points per game over his last 11 contestsĒ and coming off a real stinker against USC, where he only mustered 1 point on 0-8 shooting in 31 minutes. What better time than the NCAA tournament to step up to the plate and show what all the fuss was about? With VCU electing to press/face-guard Darren Collison, a fair amount of the ball-handling duties were put on Holidayís shoulders. Once Collison got into foul trouble, we even got to see Holiday get some rare minutes at point guard, which produced some interesting results. Considering the circumstances and the fact that Holiday played a career-38 minutes, this game provided an especially interesting look at the freshman prospect.
Despite an early turnover and some occasional shaky ball-handling, Holiday was able to break through the middle of VCUís press on a couple of occasions, looking extremely aggressive in transition and getting to the rim far more than heíd shown the nerve to at any other point this season. He came up with one very impressive defensive play just a few minutes into the game, smothering Joey Rodriguez as he passed the half-court line with his terrific size and length before taking the subsequent steal coast to coast for an emphatic dunk. As often as Holiday got into the lane, he ended up eventually exposing one of his biggest weaknesses at the momentóhis poor finishing ability. He blew a number of relatively good looks right around the basket, electing to throw some tough layups in high off the glass rather than going up strong to dunk the ball. Itís not a stretch to say that he could have finished this game with over 20 points if he had done a better job around the rim.
Holiday came up huge for UCLA mid-way through the second half, as the Bruins were nursing a shaky lead with Darren Collison on the bench and VCU storming back. He first hit a beautiful 18-foot pull-up jumper with a hand in his face and the shot-clock running down, and then hit an awkward contested two handed floater from the free throw line about a minute after. A few possessions later, he broke VCUís press in impressive fashion and missed a fairly easy layup that would have put his team up by 13, but then made up for it by breaking the press again and finishing nicely with his left hand right around the four minute mark. UCLA also executed a couple of successful pick and roll plays going through Holiday, and got two very key free throws from Alfred Aboya with about a minute to go from that two-man game. Defensively, Holiday was his typical terrific self, and was a huge asset for UCLA to have in many key possessions guarding Eric Maynor.
It will be interesting to see how Holiday responds to this strong showing---he hasnít been able to find the consistency needed to string together many productive games. UCLA will need him at his best when they go up against a feisty guard-oriented Villanova squad playing on essentially their home floor at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Weíve heard quite a bit of rumblings this season from NBA-types indicating that they donít think Holiday is anywhere near as good as his high school recruiting hype would suggest, but history says that his bandwagon could fill up quickly if he were to continue his impressive tournament play.
With our last update to his player profile coming just a month ago, there isnít a great deal of new information to report on Holiday at this time. His scoring rate has dropped a bit while his passing stats look much better, as itís become increasingly clear that Holiday looks much more comfortable in a lead-guard role where he can handle the ball and make decisions as his teamís playmaker. With Darren Collison being the senior and leader of this team and clearly one of the best point guards in the country, weíll probably have to wait until next year to see Holidayís true potential at the collegiate level, if heís to return.
Even though heís become even less of a factor as a scorer recently, Holiday has done a terrific job showing his extremely high basketball IQ and outstanding passing skills. His court vision and creativity for making plays is very advanced for his age, and the patience and effectiveness he shows running the pick and roll definitely leaves a lot of optimism for the future, as he plays the game at a very unique pace. Holiday is obviously unselfish to a fault right now, sometimes looking too tentative and thinking too much, but as his comfort level grows within UCLAís offense, he should get even better.
The part of his game that looks the most concerning might be his perimeter stroke, which continues not to fall for him. Heís shooting just 30% from beyond the arc on nearly three attempts per game. Heís been equally streaky off the dribble as he is in catch and shoot situations, although he can obviously make both. Holiday is barely getting to the free throw line still, going seven games already this season without a single attempt, although he is hitting the ones he does take a little bit better now. With that said, he hits an outstanding 61% of his 2-point attempts, which ranks him tops amongst all point guards that category
Defensively, Holiday is still one of the best guards in college basketball, as he showed in the very difficult matchup he had with James Harden. He did a great job limiting him as much as possible off the dribble, moving his feet intelligently and showing great timing. Harden had a very good game in his own right, but the 8 turnovers he committed definitely stands out in the box score, and tells you quite a bit about the peskiness that Holiday brings to the table as a defender.
It will be very interesting to see if Holiday decides to test the NBA draft waters, as he doesnít look like the prototypical ďone and done ďcandidate, and also probably hasnít produced the type of per-game stats to be considering such a move. Digging deeper in the numbers, though, you realize that his production as a freshman compares favorably with Russell Westbrookís numbers as a sophomore, which obviously didnít preclude him from being drafted fourth overall (and looking like an incredible talent early on). Holiday would probably benefit from playing another season of college basketball, and may want to leave much more of a legacy at UCLA than the fleeting glance weíve gotten at him thus far, but he probably would be a lottery pick regardless if he decided to enter.
Ranked by the RSCI as the #2 prospect in this exceedingly enigmatic freshman class, the expectations were obviously going to be quite high for Jrue Holiday going into the season. This was always going to be a difficult proposition, though, as not only is he quite young (only turning 19 in June), but he also is playing mostly off the ball next to one of the NCAAís top point guards in Darren Collison, in a slow-paced, ultra efficient offense.
Learning the nuances of Ben Howlandís system takes any player time, as weíve seen from UCLAís pro guards over the past few years, and Holiday is the type of unselfish, mature, high-character player who would always come into a new situation being slightly deferential. All that combined led to a somewhat slow start for the west coast product, although he seems to be picking things up lately as his comfort level at UCLA grows.
Holidayís jump-shot was the slowest to come along early on in the season, although it still shows good potential. He has a quick release and nice shooting mechanics, being capable of making shots both with his feet set and off the dribble. Heís only shooting 33% from beyond the arc at this point, but it seems like this figure could rise as the season moves on.
Athletically, Holiday does not really stand out compared with other top guard prospects, such as Ty Lawson and Brandon Jennings. He has great strength, but isnít blessed with an incredible first step or outstanding leaping ability, being more likely to impress with his feel for the game, fundamentals and all-around versatility. Thatís one of the reasons (along with UCLAís system) he hasnít gotten to the free throw line very much at all early onóand heís converted just 65% of his attempts once there.
Not quite a true point guard just yet, Holiday has very good vision regardless and is an extremely unselfish player. He shows great patience on the pick and roll, and plays the game at a very nice pace, usually letting things come to him within the flow of the offense. Although his ball-handling skills are still improvable, he can create his own shot going left or right, and is extremely crafty getting his shot off. Not immune to making freshman mistakes, Holiday does turn the ball over at a slightly above average rate.
The best part of Holidayís game, by far, is clearly his defense, where he already looks like one of the top guards in the country. Holiday has phenomenal lateral quickness, being extremely physical and intense getting right up in his matchup and giving him absolutely no space to operate on the perimeter. He gets in the passing lanes at a terrific rate, showing incredible hands and timing picking his opponentís pocket, but does not gamble like most young players do. His length and strength come in very handy here, but itís really his smarts and fundamentals that really stand out the most. There is very little doubt that Holiday will be able to guard both guard positions in the NBA, which makes him extremely versatile when you consider that he will likely be able to play both positions on the offensive end as well.
There is a certain type of team and coach that Holiday will appeal most to, and that is almost certainly what will keep his NBA draft stock high despite the fact that his production does not jump off the page. He is a complete player on both ends of the floor, the type that fits into any system and clearly is programmed to help a team win games. Whether or not he decides to come out this season and how highly NBA teams value an extraordinary role player in his mold (who is not a star) are questions weíll be trying to figure out over the next few months.
Though not a great game statistically for Holiday, he still managed to display many of the tools that will earn him minutes next year at UCLA, and potentially make him a one and done prospect. The combo-guard missed on a number of drives to the hoop, but displayed elite body control in the process and the ability to get to the rim with either hand. Though his perimeter shots werenít falling during the game, Holiday has a consistent release point and perfect spin on his jumper. Two of his four made field goals during the game came on pretty long range jumpers off the dribble.
At UCLA, Holiday will likely spend some of his time at the point guard position, but he plays just as effectively off the ball. He showed above average play-making ability on many of his drives to the hoop, even though he played much of the game at the shooting guard position. Considering his size and lack of elite run/jump athleticism, Holiday will likely spend his pro career playing the point guard spot. The future Bruin has an excellent defensive stance, and has potential to make a big impact on both ends of the court as a freshman.
Holiday started off the game on a tear, scoring 13 points in the first quarter for the Vikings. He was downright unstoppable, scoring in every way imaginable. Able to shoot the ball from deep just as well as he can get to the rack, it was a matter of picking your poison Thursday night for opposing defenders early on. The UCLA recruit began the game by showing off his silky smooth outside jumper that has NBA range, pulling up off of the dribble in transition to net a three pointer in his defenderís face. Complimenting his dribble drive was his ability to get to the rim early on, where he was able to convert near impossible buckets at the rim with either hand. Simply put, he single handedly willed his team to a 23-20 advantage after the first quarter.
St. Edís came out in the second quarter making adjustments on how to stop Holiday, having a man face guard him at all times with another defender shadowing him. This frustrated the young guard, who was unable to get his hands on the ball the way he was in the first stanza. When he did touch the ball, showed off a pretty pull-up jumper from midrange and continued to put points on the board with ease. Jrue showed off a super tight handle that allowed him to make his way to the rim, although he did get a bit too flashy for his own good early on. His ability to break down the Eagles defense with such ease enabled Campbell Hall to jump out to a 37-29 lead at the half.
The second half and overtime didnít fare quite as well for Holiday, who wound up missing 12 of his final 17 shots. He was a bit passive down the stretch in terms of commanding the ball, failing to make his immense presence felt out on the floor. Holiday continued to show off why he is such a highly touted prospect even when the shots werenít falling. He displayed downright nasty body control, able to seemingly float through the air around defenders en route to the rim. Using both hands to get up shots from difficult angles, he was able to get up scoring attempts over Roe and Pritchard that most guards would have had swatted into the stands. With so much attention focused on Holiday, he did an outstanding job of finding open teammates even though he proved unable to put points on the board for himself late in the game.
The most productive player at the camp for the US 08's was UCLA-bound shooting guard Jrue Holiday. Poised, smart, mature, smooth, effortlessÖare all adjectives that come to mind when watching him play. Showing a great body and a very versatile all-around game, Holiday was constantly around the ball making his impact felt when his team needed him most. His physical tools are very solid besides his strength, showing a nice first step, excellent body control, and the all-around polish to put it all together on a consistent basis.
Holiday is always under control, but is still very aggressive when needed looking for his own shot. He can create for himself fairly well thanks to his strong ball-handling skills, and has excellent wherewithal realizing where he is on the court at all times. He gets into the paint well and finishes intelligently without making too big of a fuss. His shot is smooth, showing a quick trigger and nice ability to pull up off the dribble from mid-rage, although he seemed to lose some accuracy from behind the arc. He is a solid passer and highly selfish, although he looked more like a 2-guard than the point guard he's been billed as at timesóeven if that could still come down the road.
Holiday is also a superb defender who is committed to locking down his man, as he showed in a very entertaining matchup with Lance Stephenson in which he clearly got the upper hand. He has long arms and good lateral quickness, as well as the instincts and toughness needed to get the job done. As you may have noticed by nowÖHoliday is quite a complete player for his age. There is a lot to like about his NBA prospects down the road, even if his upside might not be off the charts. He reminds a bit of Rodney Stuckey, but is an even more polished player at the same age.
The 6'4 Jrue showed just about everything one could ever hope to see in a high school-age basketball prospect. He displayed dazzling command with the ball in his hands, threading the needle on numerous highlight reel passes and showing excellent discretion on when to look for his own offense.
Holiday was defended very well by standout Royal sophomore Raymond Cowles, but did a phenomenal job of picking his spots and not forcing the action. Nonetheless, he thinks he still has work to do in this area.
ďToday I was taking it in on 3-4 people, and I canít do that. I have to dish it out.Ē Holiday said.
He isnít an elite athlete on the NBA level (still a very, very good athlete), but players with Holidayís shot creating tools and general basketball IQ are very hard to ignore.
The one thing we didnít see out of the younger Holiday on the night was an outside shot (he didnít attempt one), but he is billed as owning an outstanding stroke. It is safe to say that comparisons ranging from Randy Foye to Gilbert Arenas would be quite valid at the moment.