Thursday, May 10, 2007

Jrue Holiday Narrows Choice To UCLA, Washington

By Eric Sondheimer
Los Angeles Times


[reprinted with permission]



Campbell Hall's 6-foot-4 junior guard, ranked as No. 2 basketball prospect in nation, will decide later this summer. His brother, Justin, signed with Huskies in November.



Jrue Holiday, a 6-foot-4 junior guard at North Hollywood Campbell Hall
who is ranked as the No. 2 basketball prospect in the nation by one
recruiting service, has narrowed his college choices to UCLA and
Washington, his mother, Toya, said Thursday.



Holiday, who led Campbell Hall to the Division IV state championship in
March, has remained silent for months about his college plans, but his
mother said he told her this week that UCLA and Washington were his
final two.



He will be taking an unofficial visit to Washington on June 10.
Holiday's brother, Justin, signed with the Huskies last November and
will be a freshman this fall. Holiday has yet to make a visit,
unofficial or official, to UCLA, but Toya Holiday said she plans to
contact Bruins Coach Ben Howland to arrange one.



Washington and UCLA recently engaged in a spirited recruiting battle
for 6-9 Drew Gordon of San Jose Archbishop Mitty until the junior
announced Monday that he had committed to UCLA.



Holiday is expected to announce his decision later this summer.


(photo credit: Rivals.com)

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13 Comments:

At May 11, 2007, 2:26:00 AM, Anonymous shane said...

If we could get Holiday, that would be an amazing recruiting class. If Collison has another year as good as this one he is gone so will have another scholarship available. The only problem will have is finding minutes for everyone which is a good problem to have.

 
At May 11, 2007, 5:59:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Listen up Holiday, you know you want to play in Westwood. Not only can your family and buddies watch you play, you can go to the NCAA championship game (as a participant)!
We will allow you to park on campus. I have handicapped stickers for you too (joking). It's a no-brainer. Wet, rainy, cold Washington where your brother is or you can make a name for yourself and be the man in Westwood. Think long term buddy. Hollywood agents come to the games and I know commercials are in your future.
See you in Pauley!

 
At May 11, 2007, 8:10:00 AM, Anonymous TrueBru said...

All signs point to Jrue going to Washington though. Almost everyone is reporting it as well. Supposedly, the Holdiday's weren't happy with UCLA's lack of recruitment of Justin. Oh well, Jerime can fill the role well. If we want another guard, we should offer Larry again. If not, Breshers is still interested.

 
At May 11, 2007, 8:14:00 AM, Anonymous TrueBru said...

All signs point to Jrue going to Washington though. Almost everyone is reporting it as well. Supposedly, the Holdiday's weren't happy with UCLA's lack of recruitment of Justin. Oh well, Jerime can fill the role well. If we want another guard, we should offer Larry again. If not, Breshers is still interested.

 
At May 11, 2007, 2:13:00 PM, Anonymous clyde said...

What is your source for the above comment??? I have not heard that at all. I've read in one of the articles on this site that Jrue said he and his brother were not a package deal which would lead me to believe that the door is open. There are also signs that UCLA will be more competitive in the national spotlight which might also impact on the decision. All speculation at this point but my guess is UCLA is the front runner.

 
At May 11, 2007, 2:49:00 PM, Anonymous bruinfan said...

If Jrue is better than his brother, he'll be a Bruin!

 
At May 12, 2007, 5:13:00 AM, Anonymous Don said...

Jrue went out of his way to make clear that him and his brothe were not a package deal. Justin wasn't recruited by ucla because they had 2 scholarships to give, one going to Love. there is no basis for expecting Washington to be the front runner.

 
At Jun 9, 2007, 7:58:00 AM, Anonymous Devon said...

Jrue should go to washington man. come on Jrue you are amazing and you and your brother will have a blast. People say its all cold and rainy but its actually awesome, and a beautiful place. you could put the uw program on the top, and start a dynasty there.

 
At Jun 11, 2007, 3:12:00 AM, Anonymous Josh said...

Has anyone considered the fact that Jrue would probably steal playing time from his brother if he followed him to Washington ? I'm sure they've tried to convince him this wouldn't happen, but it's a good possibility. Justin and Jrue's game is not that different except that Jrue is a better, faster version. Justin will be struggling to get his playing time anyways with the great talent Romar has been bringing to UW lately. I think the Holidays must know this, which is why I think ultimately Jrue will be a Bruin.

 
At Jun 21, 2007, 5:19:00 AM, Anonymous baregunner said...

Let's simply compare the schools...UCLA has ben to the final four two years in a row and looks to return with the current crop of recruitments. Washington is just struggling to maintain in the middle of the pack in the Pac Ten. Coach Howland is now being recognized as the coach to "go thru" to become a better defensive player and improve your NBA stock...hands down, Jrue wants ALL this in his future...Oh yeah, and let's go ahead and throw the weather in for good measure...CASE CLOSED!

 
At Jun 28, 2007, 5:12:00 AM, Anonymous AE said...

What do the Huskies have to offer???They are losing Hawes and they couldnt make the NIT last year. The PAC is so strong they are going to have serious problems for years to come.

 
At Jul 1, 2007, 6:28:00 AM, Anonymous ballboy of Campbell Hall said...

It will be a tough pick for Jrue. First of all UCLA is not just a good basketball school its also good for acdemics and there is good weather here. Since Justin is going to UW Campbell Hall point gurd, Robert Ford is trying to be a walkon player @ UW so they can play together. So if Jrue goes to UW they may have 3 guys who played together like they did for 2 state titles. They will know each other better and know each others styles of play and may be the best trio of friends to play in the NCAA. Ballboys personal percentage of the two universitys for Jrue. UW 51 percent UCLA 49 percent. Im a 4th grader at Campbell Hall and Ive watched him for a long time.

 
At May 22, 2008, 3:16:00 AM, Anonymous Maruqell said...

yo man i think dat jrue should go with his brother because i think both of them put together is a monster squad. inplus i never played on the same skool team as my brother and im a year older dan him. so i think dats kool dat he can play wit his brother. from maruqell norfolk va. age 15.

 

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