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Aaron Holiday, brother of Jrue Holiday and Justin Holiday, declares for NBA draft

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Four - Dayton

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13: Aaron Holiday #3 of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies during the first half of the First Four game in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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Jrue Holiday plays for the Pelicans. Justin Holiday plays for the Bulls.

And now a third Holiday brother – UCLA junior Aaron Holiday – will join the NBA.


Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports:

By hiring an agent, Holiday would lose his college eligibility and effectively commit to staying in the draft. As a projected first-round pick, that’s the right course.

Holiday is a good outside shooter, and he can put the ball on the floor. His toughness stands out. At 6-foot-1, he’s clearly a point guard. His passing doesn’t wow, but it’s good enough. He’s a good defender, but for someone with such a long wingspan and who plays so energetically, he doesn’t wreak as much havoc on that end as expected. Perhaps, that speaks to athleticism shortcomings.

Like with anyone his age, it’s fair to wonder whether the 21-year-old Holiday just outgrew college competition en route to his breakout year. But he definitely did enough to get drafted, and I’d bet a team picks him in the first round.