Justin Holiday, one of the more intriguing 2007 prospects because of his upside, caught the attention of a number of schools during the July evaluation. The 6-foot-6, 170-pound wing player from Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif., is down to a school list of five.
"I've narrowed it down to five-Washington, USC, Arizona State, Texas Tech and SMU," said Holiday. "I'm not sure on the dates of my visits, but I am going to visit all five. I do know that SMU is the first visit."
Holiday was reluctant to name a leader, but he did acknowledge that USC does benefit from being a local school.
"It does help them a little, but ultimately it doesn't matter to me," he said. "It does help in the family vote, though. The decision is mostly mine, but they are definitely going to put their two cents worth in."
A legitimate high-major prospect in his own right, Holiday is an even more enticing prospect because of the potential recruiting bonanza of also landing his brother Jrue Holiday, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the class of 2008. Whether the two play together in college, however, is on Jrue according to Justin.
"I wouldn't mind playing with Jrue, but really it is his decision," he said. "I have to make the best decision for me at this moment."
Holiday averaged 20 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior.
Justin Holiday scouting report:
A wiry, smooth athlete, Holiday is a developing prospect with promising upside. At his best in transition, Holiday has an adequate all around skill game that is improving. His length as a defender is disruptive, but his present lack of strength holds him back on both sides of the ball.