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The recruiting run that Steve Alford has been on since taking the job at UCLA continued on Monday. Four-star junior point guard Aaron Holiday is the latest edition.
A legacy recruit who is the younger brother of former Bruin and current New Orleans Pelican Jrue Holiday, Holiday is a 6-foot-1 point guard at North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall and currently ranks No. 40 nationally in the class of 2015.
The commitment of Holiday is an interesting one given some recent media pump fakes. The recruiting grapevine had been indicating for some time that Holiday was a heavy lean to the Bruins but as recently as Saturday night -- after Alford watched him and fellow four-star target Bennie Boatwright -- he indicated that he was in no hurry to make a commitment.
So, what exactly are the Bruins getting in Holiday? They are getting one of the most aggressive playmakers in the country and a potential defensive ace.
Holiday attacks the basket with impunity and is constantly putting pressure on defenders. He has a wiry strong body, forces the action and makes just enough jump shots to keep defenders honest. While he probably isn't a true point guard just yet and can play at either the one or two, his size and defensive ability as a lead guard suggest that he can make the fulltime transition to the point.
As mentioned in the intro, Alford and his staff have been on a recruiting tear since arriving in Westwood. From the class of 2013 they landed McDonald's All-American and five-star Isaac Hamilton when he backed out on UTEP. They have a 2014 recruiting class that features two McDonald's All-American in Thomas Welsh and Kevon Looney plus another four-star in Jonah Bolden. Going a class beyond Holiday -- the Bruins lone 2015 commitment -- they have already locked up the nation's No. 20 player in the class of 2016, Lonzo Ball.
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