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USA Basketball: Jrue Holiday

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North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall prospect Jrue Holiday is the type of elite prospect who could name his school, and the 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard has it down to two schools.
On one side there is UCLA, the neighborhood school which has been recruiting Holiday since his recruitment began.
On the other side is Washington, the school up the coast where Holiday's brother Justin Holiday will be a freshman member of the team next year.
With the pull of strong relationships on both sides, it is not going to be an easy decision for Holiday.
"My brother will be at Washington next year, and Coach Romar is the type of guy who everyone loves," said Holiday at the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs. "Their style of play is my style of play. They push the ball, press and play at a fast pace.
"And what is there to say about UCLA- the strong history, the two final fours the past two years. Their defense is crazy. It's the type of defense I'm trying to play. I also like the three guys they have coming in."
The three players going to UCLA in Holiday's class are Drew Gordon, Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson. Holiday teamed up with Lee and Anderson at the USA Basketball Festival, highlighting an ironic twist in his recruitment by the Bruins. Lee and Anderson both played point guard for the USA Blue squad, but the best point guard on the team was Holiday, who averaged eight assists and only two turnovers throughout the event. But Holiday, who emulates Dwayne Wade and Baron Davis, isn't too concerned about which guard position he plays in college.
"I'll play the one or the two," he said. "It really doesn't matter as long as I'm on the court. Defense is my thing any way."
Both Wade and Davis are good comparisons for Holiday, who is a physical guard with superb athleticism and an elite skill level. In fact, Holiday talks with Davis on a regular basis.
"Baron heard about me playing for Campbell Hall because we play in the same league as his old high school Crossroads," said Holiday about the former UCLA Bruin. "He said they used to kill us, but we smash them now. We just talk about playing ball and don't get into any of the recruiting stuff."
Holiday, who is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, hopes to end his recruitment sooner than later.
Jrue Holiday scouting report:
A true combo guard, Holiday is the most complete guard prospect in the 2008 class. He is an explosive athlete, yet efficient player with a smooth stroke from deep and the ability to slash to the basket and finish in a variety of ways. In fact, he is actually a better driver and finisher with his left hand. On the other side of the ball, he can lock down either guard position and is a strong rebounder.
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