UCLA has officially signed four-star point guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of former Bruin and current New Orleans Pelicans’ guard Jrue Holiday.
Aaron Holiday is one of two commitments that UCLA currently holds in the class of 2015. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard is ranked the No. 58 best prospect in the country by Rivals.com, and No. 36 by Scout.com. A natural scorer with impressive athleticism, Holiday was named CIF Southern Section Division 4A Player of the Year after his junior season at North Hollywood’s Campbell Hall.
“Aaron is a very talented player who we know will really help our backcourt next season,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “He is a quick, tough guard who possesses the ability to be both an efficient scorer and a lockdown defender. Our coaching staff is excited to add a player of Aaron’s caliber, both on and off the court, to our 2015 class, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Bruin family.”
Older brother Jrue Holiday only spent one season with the Bruins, averaging 8.5 points, 3.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds while playing out of position next to then-starting point guard Darren Collison. He declared for the 2009 NBA draft, and was picked 17th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He is averaging 14.8 points and 6.8 assists for the Pelicans this season.
Lauren Holiday, their sister, played for the UCLA women’s basketball team but medically retired in July due to head injuries.
UCLA is still waiting to receive a letter of intent from four-star shooting guard Prince Ali, currently its only other 2015 commitment. Ali played a year of prep ball with current freshman forward Gyorgy Goloman at Sagemont (Fla.) High, and should pair with Holiday to form an athletic, defensive-minded backcourt.