Former UCLA athlete Lauren Holiday to undergo brain surgery

UCLA's Lauren Cheney scores a goal against USC during the semi-finals of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer tournament at Aggie Soccer Stadium at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Trevor Brown, Jr./NCAA Photos)

UCLA’s Lauren Cheney scores a goal against USC during the semi-finals of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer tournament at Aggie Soccer Stadium at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Trevor Brown, Jr./NCAA Photos)

Former UCLA women’s soccer play Lauren Holiday, who is expecting her first child with her husband, former UCLA men’s basketball player Jrue Holiday, will undergo brain surgery later this fall on a benign tumor.

Lauren, formerly known as Lauren Cheney, was a star forward for the Bruins and was the first UCLA player to earn NSCAA/adidas First-Team All-America honors all four years of her career. She is a two-time Olympic goal medalist with the U.S. women’s national team but retired last summer to start a family.

Jrue is currently playing with the New Orleans Pelicans, but will miss time this coming season while he cares for Lauren after the birth and her surgery.

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UCLA signs four-star point guard Aaron Holiday

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. Continue reading

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Aaron Holiday commits to UCLA, following siblings Jrue and Lauren

Another Holiday is coming to UCLA.

Four-star guard Aaron Holiday, rated the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2015, has committed to the Bruins according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-1 Campbell Hall standout is an exceptional athlete who can score in bunches, recently dropping a 26-point fourth quarter on Viewpoint.

He follows in the footsteps of his brother Jrue and sister Lauren. Continue reading

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