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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Junior PG, UCLA Aaron Holiday

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Who's Up Next Player Profile: Junior PG, UCLA Aaron Holiday

Lil’ bro got big bro game. Those who don’t reside on the West Coast may not be up late enough to tune in to Pac-12 hoops, but those who do have been delighted by UCLA’s No. 3 for the past three seasons. Coming from arguably Los Angeles’ most esteemed basketball bloodline, the youngest Holiday, Aaron, enjoyed by far the most success at the collegiate level -- sorry Jrue and Justin, lil’ bro got you. At 6-foot-1, Holiday doesn’t have the “ideal” height GMs gush over, which could lead to problems defensively as a rookie -- something every league frosh endures no matter the height. He does, however, possess extremely long arms and hounds opposing point guards similarly to Jrue. Also like his All-Star older brother, Aaron is comfortable on or off the ball and accurately drains catch-and-shoot jumpers from range -- he made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts in each of his three campaigns in Westwood. His decision-making out of the pick-and-roll might be the best in the rookie class, and it showed as he ran it effectively as a Bruin and averaged team bests in both points (20.3) and assists (5.3). Add his proficiency running NBA-style offenses to elite body control and a crafty knack for finishing around the rim and you have a menace built to torch defenders. Drawing comparisons to Duke great Jay Williams and C.J. Watson, Holiday could be another late-first-round floor general who comes in, makes a difference right away and enjoys a long, successful career.