Fanatics Pre-Draft Scouting Report: Jrue Holiday
8.5 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 spg 45% (FG%), 52.8% (2pt%), 30% (3Pt%)
If he was without a promise of a top five position, his advisers (he has no agent but IMG and Don Fegan popped up in rumors) would probably advise him to go back to UCLA and re-enter the draft next year. UCLA Coach Ben Howland promised Holiday that he would have the ball in his hands next season if he decided to return to school. Another year would have allowed him to erase the bad freshman year from recent memory and to strengthen his reputation for a higher slot and more money next year. However, his workouts, during which he played his natural position (point guard), seems to have impressed the Kings who have the 4th spot and had him in workouts twice. According to one reporter, Holiday’s defensive skills did not match Jennings’ speed but Jennings did not prove he could run a team in the part of the workout open to reporters. He is also being considered to run alongside Stephen Jackson and Monte Ellis in Golden State which has the 7th pick.
Holiday has the physical tools. He seems to have a nice emotional and intellectual demeanor. Holiday says that he tries to model his game after Chauncey Billups and Deron Williams. His major problem is those weak freshman year stats he’s carrying around with him. 8.5 points per game . Everyone understands, however, that his freshman year was not optimal for showcasing his true skills because he played the 2 spot, instead of his natural position, next to senior point guard Nick Collison. The positive from the experience was that Jrue learned to deal with adversity and spent a lot of time playing off the ball which is not a bad skill to develop.
The videotape is not spectacular, but his skills are very solid. He clearly needs to learn to shoot better, but he can hit from anywhere on the floor. He has a nice pull-up jumper. He can drive to the hoop with strength and absorb the contact. He certainly needs to improve on his woeful shooting (he knows that) from the arc and 72.6% from the free throw line for someone who can create a shot on the drive does not get one excited. He also admits a need to work on his ballhandling. I did not see a problem there and he only averaged 2.0 TOs in 27 minutes per game, so I think he should be fine there.What gets you excited though is his defensive ability and overall tenacity. This guy plays both sides of the ball with intensity. I love it.
JRUE’S VIDEO LIBRARY
Jrue Holiday Mixes
Jrue Holiday UCLA Highlights
Draft Preview: Jrue Holiday
NBA draft prospect Jrue Holiday’s college highlights – Watch more Videos at Vodpod.
Jrue Holiday v. DeMar Derozan
Jrue Holiday Plays Defense
Jrue Holiday Workout With Sacramento Kings
Jrue Holiday Interviews
Ben Howland on Jrue Holiday
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