"A number of sources are indicating that UCLA freshman guard Jrue Holiday and his parents will meet with UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland today, to tell him that Holiday will submit his name into this spring's NBA Draft and test the waters"
I would have liked to see him come back and prove himself a little more, he would have had a great opportunity to run the show next year with Collison gone. Personally I think this is a mistake and he's jumping the gun, hopefully he proves me wrong!
yeaa dude why is this guy leaving I wanted to see if he was going to be the man. Bad Decision, unless he kills in workouts or something. Doubt he hire an agent though.
i havn't see him play is he a pure point guard or combo
More of a combo guard, but should have no problems running the point. I like his game but, I agree that he would be better served staying one year and playing point full time. But maybe he will be similar to Westbrook in the fact that he wil be able to swing between both guard spots with ease even though he's not as explosive as Westbrook.
the infoin the article did say he was gonna "test the waters" so i doubt he hires an agent yet, too eprizzle. he's def. more of a combo like westbrook, but the difference is also that westbrook stayed for the second year at UCLA. westbrook wasn't even a pro prospect after his frosh season like jrue is, but that sophomore yr. can reeeeeally do wonders for some players and i think jrue would benefit a lot and really be able to prove his abilities with a second yr in college.
the kid can play point better then what we saw against VCU.. So sit back and see..
He is one of the most overrated players I have ever heard of.
Honestly this is a player who seemingly has a lot of potential. I believe that by declaring himself for the draft he is simply testing the waters and will not find it beneficial to go this year. He could develop into one of top college players if he stays at least another year. If he goes now he would possibly squeek into the top 14, and by staying another year he could develop himself into a top 5 pick. ADVICE: STAY ONE MORE YEAR!!
I know he has not played up to expectations, but when he was in high school I saw him play. He was really good like a skilled ballhandler. When in high school he was almost like a D-Wade Deron Williams mix...........He was amazing, hope he can prove it in the NBA.
I dont know y he is entering the draft this year. He is a great player but he's not gone get drafted as high as he would if he stayed another year. I just dont want to see him at the end of the bench like a Brandon Wright who had so much hype coming out as a freshman. He could be a Monta Ellis player who need time to develop.
I've heard things like him not fitting in well in Howland's system and/or not liking it there. I don't know if there's anything true about him not liking it playing at UCLA, but that would explain why he would go into the draft. He's a great player that was playing out of position since Collison was there, but there's a good chance that he could do well in the pre-draft workouts and get back into the lottery if he shows that he can play the point. The potential is definitely there. If he comes back, he'll definitely put up some nice numbers playing his correct position.
I also heard that he REALLY doesnt like playing for Howland in that system, but UCLA had some seniors that were playing for their futures so they could have made the situation a little harder for a hotshot freshman that could have stole some of their shine. The mistake he is making is that the pre-draft process is not like it used to be, the is no more pre-draft camp in Orlando and that means no more five on five games for scouts to evaluate. Now the pre-draft is in chi-town at Moody Bible and it will be similar to the NFL combine, they will do all the measurements like normal and then they will run position specifics drills for the prospects, but no five on five. So its gonna be tuff for a guy like Holiday. He is not a superior athlete so he wont grade out well in that regard, and he didnt do anything on the court his first year (that stood out) so scouts wont have good game tape to look at either. I think his high school pedigree will still get him into the first round, but he would do nothing but benifit (barring injury) if he stayed another year.
Jrue is a good player who has a chance to be great, a little bit of a combo gaurd like westbrook with more pg skill and less explosiveness. one thing that will help him from day one is his defensive prowless, even though collison is slated as the great defender Holiday guarded the opposing teams best player night in and night out this ability and willingness to gaurd the top player on the other team will help him in his transition. Very smooth player with great feel for the overall game, and needs a little time to marinade in the NBA but will do a good job and be a good player.
chance to be great????..i still dont see it