Aaron Holiday is following in the footsteps of his brother Jrue and sister Lauren, as the 4-star point guard reportedly committed to UCLA on Monday, per Josh Gershon of Scout.com:
2015 North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall PG Aaron Holiday has committed to #UCLA, per a source.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) March 3, 2014
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the younger Holiday is the 17th-best point guard in the country and 66th-best recruit overall for 2015. He's the first member of what will likely be a strong recruiting class for the Bruins.
Although Holiday is listed as a point guard, Gershon thinks he may be able to fit in as a combo guard because of his balanced skill set:
Aaron Holiday is a big pick up for UCLA. Elite athlete and competitor who can score and defend at a high level. Legit combo guard.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) March 3, 2014
Rivals' Alex Kline shares what UCLA fans can expect in 2015:
A few schools were involved for Aaron Holiday, which made the early decision to UCLA logical. The 4-star is an elite passer who can score.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) March 3, 2014
Steve Alford has done a great job locking up the point guard position for the next few years. Sophomore Kyle Anderson has settled well into a point role. If he stays in school all four years, by the time he's gone, the Bruins will have Holiday and Lonzo Ball, a top 2016 recruit who has already committed to the school:
UCLA already had a commitment from 2016 in-state PG Lonzo Ball. Now they have another in-state commit at PG from 2015 stud Aaron Holiday.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) March 3, 2014
Jrue Holiday was a star for the Bruins during his one year at the school (2008-09). Since arriving in the NBA, he's been named to one All-Star team. Jrue's younger sister, Lauren, is a redshirt freshman for UCLA's women's basketball team.
It's safe to say that Aaron Holiday has the bloodlines to succeed in Los Angeles. Having a great point guard is an invaluable asset in basketball, so for Alford to have already secured Holiday's commitment is a major coup.
UCLA has shown signs of progress on the court this season, moving on from Ben Howland. With the way that Alford has hit the recruiting trail, there's no reason to think that the Bruins won't become a national powerhouse again soon.