Mar 072014


Aaron Holiday commits to UCLA, coming off 42-point game for Campbell Hall

By Jacob H. Pollon, Special to the Los Angeles Daily News

Aaron Holiday, a 6-foot-1, junior guard at Campbell Hall, committed to play basketball at UCLA late Sunday night, his mother Toya said.

Holiday wowed onlookers and UCLA coach Steve Alford Friday with a 42-point performance against Village Christian.

“I chose UCLA because it is a great school with a great coaching staff and great education,” Holiday said. “They wanted me the most. They were really up front with me. I can go there and be myself. I decided to commit now because I felt it’s the right place for me and why wait?”

Holiday averaged over 30 points per game this season and scored 36, 39 and 42 points in his final three playoff games, which ended in a 91-75 setback Friday.

Holiday becomes the third person from his family to pledge to the Bruins.

Older brother Jrue, now with the New Orleans Hornets, played one season for former coach Ben Howland in 2011 and sister Lauren is a current member of the women’s team.

Holiday has been a coveted recruit since his junior high days.

He burst onto the scene with a 54-point performance in a summer league game against Simi Valley at Crespi High in June of 2011.

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