Holiday pickup big for Bruins

How big of a commitment is UCLA landing in Aaron Holiday? breaks down the 2015 combo guard's game.

On Monday, UCLA landed a big commitment from Aaron Holiday, a 6-foot, 175-pound combo guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall.

Holiday is ranked 28th overall in's 2015 Top 100 and given his consistent progress as a player and upside as an elite athlete, his status as one of the top guards in his class likely won't be threatened anytime soon.

What kind of player is UCLA getting in Aaron Holiday?

While the well put together combo guard is definitely score-first, he's made enough progress as a point guard that at the end of the day, assuming he doesn't grow, there's reason to believe he'll be able to play that position at the next level.

However, Holiday's elite scoring ability, body control, competitiveness and athleticism will allow him to move off the ball, score and also defend bigger two guards.

When Holiday arrived on the scene before his freshman season at Campbell Hall, he was pretty wild but he's cut a lot of that out of his game, although he still has some work to do. It's tough to be too critical of Holiday for being score-first, given his high school team requires that kind of production from him.

Holiday's biggest strength is his physical attributes and relentless attacking, competitve mentality. He could be the best player on the West Coast at finishing with contact and his body control is terrific attacking the rim. He uses a quick first step to get to the basket and once he gets there, he either finishes the lay-up, is fouled or both.

He's an improving shooter even though it's still an area he needs to get better at. His form is fine and he's made consistent progression as a shooter over the years. Holiday has added a floater to his game and it's something that has allowed him to stop over penetrating as much as he did earlier in his career.

Holiday has become a relentless on the ball defender and uses his strength, toughness and quickness to menace whoever he's guarding up and down the court. He's easily one of the top on the ball defenders on the West Coast regardless of class.

Another important aspect of Holiday's game is his competitive spirit. He shows up for big games, as evidenced by the 42 points he scored in a playoff game against Village Christian last Friday night. You never have to question how much Holiday wants to win.

With the development of both Holiday's brothers, Jrue (UCLA, New Orleans Pelicans) and Justin (Washington, Philadelphia 76ers), combined with his elite physical attributes, there's every reason to believe in Aaron's future.

The addition of Holiday is important for Steve Alford, who is getting a player that can play on and off the ball at the next level and has the upside to be one of the best guards in the Pac-12, with standard progress.

Aaron Holiday is one of the best guards in 2015 not only on the West Coast nationally and should make an early impact in Westwood.

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