Holiday Talks Recruiting

MINNEAPOLIS --- After traveling to Delaware last week, Jrue Holiday and his North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall teammates were on the move again this weekend. For the second week in a row the 6-3 junior found himself in a climate a bit different than sunny Los Angeles.

In chilly Minneapolis for the Timberwolves Shootout, Holiday had little trouble keeping himself warm in a 20-point, 12-rebound and seven-assist outing in Campbell Hall's 71-61 win over defending Minnesota state champs Hopkins.

Always a tough guy to pin down for an interview, Inside Carolina was able to spend some time with Holiday postgame Saturday evening and find out the status of his recruitment. Somewhat surprisingly, he says that things really haven't gotten that hectic.

"The coaches have asked me when they should call and stuff," said Holiday. "So it's really not that crazy. I'm trying to get my work done, I've got finals in a couple weeks so right now it's been pretty mellow. It's probably going to catch up again soon."

So far Holiday is doing his best to listen to all comers and make sure he sees what each school have to offer. But, a group of schools seems to be the most persistent at this time.

"Washington, my brother is going there, North Carolina, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Texas and Florida State," said Holiday "They've all offered (scholarships)."

Among the coaches who Holiday said have been in to see him the most is North Carolina's Roy Williams. Holiday said that he would likely visit UNC at some point and discussed how UNC and Williams have approached his recruitment.

"He's (Roy Williams) been real cool," said Holiday. "When he calls me he's like ‘Is it a good time to talk?' He's the one who has asked me ‘How much do you want me to call you?' ‘Am I calling too much?' ‘Am I calling too little?' It seems like he really wants me to go their school."

Earlier in the day, another UNC target from Los Angeles, Larry Drew, had mentioned that he wouldn't mind playing with Holiday on the college level. The two will be AAU teammates on the circuit this spring and summer. According to Drew, the two hadn't really discussed it. But, when asked about whether he shared the same feelings, Holiday was quick to compliment Drew.

"I'd definitely play with Larry Drew," said Holiday of his LA counterpart. "He's a good person off the court and a good friend. On the court he's a good passer, as you can see. He throws tremendous passes through the lane and he can shoot. So yeah I'd play with Larry."

Next up for the 16-year-old guard is to narrow his list of schools down and to start setting up visits. Given his comments, it looks like that may be a little while even though he's got a pretty good idea of what he's looking for.

"Toward the end of the summer and towards the beginning of school," said Holiday of a plan for visits. "I would love to play with my brother (Justin Holiday, Washington).

"But it is basically what school fits me and style of play, get up and down the floor. The sets, I can run sets and everything but I think it's more fun if we fly up and down the floor."

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