Holiday Focused on Improving

ATLANTA --- Among the most impressive attendees at adidas Nation this past weekend was Campbell Hall (Calif.) standout Jrue Holiday. After going 33-1 and winning a state championship this year, Holiday continued his great leadership and play at the workouts.

Holiday showed a skill level that's far superior to the majority of the 2008 class. At 6-foot-4, Holiday is capable of playing either guard spot and is among the better ball handlers in the class as he handles the rock equally well with either hand. He also showed a good-looking stroke, athleticism and high basketball IQ.

According to Holiday he still needs to gain strength and work on his conditioning before he reaches the next level.

"I'm trying to get bigger and faster," he said. "I haven't lifted in the longest time and I'm probably one of the last people to come to training because I was at state. I guess I need to get back to getting bigger, faster and working on my jump shot."

Holiday, who is ranked the No. 3 prospect in the nation by Scout.com, listed UCLA, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona and Washington as the schools working him the hardest. However, he said most schools have given him space recently.

"It's going good," he said of his recruitment. "The schools haven't been on me so hard because of being at state so I haven't talked to most of them in a while."

Just a month ago Holiday visited North Carolina and he came away impressed with the atmosphere during their game against Wake Forest, which included reunions for the 1957 and 1982 national championship teams.

"It was cool. I got to meet Michael Jordan and I got to see Sam Perkins and the ‘82 team."

The athletic combo guard, who plans to play with the Pump N' Run club team this spring and summer, insisted that he's more focused on getting better than his recruitment right now.

"I haven't really talked about it. I just want to go somewhere that I can fit in and get to the next level."

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