Jrue Holiday, the 6-3 shooting guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, will take an unofficial visit to the University of Washington this weekend. His older brother, Justin Holiday, the 6-6 senior small forward, will be an incoming freshman at Washington for this upcoming year and the younger Holiday is going to Washington to "drop off" his brother. It will give the Washington coaching staff a chance to impress the younger Holiday, and try to turn around the strong leaning he has toward UCLA at this point.
Holiday recently was on UCLA's campus, where he took in a workout, and then later hung out with UCLA's players, including ex-Bruin Jordan Farmar, going to dinner with them at the Beverly Center. Committed junior guard Jerime Anderson, from Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon, who is a long-time friend of Holiday's, was also there. The word from the trip was that Holiday was very comfortable, and that there were a number of indications that he was heavily leaning toward UCLA.
It's believed that Holiday could announce a decision soon after this weekend's visit to Washington.
Holiday will then be in Colorado Springs next week, when he participates in the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival June 20-24, which features three U.S. teams comprised of high schoolers from around the country, and one team from Brazil.
Along with Holiday, also participating is Anderson, as well as UCLA's other committed 2008 players, 6-4 guard Malcolm Lee from Riverside (Calif.) North, and 6-8 forward Drew Gordon from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty.
Also competing is 2009 forward Reeves Nelson, from Modesto (Calif.) Christian.
Holiday, Anderson and Reeves all play on the same AAU team, Pump N Run.
UCLA continues to stay in touch with Demar Derozan, the 6-6 small forward from Compton (Calif.) High, who recently moved up to #11 in the nation rankings by Scout.com's Dave Telep.
Derozan is currently verbally committed to USC, but it's considered a very soft verbal, with Derozan openly admitting he's considering other schools. North Carolina, in fact, recently offered him a scholarship, and he also said he'll visit Arizona State.
Derozan had planned to visit UCLA's campus last week, but it fell through. The word is that he plans to reschedule.
It's believed that, if UCLA offered Derozan, they would quickly be a strong contender for his services.
Currently, UCLA has commitments from Anderson, Lee and Gordon. If the Bruins do indeed get Holiday, they'd ideally be trying to round out the class with one more big. But if they couldn't get an elite big, they could very well offer Derozan.
UCLA is looking nationally for bigs since there aren't many on the west coast. One local big, the 6-6 Tyreese Breshers, from Los Angeles Price, is a potential option. Breshers, as we've written about many times, is undersized, but plays much bigger than he is, utilizing very good hops and length. Breshers recently was on UCLA's campus, where he met with the coaches. For Breshers to be a Bruin, it's thought that Breshers would probably have to attend the UCLA camp July 1-3, so he can get in front of and instructed by UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland. As of this point, it's not certain Breshers will attend the UCLA camp, and there have been indications he could want to make a decision on a school fairly soon. Washington and Washington State have offered and look like the two programs that would be most likely to get a commitment from him. Breshers was recently ranked #79 in the Scout.com rankings.