Holiday set to sign

Sibling rivalry aside, Jrue Holiday is happy his brother will be playing college basketball. But the question still remains, will the player who could arguably be named the top prospect for the class of 2008 head the same direction as older brother Justin? That won't be determined for some time. All that we know right now is that Justin Holiday will sign with the Washington Huskies on Wednesday.

"He's been supportive. He's excited for me also," the 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward from Campbell Hall in North Hollywood Calif. told Tuesday night of Jrue. Justin will make it official early Wednesday morning, faxing in his Letter-of-Intent to Washington during the first day of the 2007 early signing period for high school basketball recruits.

Holiday is expected to join Matthew Bryan-Amaning, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward from Surrey, England - by way of the South Kent School in Connecticut. Early commit Isaiah Thomas from Curtis High in University Place is not expected to sign early, and the only other possible early signee is Darnell Gant, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles - and Gant has yet to make a verbal commitment to any school yet. He's currently deliberating between Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

Players have until November 15th to sign early. The late signing period for high school and junior college players starts April 11th, 2007 and goes until May 16th.

"I'm sending it in the morning," Holiday said when asked about how he plans on handling the signing. "At school, they have a time where they have all the kids that signed do something, so I'm going to be doing that too. It's a big day, I'm excited. We're going to have a party for it so my family can come out."

Lorenzo Romar will be Holiday's surrogate father at Washington for the next four or five years, and he's already helping to cement his relationship with frequent conversations leading up to Holiday's signing. "He (Romar) just tells me what's going to happen on signing day and he told me about their exhibition game (against St. Martins)," Holiday said. "He asks me about my grades all the time."

In fact, since actual team practice at Campbell Hall doesn't start until November 11th, Holiday has been making sure his grades are priority number-one. "I've just been working hard on keeping my grades up and doing all my schoolwork," he said. "That's what I've been focusing on right now."

Holiday may already have a passing SAT score, but is retaking the test in December anyways to make sure.

With the Holiday brothers acting as the focal points for Campbell Hall's attack, Justin feels that their chances for success this winter are strong. "We should have a pretty good team this year," he said. "We picked up three new players that play 'travel ball' too, so we should be pretty good."

And even when he's putting all his concentration toward making sure his high school team fulfills all their promise, he'll still have another team in the back of his head. "We had plans to go up there (to Washington) soon, but we decided to go later," Holiday said, adding that he's definitely going to be watching the Huskies on TV, and in person when they play at USC and UCLA.

And you can bet Jrue will be with him every step of the way.

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