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Look At Them Now: Justin Holiday

February, 24, 2011
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Justin HolidayJesse Beals / Icon SMIJustin Holiday's versatility makes him extremely valuable to the Washington Huskies.


It must be difficult living in the supposed shadows of a sibling. Justin Holiday might understand this better than most considering his kid brother Jrue Holiday is enjoying success in the NBA nowadays while big brother is finishing up his college career at Washington.

Odds are, Justin has no problem with his brother earning a starting point guard gig with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. And who knows, with some continued improvement, perhaps the former Southland standout from North Hollywood Campbell Hall High will end up making name for himself and follow a similar path to the pros.

“Jrue was always special, but Justin was no slouch, not by any means,'' said one-time Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly, currently the head coach at Atlanta (GA) Holy Innocents Episcopal High. “You had the feeling that it was just a matter of time before Justin put it all together, and in my opinion, I think he's beginning to do that now. Thing is, his timing could not be much better.''

Kelly could be onto something here. After all, Holiday seemingly improves each and every game he is in the lineup and plays major minutes for the Huskies (19-8 overall), who will host UCLA on March 3 in a Pac-10 Conference game that will be televised by ESPN.

The 6-foot-6 senior forward, a co-captain along with Isaiah Thomas, ranks among the team leaders in per game averages of points (11.9), rebounds (5.2), assists (2.1) and steals (1.3). It is worth mentioning his field-goal percentage (.504) is up there with Washington's best.

Keep this in mind, Holiday was a seldom-used reserve as a freshman for the Huskies. He took a big step forward as a sophomore and was one of the first players off the bench. Accordingly, his role expanded during his junior season and he was named to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.

“You've got to like what you get with Justin,'' Kelly said. “He can play the three or the four and tends to gives people fits with his athleticism. Nothing has changed since I had him. I think his versatility is what separates him from the others and makes him attractive to minds in the NBA.''

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