UCLA guard Aaron Holiday has decided to enter the 2018 NBA draft, he announced on Monday night (via Twitter). A source tells Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports (Twitter link) that Holiday will hire an agent, signaling that he’s not just testing the waters — the junior will forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility.
Holiday, the younger brother of NBA players Jrue Holiday and Justin Holiday, enjoyed a major breakout season for the Bruins in 2017/18, increasing his scoring average by eight points per game to 20.3 PPG. That mark tied him with Arizona’s Deandre Ayton for the Pac-12 scoring lead. Holiday also chipped in 5.8 APG and 3.7 RPG, shooting 42.9% on three-point attempts.
Currently ranked as the No. 19 prospect on Jonathan Givony’s big board at ESPN.com, Holiday showed up at No. 23 in Givony’s latest mock draft. ESPN’s top draft guru identified Holiday’s “microwave scoring ability, long wingspan, and toughness” as a few of his most attractive traits.
We’re keeping tabs on the full list of early entrants for the 2018 draft right here.