Holiday Picked 17th by the Philadelphia 76ers in NBA Draft
June 25, 2009
NEW YORK - UCLA's Jrue Holiday was the 17th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009 NBA Draft tonight in New York at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden. Holiday was the fifth first-round draft pick for UCLA in the last four years, which currently ties Connecticut for the most in the nation.
Holiday became the 105th UCLA player to be selected in NBA draft history (UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, since 1948). UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 13 years (since the 1997 draft), which is the longest streak in the nation. Holiday is only the second guard in the history of the NBA Draft to be selected in the first round without averaging double figures in scoring (8.5 ppg). The first was Ohio State's Daequan Cook, who averaged 9.8 points per game for the Buckeyes and was the 21st pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat.
As a freshman, Holiday started all 35 games at guard while helping the Bruins compile a record of 26-9 and a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 Conference (13-5) in 2008-09. The Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honoree was fifth on the team in scoring (8.5 ppg), third in rebounding (3.8 rpg) and second in assists (3.7 apg) last year.
He ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in assists, 4th in steals (1.6 spg) and 6th in assist/turnover ratio (1.7). His 100 percent shooting from the field (8-for-8) in the win over Florida International (Nov. 29) tied for the third-best performance in the Pac-10. His six steals in the win over Cal State Northridge (Dec. 7) was a season-high and tied for the single-best mark in the Pac-10 last year. He scored a career-high 20 points in the win over FIU and scored a Pac-10 high of 15 points to go with six rebounds, five assists and two steals in the home win over Stanford (Jan. 31). He had his only double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the home win over Louisiana Tech (Dec. 28).
Holiday was named honorable mention CollegHoops.net All-Freshman and won UCLA's Seymour Armond Memorial Award (Most Valuable Freshman) and shared the Bruin Hoopsters J.D. Morgan Memorial Award (Outstanding Team Play) with guard/forward Michael Roll.
Additionally, Holiday is the ninth Bruin to be drafted in the Howland era, joining Russell Westbrook (4th pick by Seattle), Kevin Love (5th pick by Memphis) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (37th pick by Milwaukee) last year; Arron Afflalo (27th pick by Detroit) in 2007; Jordan Farmar (26th pick by Los Angeles Lakers) and Ryan Hollins (50th pick by Charlotte) in 2006; Dijon Thompson (54th pick by New York Knicks) in 2005 and Trevor Ariza (43rd pick by New York Knicks) in 2004.