Holiday commits to UCLA

Aaron Hokiday

Steve Alford reeled in his first commitment of the 2015 class and it was a big one. Aaron Holiday, a four-star prospect, is headed to UCLA.

Aaron Holiday is headed to UCLA.

The brother of former UCLA player and current NBA standout Jrue Holiday pledged to UCLA on Sunday following an unofficial visit. Holiday's father – Shawn Holiday – confirmed the news.

"First of all it's good to go where they really want you," Holiday said. "UCLA seems to really want him. It doesn't hurt that it's UCLA and it's close to home."

"He really liked the coaching staff and likes the things that are going on over there," he added.

Holiday took multiple unofficial visits to UCLA and Steve Alford watched him play on Friday in the CIF Playoffs. Holiday went for 43 points in that game.

"I think he'll fit in really well," the elder Holiday told Scout.com. "I like that they get up and down in the open court. They do some pick and roll things and I think Steve is really good at that."

Holiday was being pursued by a number of schools including USC, Gonzaga, Harvard, Connecticut, Stanford, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Washington and Washington State. In the end, Holiday had it down to two schools.

"He's been thinking about where he wanted to go," Holiday said. "He narrowed it down to UCLA and USC. It didn't hurt that he could go to school with his sister for a few years. He's been weighing the pros and cons."

"This is where he wanted to go and we asked him why and he said he felt the overall system would be conducive to what he does and he fits into what they are doing."

Holiday, a 6-foot, 165-pound lead guard out of North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, is a dynamic athlete with terrific body control. He's a talented passer, a high-level scorer and ranks No. 2 at the point guard position.

Holiday is ranked No. 28 overall and is the Bruins first commitment in the 2015 class.

Alford has had quite a bit of success on the recruiting trail since landing at UCLA. Holiday is his fifth top 50 commitment. Alford's 2014 recruiting class currently ranks No. 7 overall.

This is the second Southern California guard to choose UCLA recently. 2016 five-star guard Lonzo Ball committed to the Bruins on January 8th.

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