Friday, May 29, 2015

Sixers pick Holiday at No. 17

The Sixers selected UCLA's Jrue Holiday tonight with the 17th pick in the NBA draft.

Sixers pick Holiday at No. 17

The Sixers selected UCLA's Jrue Holiday tonight with the 17th pick in the NBA draft.

Holiday is a 6-3, 180-pound freshman who played out of position at UCLA last season. Darren Collison was the Bruins' point guard and Holiday played shooting guard. His future is at the point. He was named to the All-Pac 10 freshman team. He averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 27.1 minutes per game.

Hoilday was the 2008 Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He played high school ball at Campbell Hall High, in California. According to, he collects shoes as a hobby.

He is the first UCLA player ever drafted by the Sixers.

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