Biography: Already a strong defender, Holiday nearly doubled his scoring average in his final season at Washington and that might give him a chance to be selected in this year's draft. The projected small forward scored 5.9 points per game as a junior while earning Pac-10 first team all-defensive honors. He averaged 10.5 points in 2010-11 while continuing to show improvement in his shooting. The brother of Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday made a career-best 46.5 percent of his shots and connected at 35.9 percent (47 of 131) from 3-point range. He also finished tied for 10th in the conference with 41 steals and tied for 12th with 28 blocked shots. Often charged with guarding the opposition's top scorer, Holiday finished with honorable mention all-defensive honors this past season but didn't have a standout performance at the Portsmouth Invitational. Against fellow draft prospects, Holiday averaged 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in three games. He also had just one blocked shot and four steals in 68 minutes of play. Holiday will likely need to add some bulk and that could make teams wary of using a draft pick on him.
John W. McDonough