It seems that Jrue Holiday’s talent could not wait four years of college before he showed the world what he can do. The Californian started playing basketball in high school. Here he showed what he could do and continued to improve his game. He collected several awards and was highly rated.
After moving to college, he only played for UCLA for one year before he became a pro for the Philadelphia 76ers through the 2009 NBA Draft. Since then he has moved to the New Orleans Pelicans where he received his second professional all-star endorsement.
Jrue Holiday’s Bio, Age
The story of Jrue Randall Holiday begins in Chatsworth, California, where he was born on June 12, 1990. He gets his interest in basketball from his parents, who were both basketball players as well. Jrue spent the necessary number of years at Campbell Hall School in his hometown Los Angeles. In his senior year, he earned double-digit points and rebounds and led his high school team to the California Division IV championship. For his senior year performances, Parade Magazine named him Gatorade National Player of the Year 2008 and First Team All-American.
Jrue Holiday’s time at the University of California, Los Angeles, was equally successful, albeit of short duration. In his only year with the UCLA Bruins, he played 35 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals. He was also rewarded with Pac-10 All-Freshman Team Honors.
After his freshman year, Jrue announced his intention to participate in the 2009 NBA Draft. This meant that he had to give up the rest of his college education to become a pro. As a top prospect, he was surprisingly placed 17th in the overall standings in the first round of the exercise. During the selection process, he was added to the Philadelphia 76ers player roster.
He immediately began to make his mark on the team, performing well against players such as the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls, and the New Jersey Nets. In the four years, he was on the team, he scored a career-high of 35 points against the New York Knicks and also had a string of double-digit performances. In his fourth and final year in the franchise, he was named to the team for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, making him the youngest player in the history of the ’76s to be named All-Star.
In mid-2013, Jrue Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans with Nerlens Noel and a first-round 2014 draft pick that moved in the opposite direction. In his first election campaign, he did not have the opportunity to fully develop on the field as he suffered an injury at the end of the season that put him under the knife in February 2014. Nevertheless, he managed 34 missions and achieved an average of 14.3 points, 7.98 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
Almost a year after he went under the knife, he was disqualified from a game due to an injury to his right leg. One month later, however, Jrue had already reached a remarkable milestone of 5000 points in his professional career. This injury cost him no fewer than 41 games. A year later, he hit a career-high of 38 points against the Charlotte Hornets before being put on ice for the rest of the season due to another injury.
Holiday signed an improved contract with the Pelicans in July 2017 and recorded a memorable season highlight double against the Toronto Raptors on November 9th. He continued to perform well against many teams, including his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Later he also scored 41 points in a single game against the Trail Blazers.
Family: Parents, Brothers
The Pelicans’ player comes from a family of basketball enthusiasts. Both his parents, Shawn and Toya Holiday, both played the game at Arizona State and his mother was Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1982.
His brothers Justin and Aaron both went a step further and became pros. His younger brother Aaron also played at UCLA and was selected in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. Jrue’s little sister Lauren attended the same college where she played on the school’s women’s basketball team.
Who is Jrue Holiday’s Wife? Kids
It makes sense that Jrue decided to start a life with someone who shared his and his family’s love of sports and athletics. In July 2013 he walked down the aisle with Lauren Cheney. Cheney plays for the women’s national soccer team of the United States. The couple met when they were both students at UCLA. It only took a compliment from Lauren for them to become good friends. At the time, they were both in a relationship, but after Holiday joined the 76ers, they soon began dating.
The couple enjoys hosting joint basketball and soccer clinics at their alma mater. In 2016, Jrue had to take an indefinite leave of absence from the pelicans to care for Cheney, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was very pregnant at that time and gave birth to her daughter Jrue Tyler Holiday a few weeks before she went under the knife to take care of the tumor.
Height and Weight
Everyone who has ever watched Jrue on the field will agree that his size is as massive as his talent. The one-year-old college player stands at an outstanding height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighs an athletically ready 205 lbs (93 kg).