Jrue Randall Holiday is an American professional basketball player who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Holiday played his high school basketball at the Campbell Hall School in the Los Angeles district of Studio City, California. In his senior year, he averaged 25.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 4.8 steals per game. He helped the team to end the season with a 31–5 record and win the California Division IV state title.
Holiday was named the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year, a Parade Magazine First Team All-American and was rated by Rivals.com. as the No. 1 point guard and the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2008 Holiday decided to play his college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. In his freshman season, Holiday averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in 27.1 minutes per game and was named Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors.
Holiday decided to forgo his final three years of college and declare himself for the NBA Draft. Holiday was drafted as the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was selected for the first time as an All-Star in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game as an Eastern Conference reserve, making him the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.
In the 2012-13 off-season, Holiday was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Pelicans' 2014 first-round draft pick and Nerlens Noel. He re-signed with the Pelicans in 2017. In the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, Holiday scored a playoff-career-high 41 points as the Pelicans completed a first-round sweep of the Trail Blazers with a 131–123 victory. For the series, he averaged 27.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. The Pelicans went onto lose the second round against the Golden State Warriors in 5 games.