Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 2:09 pm  |  16 responses

Jrue Holiday’s Defense And Effort

Great players can do it all.

Words by Justin Walsh

Jrue Holiday is the epitome of calculating, annoying composure. He has outstanding defensive chops, a solid jump shot, deft handles, picture perfect court vision and versatility out the wazzoo. He annoyed the L.A. Times with the extent of his composure, in fact. In a feature Jan. 11, they asked him to show more emotion.

Composure is just his bedrock. Why the hate on his emotion, or lack thereof? He *never* gives up on a play, always locks down on defense, and even when he plays poorly, he doesn’t let it get to him. Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson (and Brother-in-law of Barack Obama) kept hoping he would make a mistake. “We were hoping we could force him into making some mistakes and we weren’t capable of doing that.” Craig said.

In a recent game against USC, Demar DeRozan scored at will throughout the game with different players guarding him. With a minute left in the second half, Ben Howland called Jrue Holiday’s name to play defense on the Trojan. Jrue locked down. Demar tried to cross, nothing happened. He tried to drive, no go. He even faced up for a jump shot—alas, no good. Jrue Holiday assured UCLA a close 64-60 victory by locking down one of the most athletic guards in the country.

He did so with a straight face. Jrue Holiday may not get as much attention as he deserves in the media, but basketball sure respects his game. Sit back and enjoy a mix dedicated to the composure, the hustle, and the defense of Jrue Holiday.

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  • Ben Norman

    damn thats what i call hustle

  • Jackie Moon

    Hustle and Flow.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    JRUE! that’s my boy

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Jrue’s composure, focus and dedication separate him from other talented players this June. Good stuff, Justin!

  • riggs

    haha dude was like a cartoon character out there, nice hustle young man.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Guys, Jrue just works harder than other cats on the floor- it’s crazy.

  • j-smoov 5

    Dang. I’m known for being a defender when I play ball and this dude is hell when they’re guarded by him.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    He is the one guy I look at and cringe on the court- from a standpoint that I would beg him to guard somebody else. Anybody else, I’d be cool because 99% of players take AT LEAST one or two plays off, if not more. This kid is just ballin’ 100% of the time. It’s ridiculous. He’s doing the SAME thing at UCLA right now.

  • niQ

    wow. defense will definitely get him recognition from the L.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    so will his great personality, good morals, wet jumper, and ability to score when he gets the ball. Also, he’s fairly apt at moving without the ball.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    He definitely works his ass off, but just to check all the love, he looks bigger than almost everyone else in those HS clips and he’s a PG in college and (eventually) the pros. But he’s certainly scrappy and seems to have a nose for the ball.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    ciolkstar, I just want to point out that the team he is playing in that clip is Derrick Favors led South Atlanta HS- They are in the top 20 in the nation right now, so It’s a strong team. Also, he locks down in college as well. Trust me, he plays just like that in college.

  • cozza

    Hes not playing for UCLA in that vid…but it’s on UCLA’s court??? Who was he playing for, his high school?

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    Correct, Campbell Hall was playing Derrick Favors’ led South Atlanta HS.

  • Eazy Yi

    These upperdeck LeBron adverts are giving me hell… They’ve air brushed his tatoos!

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    wouldn’t be the first time media or companies airbrush tats or blemishes for numbers!