Mar 11, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Teondre Williams (22) and Washington Huskies forward Justin Holiday (22) scramble for a loose ball during the second half of semifinal game at the 2011 NCAA Pac-10 men

Portland Trail Blazers Sign Jrue's Brother, F Justin Holiday


It’s not major news, but the Portland Trail Blazers have added Justin Holiday, a 6-6 guard/forward out of Washington, to complete their 20-man training camp roster.

And yes, he’s related to Jrue; his older brother to be exact.

Holiday made a living with the Huskies as a defensive stopper and somewhat of a stat sheet stuffer. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds, and played 12 games where he posted at least one block and one steal. Holiday was also named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior before going overseas to play in Belgium.

If there’s one reason why the Blazers would want to hang onto Holiday, it’s because of his defense. His teammates at Washington used to call him “the Fireman” because of his ability to extinguish even the hottest player on the court. A solid man defender would fit beautifully into coach Stotts’ defensive game plan, which relies heavily on isolation defense and not getting beat.

Still, the journey will be tough for Holiday to earn a spot on the roster. He was undrafted out of Washington and has already been cut from the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp squad. Even with Aalstar, one of the more premier teams in Belgium, Holiday could only muster up a mere 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 33 games.

Portland’s clearly got their eyes on stocking their team with defensive talent, but Holiday may not make the final cut. If he doesn’t, all he can do is continue to work on his game and hope to make a team somewhere else.

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