76ers select Jrue Holiday in NBA Draft

June 25, 2009 6:38:16 PM PDT
It's Jrue! Sixers select Holiday as the No. 17 pick in the NBA Draft. Holiday left the Bruins after only one season and could be used as a combo guard out of the backcourt. The Sixers need a true shooting guard and risk losing starting point guard Andre Miller, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Holiday averaged 8.5 points as UCLA's shooting guard last year and was rated the No. 1 point guard prospect in the country coming out of high school.

The Sixers had only one scheduled pick in Thursday night's draft.

Here is what ESPN.com has to say about the pick: "Holiday can take a huge sigh of relief. He slipped a bit, not because of his talent, but because of some concerns about a shoulder injury that were just enough to scare some teams away, a la what happened to Danny Granger with mild concerns about his knee a few years ago. This is a great pick for Philly, which gets a lottery talent at 17 and has its point guard of the future."

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