Jrue Holiday is an American basketball player whose professional career kicked off after he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2009 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. A talented player, Jrue played basketball in high school and excelled in it. He finished with a number of accolades and was rated very highly.
Moving on to the University of California, Los Angeles, Jrue Holiday could not wait to finish his four-year basketball career before going pro, so he only played for one year and declared for the NBA draft. Although he was picked by the Philadelphia 76ers, the star player has since moved over to New Orleans Pelicans.
Jrue Holiday Bio (Age)
The basketball player was born as Jrue Randall Holiday on June 12, 1990, in Chatsworth, California, United States. He studied at Campbell Hall School in the Studio City neighborhood of the city of Los Angeles, California, where he played as a point guard in the basketball team. He led his school’s team to win the California Division IV state title with a score of 31–5.
A part of the class of 2008, Rivals.com considered Jrue Holiday as the No. 1 point guard and No. 2 overall prospect in his class. His outstanding performance also earned him the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year Award and a Parade Magazine First Team All-American. Being one of the best and most highly recruited players in his school, Jrue also had the opportunity of playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Continuing at the University of California, Los Angeles, Jrue Holiday played in 35 games in 2008/2009, starting all games and making an average total of 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steal in 27.1 minutes in each game. His excellent performance earned him Pac-10 All-Freshman Team honors.
Jrue also played with the Bruins men’s basketball in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and made 13 points and six assists which contributed to the team’s one-point victory over Virginia Commonwealth.
By the end of the 2008/2009 season, Jrue Holiday was sure that he was ready to go pro so he decided to forgo the remaining three years of his college eligibility and declare for the 2009 NBA draft. Being a high ranking prospect, it was not a surprise that he was eventually picked in the first round of the draft as the 17th overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers.
He played with the team for four seasons and in his last season with them, he was named to the 2013 NBA All-Star at the age of 22. This made Jrue Holiday the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.
On the 12th of July 2013, Jrue was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and on July 6, 2017, his contract with the team was renewed.
His Salary and Net Worth
In mid-2017, the professional basketball player signed a 5-year $131,805,000 contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, including $128,130,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $26,361,000. Thus, Jrue Holiday got to earn a base salary of $25,396,111 and an incentive bonus of $865,000 in the 2018/2019 season.
Having been in the professional scene since 2009, the star player has garnered an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Family – Brother, Wife, and Daughter
Coming from a family of basketball players, it is no surprise that Jrue Holiday is making waves in the industry. Both of his parents, Shawn and Toya Holiday, attended Arizona State University where they played college basketball. There, his mother Toya was named being Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1982.
The player has three siblings – an older and younger brother named Justin and Aaron respectively, and a younger sister named Lauren. Justin and Aaron are also NBA players. The former began his professional career in 2011 and is currently playing for the Memphis Grizzlies while the latter went pro in 2018 and was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of that year’s NBA Draft.
Just like her brother, Jrue’s sister, Lauren, was also a part of the women’s basketball team at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Considering Jrue’s athletic family background, it makes sense that he decided to build his own family with someone who does not only love sports but is also in the industry. He got married to Lauren Cheney in July 2013. Lauren is a retired professional soccer player who played as a midfielder and as forward for the United States women’s national soccer team from 2007 to 2015.
Jrue Holiday met his future wife during his short time at UCLA, during a women’s basketball game and at the time, they were both dating other people. They eventually became an item after Jrue was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Later on, they started hosting a yearly combo basketball and soccer clinics at the University of California.
In 2016, Lauren Holiday was diagnosed with a brain tumor while she was pregnant with their first child and in a bid to take good care of her, her husband, who was playing for the New Orleans Pelicans at the time, took an indefinite leave from the team in September.
Lauren later went under the knife to remove a tumor a few weeks after she delivered their daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday.
Jrue Holiday’s Height
Basketball players usually have an outstanding height and Jrue Holiday is not an exception. He stands at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and weighs 93 kg (205 lb).