Top-30 men’s basketball recruit Aden Holloway has committed to Auburn, he told ESPN on Monday.
Holloway chose the Tigers over Tennessee, even though Miami and Wake Forest received visits from the North Carolina native.
“Auburn’s play was impressive,” Holloway said. “Auburn plays with freedom and speed. Coach [Bruce] Pearl told me not to see it after a mistake. He wants you to play with your mistakes and move on to the next game.
“After I cut down my list, I started communicating with each school. Auburn just felt right. It’s a great opportunity.”
After the Tigers landed five top-five NBA draft picks in the 2019 and 2021 classes, Holloway’s commitment continues Pearl’s impressive run with three ESPN 100 prospects and a pair of ESPN 100 prospects in the 2022 team.
“Coach Bruce Pearl is a players’ coach,” Holloway said. “He pushes you hard and is honest with you. When I got there, he explained to me that he was mine. His vision for me is to be a point guard and be a team player and focus on winning. He’s a real, accomplished guy. He makes you want to play for something bigger than yourself. It’s hard not to like him. .
Ranked No. 26 in the ESPN Class of 100 — the No. 5 guard in 2023 — the 6-foot-1 Holloway spent last season at La Lumiere (Indiana) but will play as a senior at Prolific Prep (California). . Playing for the CP3 All-Stars on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer, he averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists — including a 19-point, 10-assist effort against DJ Wagner and the No. 1 NJ Elite.
Holloway has become one of the better shooters in the division. He distinguishes himself with his shot-readiness and shooting range, both off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situations. Works great in ball screen situations; When the defender goes under the screen, he gets behind the action and pulls down the jumper. As he turns the corner, he reads the help and finds the open man. The handle is low and tight to get into the paint. Despite its size, it feels very good as a finish on the edge. Holloway can impact the game with his 3-point shooting and playmaking.
He drew comparisons to former Auburn star Sharif Cooper, who two seasons ago was one of the most exciting players in the country. Coincidentally, Holloway is a big fan of Cooper – also another electric guard.
“Cooper was my favorite player in high school and college,” he said. “Kyrie Irving is my favorite NBA player.”
Holloway is Auburn’s first commitment in the Class of 2023, but is expected to replace Zip Jasper when he arrives on campus next season. Jasper started 32 games for the Tigers last season and is entering his fifth year of college basketball. Guards KD Johnson and Wendell Green will be seniors when Holloway enters college.