Who is the best high school boys basketball player in Southern California over the past 20 years? You picked Campbell Hall’s Jrue Holiday.
Voting concluded in our 32-player bracket competition on Sunday night with Holiday narrowly defeating Leuzinger’s Russell Westbrook in the championship matchup. Holiday won the total vote across Scorebook Live, Twitter and Instagram 154-147.
Holiday was a two seed in the tournament. He beat Tyler Dorsey, Chase Budinger, Lonzo Ball and Jared Dudley to reach the championship. Westbrook, a six seed, beat TJ Leaf, Onyeka Okongwu, Klay Thompson and Tyson Chandler to reach the finals.
Players were selected and seeded by Scorebook Live based on what they did when they were walking the halls of their high schools only, not what they went on to accomplish in college and the NBA.
Here’s the final bracket:
And here’s more about Jrue Holiday’s high school career at Campbell Hall:
Jrue Holiday, Campbell Hall (Class of 2008)
Holiday was named the 2008 Gatorade National Player of the Year. He was a 2008 McDonald’s All-American as well. As a senior at Campbell Hall, Holiday averaged 25.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.8 steals per game to help lead the Vikings to a 31-5 record and the California Division IV state title. As a junior, Holiday led Campbell Hall to a 33-1 mark and the 2007 Division 4 state title averaging 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 4.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Campbell Hall finished the 2006-07 season ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 4 in the West Region by USA Today. Holiday was also selected as the 2007 Gatorade California Player of the Year. As a sophomore, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as Campbell Hall finished 27-6. Holiday helped lead Campbell Hall to a perfect 32-0 record and a state title as a freshman as well.
He went on to play at UCLA before being drafted 17th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76er’s. Holiday now plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. He was an NBA All-Star selection in 2013.