Scouting Report: What will his next school get in five-star superstar Ron Holland?!
Jamion Christian is a former Division I head coach at Mount Saint Mary's, Siena and George Washington - who has joined Aaron Torres Media as a hoops analyst.
In addition to appearing on the "Aaron Torres Podcast" and "College Hoops Daily," Jamion is also tackling some writing from a coach's perspective.
Today, Jamion evaluates five-star forward Ron Holland, who recently decommitted from Texas. What will Holland's next school (or pro alternative) be getting from Holland? Jamion, who coached Holland last summer, shares some thoughts:
Who is Ron Holland?
Holland is one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball. A 6'8 forward, he is ranked the No. 2 overall player in the class by ESPN and No. 6 by 247 Sports, earning McDonald's All-American honors his senior season.
In terms of the next level, Holland had been committed to Texas since October. He chose the Longhorns over UCLA and Arkansas, with several other schools and professional options available to him.
He stuck with the Longhorns through the Chris Beard fiasco, before deciding at the 11th hour to re-open his recruitment.
Now available, he is a top priority for a number of different schools looking to add last minute star power to their 2023-2024 roster.
What does he do well:
He may be the best two-way player in this year's incoming freshman class. He has jump-off-the-page athleticism and I love that he knows how to use it to impact the game. He is also a tremendous competitor.
Good players consistently find ways to be around the basketball. Ron Holland is exactly that type of player. Whether he is jumping a passing lane or rebounding the ball and pushing in, Ron may be the best player in this class at transitioning from defense to offense.
Ron excels in transition or advantage situations. With a terrific combination of shooting and athleticism, his options in the open floor make him nearly unstoppable.
What does he need to work on:
Finding his spots in the half court and scoring consistently on the perimeter versus similar sized bodies. At this point Ron is more athlete than a skilled player, but that’s normal for a player so early in his career. His skill is improving every time he steps onto the floor, which makes his next decision so incredibly important for his growth.
Compete while learning to control emotion
Transitions while learning to use his talents in the half court
Play early while making mistakes
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