5-star Ron Holland down to 3 schools, no longer considering G-League
Duncanville (Texas) High five-star recruit Ron Holland is down to three schools: Texas, UCLA, and Arkansas.
Holland has officially visited each of his finalists and says he will make his decision ”in a couple of weeks.”
The 6-foot-8 power forward will no longer consider Kentucky and the G-League Ignite program, meaning the Texas native will be going to college.
Holland ranks as the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus — the average ranking from all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 1 power forward in the country and the No. 1 player in the state of Texas.
Holland talks finalists
In a previous interview with On3, Holland discussed each of his finalists.
Texas: “I saw that I can stay home and get this thing done. Everyone knows the Texas brand, and Coach (Chris) Beard will let me go there and be me. I can do a great job of being me, and it’ll get me to the next level.”
UCLA: “I had never been to L.A. before. They showed me a lot of how they do things over there. It’s L.A.; there is a whole lot of money out there. I never knew how they played, so they showed me a lot of that. They get out in transition and have a lot of NBA actions. Coach (Mick) Cronin is big on getting his guys ready for the next level. I learned a lot about their plans for me out there; Coach Cronin showed me a lot.”
Arkansas: “I didn’t know how NBA-centered everything was over there. They do everything NBA level, system-wise. And they treat their guys like they’re in the NBA already, getting them ready for the next level…”
“They have a former teammate of mine, Anthony Black and a couple of other Dallas dudes They’re about to have a good season and I feel like it’s a great spot to be as well.”
It is the motor for Ron Holland; that is what you notice first. He has good positional size, but it is how hard he plays – on both ends – that gets people talking. Holland has performed at the highest levels, with Team USA, on Nike’s EYBL circuit, and at Duncanville High. Coming into his junior season, the question mark was the skill set; he has shown some improvement. While the jump shot is still below average, he can use the dribble to get downhill, and he’s developed confidence in his pull-up jumper. Holland is great in transition; he plays above the rim and has the upside to be an excellent defender – both on and off the ball. Production and winning that is what he has done for a while. – Jamie Shaw, On3’s National Recruiting Anaylst