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What’s Bruin: UCLA Basketball's Aaron Holiday: Sixth Man, Sixth Starter

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Aaron Holiday is the Bruins' sixth man this season.
Aaron Holiday is the Bruins' sixth man this season.
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Holiday is the subject of a piece by Ben Bolch in the L.A. Times this morning, and the former starter's new role as the sixth man, though Steve Alford calls him the "sixth starter."

Holiday is averaging more points in fewer minutes compared with his freshman season, when he started all 32 games. A year ago, he averaged 10.3 points and 3.9 assists in 31.7 minutes per game while shooting 39.4% (41.9% from three-point range). Those averages have improved to 13.3 points and 4.2 assists in 25.8 minutes per game this season, largely because he’s shooting 55.6% and a team-best 60% from beyond the arc.

How does Holiday feel about his new status coming off the bench?

"You’ve got to do what’s best for the team," he said, "and right now it’s working really well because we’re 10-0."

Deadspin got in on the "Lonzo Ball Is Amazing" act and wrote their two cents on UCLA’s game-changing freshman PG. Lots of GIFs, lots of GIFs.

In football: Two Bruins are in the first round of Pro Football Focus’s mock NFL draft. Those would be the d-line studs Eddie Vanderdoes and Takkarist McKinley coming in at picks #21 and #22, respectively.

Three Bruins from the #2 men’s volleyball team were named to the Off the Block pre-season all-American teams:

Congrats, guys.

And happy Wednesday, y’all.