Five-star prospect Ron Holland II has officially signed with the G League Ignite, per the team.
“First of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with the abilities to play the game that I love,” Holland said through a team release.
“I want to thank everyone that has believed in me throughout the whole process, it hasn’t been easy. I am super excited to join G League Ignite,” he added. “I feel Ignite has the tools needed to prepare me for the life I want on and off the court. Let’s get to work!”
Holland, a forward who played his high school basketball at Duncanville High School, was a McDonald’s All-American and Nike Hoop Summit selection this year. He averaged 20.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.4 steals as a senior.
Prior to signing with the Ignite, Holland had committed to the University of Texas only to reopen his recruitment in late April. Arkansas and UCLA were also thought to be in consideration, along with the Longhorns, before Holland elected to join the G League Ignite.
The Ignite team was already involved in Holland’s initial recruitment last year.
Looking at Ron Holland’s future
The Duncanville native is a likely top 10 pick — potentially even higher — in the 2024 NBA Draft.
Holland’s three-point shooting is starting to catch up with his relentless motor and two-way versatility. He is able to handle the ball at around 6-foot-8, especially in the open court but Holland has also flashed some signs out of ball screens.
Looking ahead, he is still missing a go-to skill to hang his hat on, and he will need to continue improving his self-creation against set defenses.
Next season, Holland will share the frontcourt with Matas Buzelis, another highly-ranked versatile forward in contention to go number 1 in 2024.
They will be flanked by 17-year-old Dink Pate, originally in the high school class of 2024; second-year Ignite guard London Johnson; and NBA Academy alums Babacar Sané (also returning for a second season) and Thierry Serge Darlan. Tyler Smith, a forward out of the Overtime Elite program, is expected to join the team, per On3.