Chet Holmgren commits to the Gonzaga Bulldogs as coach Mark Few lands his first No.1 overall recruit. Holmgren made the announcement live via Sportscenter on ESPN. At 7 feet tall and 190lb, he has a long slender frame but is a unicorn type player. On defense, he is more advanced than his offensive game, but he has the size and skills to be a rare talent.
A native of Minnesapolis, MN, Holmgren attended Minnehaha Academy. On defense, he may is a natural shot-blocker that has timing and instinct in the paint and really anywhere on the court. He averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, and 4.5 assists per game in school, and shot 80% from the field. Minnehaha Academy won four state titles with Holmgren on the roster.
He handles the ball like a guard on the perimeter and moves so smoothly on the floor.
Holmgren is a former teammate of Gonzaga superstar Jalen Suggs who won hearts with his halfcourt heave in the Final Four. Now, Suggs will be going on to be a top-3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and Holmgren will try to take the Bulldogs to another championship game. Hopefully, bringing one back to Spokane.
Holmgren chose Gonzaga over Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina, and numerous other offers. He is a rare prospect and should be able to turn into a unique athlete. He will surely be a one-and-done and should be favored to go No.1 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. Gonzaga has always been a team that took good players and made them great, now Mark Few has a bonified superstar on the court.
This puts the Gonzaga recruiting class in great shape. They already had a top-10 commit in Hunter Sallis, the No.6 prospect in the class. Four-star recruits Kaden Perry and Fanbo Zeng round out the class, ranked 53rd and 72nd respectively. This may push them into the top-3 in the nation if not the best class overall.