Gonzaga lands top basketball recruit Chet Holmgren
SPOKANE, Wash. — Fresh off of an NCAA Championship appearance, the Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball program now has its highest-ranked recruit in program history.
On Monday morning, the nation’s top-ranked basketball recruit, Chet Holmgren, made his long-awaited decision. During a press conference that was live-streamed on ESPN’s SportsCenter and on Holmgren’s personal Instagram account, Holmgren zipped off his hoodie and revealed a Gonzaga Bulldogs T-Shirt — securing the program’s first No. 1 recruit.
“Next fall, I will be a Gonzaga bulldog!” Holmgren exclaimed live on ESPN.
Holmgren is a modern basketball anomaly, combining the ball-handling skills and downhill pressure of a guard with the stature of a true NBA center. A true seven-footer, Holmgren fits the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ DNA because of his innate defensive abilities and team-first mentality.
With this commitment, Gonzaga has secured two of the nation’s top prospects from Minnehaha Academy, a private Christian school in Minneapolis, in the last two seasons. Star guard Jalen Suggs, who’s widely considered a top-five prospect in the 2021 NBA Draft, was teammates with Holmgren at that same school just one season earlier. As per his Instagram story, Suggs was in attendance for Holmgren’s decision to support his former teammate and friend.
As the No. 1 prospect by ESPN and other national outlets, Holmgren turned down offers from a variety of competitive programs around the nation. Gonzaga outlasted Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, Kansas, Michigan, UNC, USC and Texas, per 24/7 Sports.
Through 18 games in his senior campaign, Holmgren averaged 21 points per game. He has excellent scoring instincts, playing within the context of each game to assist his team on the glass and as a primary defender. Up to this point, Holmgren is expected to be one of the best young defenders of his class; surveying the court floor and positioning himself to alter shots at the rim.
Holmgren is quick for a seven-footer and he knows how to use that to his advantage. Playing under head coach Mark Few will only raise his overall ceiling; as the Gonzaga coaching staff is renowned for putting their players in a position to flourish.
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