Gonzaga commit Chet Holmgren awarded Gatorade Player of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Gatorade announced on Wednesday that Chet Holmgren, who has committed to play basketball for Gonzaga University this year, as the 2020-21 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Holmgren as the nation’s best high school boys basketball player.

A national advisory panel helped select Holmgren from nearly half a million high school basketball players nationwide.

“Chet Holmgren was the greatest mismatch in the high school game this past season because of his outside shooting, inside game and physical measurables,” said ESPN National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi. “At 7-foot-1 and owning an enormous wingspan, he’s a world-class shot blocker. He displays uncommon versatility with his scoring ability, ball-handling, court mobility and footwork. He’s a tremendous teammate and a young man who is humble and respectful, while still playing with an edge. His time at Gonzaga should put him in contention to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.”

A member of his school’s Leadership Institute, a three-year discipleship and leadership-training program, Holmgren has donated his time to week-long tutoring and classroom-assistant duties at local elementary schools as part of Minnehaha Academy of Minneapolis’s Cultural Field Experience.

Also, he has volunteered on behalf of the Frog Town Boys and Girls Club and as a youth basketball instructor in addition to participating in goodwill/mentorship visits to lower school classrooms at his school.

Holmgren has maintained a 3.46 GPA in the classroom, and he has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at Gonzaga this fall.

“We are recognizing Chet as the best high school boys basketball player in the nation because of his dedication to performing on the court, in the classroom and in the community,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President and General Manager Brett O’Brien. “We take pride in looking at the whole athlete, not just the stats, and Chet is a role model for all of us.”

Each year a selection committee evaluates the nation’s top talent in the District of Columbia and all 50 states, choosing national winners in 12 different sports: football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls track and field.