After months of speculation, Chet Holmgren — the No. 1 prospect in the 2021 class and as unique a high school player as we’ve ever seen — has committed to Gonzaga and Mark Few.
“So next fall I will be a Gonzaga Bulldog,” said Holmgren on the show.
The 7-footer from Minneapolis (Minn.) Minnehaha announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter that will play his college basketball in Spokane, putting a bow on a starry Gonzaga class that now ranks No. 3 in the country, its best ever.
This is now the second time in a month that Gonzaga has landed the top ranked recruit in school history. Incoming five-star point guard Hunter Sallis held that honor shortly but Holmgren takes over that role and should be a special player.
In a business where every tall and skinny player with some skill gets tagged with the “unicorn” label, Holmgren really appears to be one. There hasn’t been another big man who can shoot from deep like he can, who can handle the ball and pass like a guard like he can or who moves as effortlessly around the perimeter. On the defensive end he’s one of the best shot blockers that 247Sports has ever covered and he’s an elite level rebounder who controls the glass in and out of his area.
Sure, he has to get stronger, but Holmgren’s skill set is so vast and his competitive drive is so strong that it is hard to envision anything but success for him during what is likely to be his lone year on a college campus during the 2021-22 season.
The early frontrunner to be taken No. 1 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, Holmgren and Sallis will join forces with four-star big man Kaden Perry and four-star wing Fanbo Zeng to give Gonzaga the No. 3 ranked recruiting class nationally.
While Gonzaga is going to lose Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi and stud freshman Jalen Suggs to the NBA Draft, the addition of Holmgren and a loaded recruiting class to returning stars like Andrew Nembhard and Drew Timme means that the Zags will be right back in the thick of a National Championship hunt.