5-Star C Chet Holmgren Commits to Gonzaga over UNC, Michigan, More

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 19, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - JANUARY 04: Terren Frank #15 of Sierra Canyon Trailblazers defends against Chet Holmgren #34 of Minnehaha Academy Red Hawks during the second half of the game at Target Center on January 04, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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One of the top recruits in the class of 2021 has made his college decision. 

Seven-foot center Chet Holmgren will attend Gonzaga after announcing his commitment Monday on SportsCenter:

Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS

BREAKING: Chet Holmgren, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2021, has committed to Gonzaga -- meaning Mark Few's program is now set to enroll its highest-rated high school prospect in history for the second consecutive year.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Chet Holmgren, the nation’s No. 1 player, is headed to Gonzaga. If Timme and Nembhard come back, the Zags should start the season No. 1.

Pat Forde @ByPatForde

To the surprise of no one, Chet Holmgren has committed to Gonzaga. Another huge score for Mark Few.

247Sports ranked the 18-year-old as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 overall recruit in the country. Holmgren recently finished his high school career at Minnehaha Academy in his native Minneapolis, where he posted 20.8 points on 80 percent shooting, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists en route to leading his 20-1 team to a state championship. He was also named a McDonald's All-American.

Holmgren narrowed his list of finalists to seven before the announcement, per ESPN's Paul Biancardi. The group consisted of Minnesota, Michigan, Georgetown, North Carolina, Ohio State, Gonzaga and Memphis.

He also entertained offers from Purdue and Texas as well as blue bloods like Kansas.

According to Josh Gershon, the national recruiting analyst at 247Sports, Holmgren is projected to be a top NBA pick should he turn pro and is a standout prospect:

"Extremely unique player who is unlike almost any American prospect in recent years. Good size, long arms and plus athleticism but very narrow frame. Extremely physically immature and may take a while to put on strength due to narrow shoulders/base. Despite lack of strength, very tough kid with impressive mental makeup. Has range to perimeter with jumper, good body control and high feel. Outstanding rim protector and rebounder. Level 10 motor."

Expect him to make an immediate impact on campus.

After Holmgren's former teammate Jalen Suggs led Gonzaga to the national title game as a freshman last year, the newest addition could be a similar difference-maker in 2021-22.


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