Top recruiter Chet Holmgren has choose Gonzaga
Holmgren made his announcement on SportsCenter.
“The process was hard,” Holmgren told ESPN. “I had a lot to learn on the go. I had to lean on others and get their advice. My dad went through it, and coach Larry Suggs with Jalen. I kept getting consistent advice that I will get a feeling when I know. Not to overanalyze everything because everything sounds good. Nobody sells their weakness.
Holmgren becomes the highest-ranked recruit in program history and those that come to GU after the 7-foot-1 forward can only share the title with him.
Other schools involved included Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Minnesota, Memphis and Georgetown.
Chet Holmgren is close friends with and a former high school and AAU teammate of Jalen Suggs, who just finished a stellar freshman season at Gonzaga and is a projected top-5 pick in this summer’s NBA draft.
Suggs, who played with Holmgren at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis and for the Grassroots Sizzle AAU program, was 11th in 247sports’ composite rankings when he committed and 10th in the final rankings for the 2020 class. Sallis, a 6-foot-5 guard from Omaha, Nebraska, who committed to GU on March 26th, is sixth in the 2021 rankings. The composite rankings are a combination of 247sports, ESPN and Rivals ratings.
Holmgren is the second five-star recruit to join Gonzaga’s class in the past few weeks, following No. 3-ranked point guard Hunter Sallis, who committed in late March. ESPN 100 power forward Kaden Perry is also entering the fold next season, while ESPN 100 forward Ben Gregg graduated high school early and enrolled for the second half of this past season. Rounding out the group is Fanbo Zeng, the No. 33-ranked prospect in the 2022 class who reclassified into 2021 before returning to China to finish his high school career. Zeng is expected to enroll at Gonzaga this summer.
Mark Few has won at least 30 games in five straight seasons and has the nation’s longest streak of Sweet 16 appearances, last getting knocked out in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2014.