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No. 1 overall recruit Chet Holmgren commits to Gonzaga

The consensus best player in his class is off to Spokane for at least one season.

Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy 2021 Chet Holmgren. Nathan Baird/Journal & Courier

Following an appearance in the national championship game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are continuing their west coast dynasty by adding No. 1 recruit Chet Holmgren to the mix today, receiving a commitment from the former high school and AAU teammate of NBA-bound Bulldog Jalen Suggs.

“It was [Gonzaga’s] consistent approach, how versatile they are on the court and their offensive style,” Holmgren said. “They take their talent and tweak their system based on their personnel.”

The 7’1” Holmgren is a problem because of his ability to handle the ball like a guard while protecting the rim on the other end, and somehow he’s even longer than he is tall. He’s got skills, versatility, and some bounce. He’ll need to get in the gym and get stronger, but the ceiling here is almost unlimited. And it’s just one dribble for him from behind the three-point line to a dunk, which is a talent that just can’t be taught.

He averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.7 blocks and shot 80% from the field for the fourth-consecutive state championship for Minnehaha Academy, his first without Suggs as a teammate.