Chet Holmgren is one of the best players in the class of 2021. He is the number one player in his class. On June 26th, Chet announced his final seven schools. The list included Gonzaga, North Carolina, Minnesota, Memphis, Michigan, Georgetown, and Ohio State. Which schools have the best shot? Will Holmgren stay home and play for Minnesota? Could he join many top recruits and join a blue blood like North Carolina? Lets break it down.
Mark Few has built an amazing program at Gonzaga. The Zags are consistently one of the top teams in the country year in and year out. Recently Few has been very impressive on the recruiting side as well. He is bringing in a top five recruiting class in this year, which is headlined by five star point guard Jalen Suggs. Could Chet Holmgren be the next top prospect to join Gonzaga. I believe Gonzaga is the leader at this time to land his services. Holmgren took an official visit to Gonzaga on October 4th, 2019. He has a very good relationship with the coaching staff. Holmgren was high school teammates with five star Gonzaga commit Jalen Suggs. The Zags are in a great spot in his recruitment.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Roy Williams has always brought in top talent to Chapel Hill. He is bringing in a top three recruiting class for this upcoming season. Could Chet Holmgren be the next great Tar Heel? As of right now, I do not see Chet committing to North Carolina. With Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler potentially staying a few years in college, I do not see Chet joinning the Tar Heels. Roy Williams is one of the greatest coaches ever so I would not count him out completely.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
It has been very tough to keep the top in state talent in state for head coach Richard Pitino. Matthew Hurt (Duke), Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga), and Kerwin Walton (North Carolina) have all passed on Minnesota in the past two recruiting cycles. This time things could be different. Chet Holmgren’s father, Dave Holmgren played for the Golden Gophers from 1984-1988. The connection is there for Chet and his family. I like the Golden Gophers chances here. Staying could be a major factor for Chet and his family. He has not taken an official visit to the program yet but he has been on campus many times. Minnesota should be here until the end.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Chris Holtman has put together a very solid program at Ohio State. He currently has a top ten recruiting class for the class of 2021. Could Chet Holmgren be the next commit? The Buckeyes are in a solid postion to land his services. He has a really good really good relationship with the coaching staff. Playing in the BIG 10 could be very appealing to him. Ohio State may not be the favorite, but they should not be counted out in this recruitment.
Juwan Howard has been killing it in recruiting lately. He recently landed a commitment from four star guard Kobe Bufkin. Will Holmgren join Michigan? I do not see him committing to Michigan. As much as Juwan Howard would want a commitment from Chet, I do not see him joining the BIG 10 program at this time.
Penny Hardaway has been very active this off season. He landed two of the top transfers in college basketball and he could land five star Moussa Cisse any day now. Could Chet be the next five star center to commit to the Tigers? I would actually consider Chet to Memphis as a long shot. With Memphis roster right now, I do not see a commitment from him.
Patrick Ewing has recruited very well at Georgetown recently. He is bringing in a class that is headlined by four star Jamari Sibley. Could Chet be the next big front court piece for the Hoyas. Like Memphis, It would be rather shocking to see a commitment from Chet for the Hoyas. Playing for a legend like Patrick Ewing could be appealing but I do not see him committing to the Hoyas.
As things stand today, I expect this to be a two team race between Gonzaga and Minnesota. Ohio State should not be counted out as well. If things ended today, I would have to give Mark Few and Gonzaga the best shot to land Chet Holmgren.
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