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Five-star prospect Chet Holmgren, the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2021, announced Monday on SportsCenter that he has committed to play next season at Gonzaga.
Holmgren, 18, chose Gonzaga over the likes of Georgetown, Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State among others. He made official visits to Gonzaga and Ohio State before the coronavirus pandemic shut down in-person recruitment visits.
The 7-foot-1 product from Minnesota led the Minnehaha Academy to its fourth straight state championship last season. He averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks and 4.5 assists on 80% shooting from the field last season.
Gonzaga was viewed as the favorites to land Holmgren following their successful run this season in the NCAA Tournament. He was close friends with Jalen Suggs and said he played a large role in persuading him to commit to the Zags.
Holmgren becomes the highest-rated recruit to ever commit to Gonzaga.
Holmgren, who is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, brings a unique blend of size and skill to Gonzaga next season. He has drawn comparisons to Kristaps Porzingis given his ability on both ends of the floor.