Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens three times served as a gold-medal winning USA coach. The best from the area have consistently decided to go elsewhere for college, but if there is a time and place for that to change, this could be the year.”. Outside recruiters certainly understand that dynamic, too. He’s also got a nice jump shot out to the perimeter, good athleticism for a 7-footer and a great feel for the game. Tre Holloman, a point guard ranked 58th in the class of 2022, has drawn offers from multiple Power 5 programs. 3 prospect in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite, and the consensus top-ranked center in the nation. 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"Minnesota has always had very talented players," said Royce White, the former Minnesota Mr. Basketball who was the 16th pick in the 2012 NBA draft after leading Iowa State to the NCAA tournament. In a recent string of tweets, Holmgren informed fans that video nor social media posting reflects his work ethic and his dedication to basketball. 53 among the top seniors in the nation. At the lowest levels, more resources have been devoted to development, which has helped the overall quality of play within the state. Chet Holmgren is a 7-foot, 190-pound Center (BK) from Minneapolis, MN. Chet Holmgren. Should the hometown Minnesota Golden Gophers win the Holmgren sweepstakes, it would represent another subtle shift in the recruiting strategy Richard Pitino expected to employ when he was hired as coach in 2013. I'm taking it one step at a time.". Minnehaha Academy basketball made a name for itself in 2017 when Jalen Suggs and a talented supporting cast led the Redhawks to a Class 2A boys state title. 15. He will be an absolute luxury for any school to have after he completes his senior year of High School. Steve was honored as Champion for Character by the CIF-Southern Section. After defeating NC State in Chapel Hill, North Carolina drops one spot on the AP poll to No. MINNEAPOLIS -- The top-rated high school basketball player in the country can't seem to escape his most viral moment. 1 for Minnesota and the center position. His brother Tre, Gary Trent Jr. and Matthew Hurt were all decorated Minnesota prospects who chose to play for Krzyzewski after him. 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In June 2020, after the reclassification of Jonathan Kuminga, he became the number one player in the 2021 class, according to ESPN. , Holmgren's father, Dave, who also stands seven feet (2.13 m), played college basketball for Minnesota from 1984 to 1988. This season's crop of college basketball talent has strong Minnesota representation, too. Khadijah Sessions helped the USA to a gold medal in her first national team experience at the 2019 FIBA AmeriCup. The best from the area have consistently decided to go elsewhere for college, but if there is a time and place for that to change, this could be the year. Fatal flaws for every team in college basketball's Way-Too-Early Top 25. Only a handful of players turned those opportunities in pro careers, and those local standouts were celebrated because they did not represent the norm. An Olympic gold medalist and 3x3 USA coach, Kara Lawson first played for USA Basketball in 1998. Overtime NXT 173,094 views. ESPN has Breidenbach ranked at No. A YouTube video that shows Chet Holmgren, a 7-footer at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, dribbling past and dunking over Stephen Curry at the NBA All-Star's camp last year has nearly 600,000 views. The Tar Heels are coming off a tough loss a face a surprising NC State team.  After the season, he had success with his Amateur Athletic Union team Grassroots Sizzle at the Under Armour Association, earning tournament most valuable player honors. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. He mentions being extremely careful during the pandemic due to his grandmother staying with him, "I'm not sure if you haven't been paying attention but, I haven't played in one AAU event all summer. ESPN rates Prolific Prep senior Nate Bittle, who committed to Oregon, as the No. 1 ranking in the 2021 class. Buzz about Ibrahim El-Amin, son of former UConn star Khalid El-Amin and a 2023 prospect, has grown over the past year too.  In his sophomore season, Holmgren averaged 18.6 points and 11.0 rebounds per game and led his team to another Class 2A state title. 2009 NCAA Champion and former Tar Heel Justin Watts narrates the practice after losing to Maryland and a determined Roy Williams. I athletes, Louisville to host 9-team Wade Houston Tipoff, Butler assistant Meyer retiring, citing COVID fears, Arizona eliminating 21 jobs as part of $30M cut, OU legend Tubbs, founder of 'Billy Ball', dies at 85, Kentucky lands No. You can follow us for future coverage by clicking “Follow” on the top right hand corner of the page.  His team won its second straight Class 2A state championship. There is no benefit in Chet going to college right now.". In a recent string of tweets, Holmgren … Holmgren said it's too soon to make that call. 10:27. "They all have great coaching staffs, I see them becoming a big part of my family, and they will push me to get better.". AAU and high school coaches in the state will tell you that Minnesota's talent pool has always been respectable. Chet Holmgren is one of the top-ranked prospects in the Class of 2021. 2 nationally and No. He brings respect to them.". If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. Holmgren has set boundaries for those who feel entitled to his gift. His length and wingspan help him in the paint on both ends of the court, but he’ll be even more effective if he can put on some more weight. Camden Heide, a Wayzata, Minnesota, product in the class of 2022, has offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Nebraska, Iowa State and Arizona. Took part in the 2019 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team October minicamp. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. He’s an attractive prospect for Williams and the Tar Heels thanks in part to his ability to run the floor, both in the open court and on the fast break. The surge of prospects has turned the state into an increasingly popular destination for college basketball's top coaches. "Minneapolis is a national city, but [the sentiment was] 'You're just going to have to recruit out of state because it's so hockey-centric.'". . (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images). Five years after Jones won a national title, Holmgren's rise could mark another shift in the perception of the state's top players. Although a trickle of local products turned pro in the years that followed -- Cole Aldrich, Alan Anderson, Jon Leuer, Royce White -- it was the group of Minnesota players who blossomed a decade later that altered the reputation of talent in the state. Twenty years ago, most local players just hoped to secure a Division I scholarship. Holmgren has a versatile skill set that allows him to dribble, shoot, block shots and affect the opposition with his long, wiry frame. The UNC Basketball program is heavily pursuing Chet Holmgren, but one Rivals analyst predicts that the seven-footer will end up elsewhere. Twin Cities standouts Reid Travis, Rashad Vaughn and Tyus Jones were all top-30 recruits in the class of 2014 and were all selected to play in that year's McDonald's All-American game in Chicago. Newcomer Impact Rankings: Which freshmen, transfers will determine team fortunes? "It's too early to really rule anything out," he said. 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