Chet Holmgren Named HS Gatorade’s National Player of the Year
The hype appears to be real when it comes to one Chet Holmgren.
At first look, Holmgren doesn’t really appear as what you would consider a top basketball prospect – if you look past his freakish seven foot frame.
Height aside, Holmgren is a skinny and lanky teenager who may have never lifted a weight in his life, but when he steps onto the court, he is a completely different animal. His skill and shooting stroke, mixed with the size, shot-blocking ability, and the body that scouts tend to dream on puts the Gonzaga commit in a league of his own. As a senior at Minnehaha Academy in Minnesota, Holmgren averaged 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game.
For his strong play, he was named Gatorade’s National Player of the Year and was given the award by projected lottery pick and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs.
“I was definitely surprised. To be able to see Jalen pop up on the screen and have a few words for me was definitely very cool,” Holmgren told Yahoo Sports. “This award is right up there [with the top] because it not only recognizes my on-the-court accomplishments, but also my off-the-court stuff with just helping out my community and pushing myself in the classroom.”
Holmgren is projected to be a top-3 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
“Being able to give him this award and be a part of that moment with him is an honor and I was extremely happy and excited that I was able to do that,” Suggs added. “There’s nobody more deserving of this award than him and I’m super proud of him.”
Holmgren is one to look out for!