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Top ranked basketball prospect in class of 2021 cuts list of schools to 7, Kentucky not included

(Jim Hawkins | Inside Carolina)

(Jim Hawkins | Inside Carolina)

Chet Holmgren is already one of the most unique prospects in all of high school basketball, but there doesn’t appear to be mutual interest between the rising high school senior and John Calipari’s coaching staff

Holmgren, a Minnesota native who is a consensus top-three player in his class, recently cut his list of schools down to seven and the Kentucky Wildcats did not make an appearance. Of his seven choices, Holmgren is considering Minnesota, Michigan, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Georgetown, Memphis, and North Carolina.

Listed at an even seven-feet tall and weighing a slim 190 pounds, Holmgren isn’t your typical high school hooper. He hit a massive growth spurt at an early age and now possesses a wide range of skills that makes him a likely lottery pick in a future NBA Draft. For his age, he is an excellent shooter, rebounder, shot-blocker, and floor-runner who draws comparisons to Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis.

Following the reclassification of Jonathan Kuminga to the class of 2020, Holmgren now has a chance to be the clear number-one prospect in the class of 2021. According to the Herald-Leader, the ‘Cats and Holmgren were never in significant contact throughout the recruitment process. Despite his impressive size, Holmgren still desperately needs to bulk up his frame, especially once he gets to the next level of play.

Calipari usually has a nose for leaving suspicious prospects alone, so who knows exactly why the two sides haven’t made much of an effort. I think Paolo Banchero and Jaden Hardy will work just fine, instead.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

20 Comments for Top ranked basketball prospect in class of 2021 cuts list of schools to 7, Kentucky not included



  1. TPACAT
    10:09 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Weird. Ol’ Chet has dUKe written all over him…



  2. MississippiBlue
    10:34 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    He’s a very talented player, but he’s soft. Cal would age 10 years coaching him!



  3. KyZoneBlitz
    10:35 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Weve already had one of him, atleast very similar, and he transferred out to the zags. I’ll pass, he’s talented, but way too soft.



    • TonyMontana
      12:20 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

      This kid is more like Durant than Wiltjer. He is rail thin, but he can get buckets. Definitely needs to bulk up though.



    • IrishCat
      8:02 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

      Probably couldn’t make a worse player comparison w/ this kid than Kyle Wiltjer…



  4. Cletis75
    11:02 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Kid needs weight. The college game is going to be very physical for him.



  5. BoogieDMC
    11:04 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    The kid seems like a dip$hit. Watch his videos. He’ll take the D League route.



    • bigbluebg
      8:44 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

      Watched the video…he does seem like somewhat of a dipshit, but weren’t we all at 17-18?



  6. blueballs80
    11:46 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Boogie. You sound like a dip shit right now! Go take your comments to card chronicle. They will welcome you with open arms.



  7. UKgrad80
    11:49 pm June 26, 2020 Permalink

    Soon his parents will be living in a mansion in Durham and driving 12 cars.



  8. UKFanSC
    7:05 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

    I think we’ll survive



  9. Fitz
    8:12 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

    I would think you don’t have a list of schools to commit unless you’ve been offered by the school. 247 did not have UK listed among the 30+ programs which extended offers to Holmgren. Cal not offering, if so, and why not , would have made a more interesting story



  10. Bluehender
    9:13 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

    In Cal we trust, right? The list of schools he has, sounds like he’s shopping for the highest bidder. Seems like we’re better off to stay away from him



    • BobbyBlue
      11:08 am June 27, 2020 Permalink

      Looks like a two or three year kid at UNC. Who else but Ole Roy can keep him in school for multiple years ?



  11. Rowinguy1
    12:10 pm June 27, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe he’ll pull a reverse-Wiltjer. Start at Gonzaga, develop his body, then transfer to the Cats.

    Nah…..



    • Bluehender
      12:41 pm June 27, 2020 Permalink

      A reverse Wiltjer? That would be a first. I’m with ya…nah. He’ll go pro at the first opportunity



  12. chris43
    1:08 pm June 27, 2020 Permalink

    Reminds me of Matthew Hurt. Pretty sure he ended up not starting for Duke…9.8 and like 3 boards a game. Kinda soft and not the force that he was in high school. I’d also assume foot speed is an issue. He’s by no means a bad player but doesn’t really fit the UK mold. I’d say he ends up a Dukie if he doesn’t stay home.



  13. UKFanSC
    10:08 pm June 27, 2020 Permalink

    Kid has Duke written all over him. Of course they may need to pull a Weekend at Bernie’s trick with Coach K by then.