One of the hottest rising prospects out of the 2021 class is now receiving some interest from Kentucky’s coaching staff.
A five-star recruit and the No. 2 overall player according to 247 Sports, seven-foot Chet Holmgren has received some interest from assistant coach Kenny Payne, per the Herald-Leader.
“There hasn’t been much Kentucky buzz around Holmgren’s recruitment quite yet, but the Herald-Leader was told this week that UK assistant coach Kenny Payne — the Cats’ nationally respected post-player expert — has been involved in the early stages.” wrote Ben Roberts.
Holmgren’s stock has soared over the course of the summer – where he was ranked as low as No. 57 – jumping in the national recruiting rankings to the No. 2 overall prospect in 2021, smacked right between Jonathan Kuminga and Patrick Baldwin Jr.
247 Sports recruiting expert Evan Daniels told Roberts in the same article that Holmgren is still in the early stages of his recruitment process and doesn’t expect any sort of announcement soon. Holmgren has received over two dozen scholarship offers already. He is expected to be on Ohio State’s campus this weekend and Duke went to visit him last week. He has a visit scheduled for Oct. 4 with Gonzaga. It’s safe to say that everyone is jumping on the Holmgren train and rightly so.
You might have already heard of him throughout the summer after he sauced up Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry during Curry’s SC Select Camp and then proceeded to throw down this dunk.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 6, 2019
The potential for a unique blend of versatility and length has made Holmgren one of the most fascinating prospects of any class. He has a deadly outside jumper – shooting 21-43 from deep throughout the Under Armour circuit this year – and has also shown signs that he can be a dominate rim protector – averaging 4.9 blocks per game in the same UA circuit. Those stats are over a 14 game span, too.
At a mere 190 pounds, he is severely undersized as a legitimate threat in the post, but he makes up for it with quick feet and impressive speed. Bulking up will be an important factor in his NBA potential. But for right now, he is a floor-spacing giant built for what the modern game of basketball is producing.
Time for the Wildcats to get in on the action.