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Kentucky Showing Interest in 2021 Five-Star Center Chet Holmgren

(Jim Hawkins | Inside Carolina)

(Jim Hawkins | Inside Carolina)

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.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

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

16 Comments for Kentucky Showing Interest in 2021 Five-Star Center Chet Holmgren

  1. season-3-disc-2
    7:36 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    This kid has Wisconsin written all over him. Hahahahaha kid is really skilled and I would love to see him playing for us one day.

  2. Cletis75
    8:11 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Big time handles for a big man.

  3. ClutchCargo
    8:12 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    I know where he is from only because I read the linked article. Why not put that in the post?

  4. Optional Facts
    8:12 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Or Gonzaga

    • dave1964
      8:17 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

      I hope he never steps foot on a Kentucky floor kid is to skinny.

  5. Newtype
    8:20 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    He’ll average 1 rebound in college.

  6. shelby3605
    8:34 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Kinda reminds me of a young sam bowie. I don’t think sam had handles like that though.

  7. Wade
    8:46 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Was that steph curry

  8. KYjellyRoll
    9:24 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Great timing. Good feet. Good handles. Good shot. Bring em on

  9. UKinIN
    10:28 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    Not a Calipari kind of big. Calipari wants bigs that can physically dominate. This kid will end up at a school that will let him play on the wing.

  10. jim tom
    10:47 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink


  11. JASUN74
    11:00 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    He’s as fundamentally sound as any player in high school basketball. Yes he’s as skinny as a rail, but this kid is a player, and don’t let his weight fool you, he’ll buck up to the big boys all day. This video is of his 10th grade fellas!! He’s got two more years to play high school basketball. He’s got everything you want in a player, minus 50 pounds! Lol. Durant, Prince and many other kids in school played as skinny as him but it didn’t stop them. I’m telling you all, put 50 pounds on this kid and he’s the number 1 pick in the draft in two or three years. He’s that good. Get him Coach!

  12. runningunnin.454
    11:40 pm September 20, 2019 Permalink

    He sauced him up, huh? He hit him with the sauce, huh? Habla ingles?
    Culture Shock.

  13. sportsbird66
    12:03 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Not way UK gets him

  14. letsroll76
    8:09 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s see he loves to play , 7ft defends the goal .runs the floor, great shot and fade away, can handle the ball .Would absolutely love to have another Sam Bowie .

  15. michaelb
    10:11 am September 21, 2019 Permalink

    Ummm I want this kid baddd. Idk bout anyone’s preference but I know cal likes these offensively polished post players . That’s a nice face up game he has for sure and the above the rim aspect has to have cal salivating . This guy -after camp cal & some defensive work will shine big time . Say your hail Mary’s