Chet Holmgren, the highest recruit within the class of 2021, has been named the 2021 Morgan Wootten Boys Excessive College Basketball Participant of the Yr by McDonald’s.
Holmgren is averaging 20.6 factors, 12.6 rebounds. 5.2 blocks and 4.5 assists per recreation for Minnehaha Academy and has scored in double figures each recreation up to now this season. With Holmgren main the way in which, Minnehaha Academy presently sits at 20-2 on the 12 months and nonetheless within the operating for a state title after defeating Byron Excessive College within the Minnesota AAA quarterfinals Wednesday evening.
Holmgren not too long ago narrowed down his recruitment to a listing of finalists consisting of Georgetown, Gonzaga, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State. Gonzaga is presently seen as the favourite to land Holmgren, as his 247Sports Crystal Ball reads 100% in favor of the Bulldogs. Including to Gonzaga’s enchantment is the current dedication of fellow 2021 five-star recruit Hunter Sallis and the Bulldogs’ run to the Last 4.
“It’s nice to see the followers (on social media) attempting to steer me to their faculty,” Holmgren mentioned. “I’m not letting it play an excessive amount of into my choice as a result of on the finish of the day I’ve to search out what’s greatest for me and my future. Wherever I find yourself going, I’m positive their followers would be the happiest for me.”
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The Morgan Wootten Award is called after the legendary DeMatha Catholic (Md.) coach, who went 1274-192 and gained a number of nationwide championships in his storied profession. Earlier winners of the Wooten Award embody LeBron James, Kevin Love, Ben Simmons, Lonzo Ball, RJ Barrett and James Wiseman. USC star heart Evan Mobley gained the 2020 Wootten Award.
Whereas the 2021 Class of All Individuals gained’t take the court docket this 12 months, you possibly can see Holmgren be honored throughout the McDonald’s All American Video games hour-long Particular on ABC on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. ET.