Chet Holmgren May Be the NBA’s Next Big Prospect
The talented high school big man appears to be basketball’s next big star on the horizon
NBA teams are always on the search for new prospects that are either ready to jump right in or can be molded into key pieces of the future of a franchise. The best young players come from college and overseas but scouting these youngsters starts in high school and sometimes even before. High school senior Chet Holmgren may just be the next big prospect on deck, which is not only apparent with his size but also his incredible talent and production.
The product of Minneapolis is listed at 7’1” and 195 pounds. Impossibly slender, the power forward not only plays big, he also has skills typically attributable to a player much smaller. In addition to an impressive handle, he has range from all over the floor, while being able to simultaneously dominate on the boards and defense with his daddy long legs-like arms.
Holmgren, who is considered one of the best high school prospect since LeBron James was suiting up in Akron, Ohio, exploded into national prominence several years ago when he crossed over and then dunked on Golden State Warriors’ star Stephen Curry at the NBA star’s SC Select camp. It was a clip that went viral in the basketball world.
Although some have criticized Holmgren for being too slender and not having the physicality to play professionally, it’s important to remember he is still just a teenager with plenty of time to fill out more. For his part, according to what he told Yahoo Sport’s Krysten Peek, he isn’t sweating the criticism:
“Most of the people that tell me that are people on Twitter and have never seen me play basketball in person or understand basketball to begin with. At the end of the day, I’m not too worried about what they’re saying. I’m just going to do me and keep working on my game.”
Standing 6’2” as a sixth grader, he has only continued to grow since then in leaps and bounds. The now-seven-footer also claims a wingspan of 7’6”. That hasn’t stopped him from having lethal range from beyond the three-point line and making many wonder if he is the kind of possible unicorn player that has become so popular in today’s NBA (think Kevin Durant, Kristaps Porzingis and Nikola Jokic).
As he finishes his high school career, Holmgren has piled up a number of impressive performances. These include:
In two games at the Pangos All-American Festival in Phoenix, he put up averages of 21.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 11.0 blocks.
Recently playing against Emoni Bates, the top-ranked junior in the country, he had 31 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks.
According to ESPN, Holmgren is still weighing his options for college ball. Georgetown, Gonzaga, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio State are all on his radar and would be salivating to add the talented big man to their next recruiting class.
Once Holmgren lands at a college and is able to play in actual games against higher-level talent, the exposure will help determine what his future in the NBA might be. If he fills out a little and maintains his incredible athleticism, teams will be clambering to bring him into the fold and see if he can become a future cornerstone. In the meantime, it will be fascinating to see what kind of player he ultimately ends up being.