Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Chet Holmgren, No. 1 in 2021, impresses at Top Flight Invite
By ADAM ZAGORIAChet Holmgren showed why he’s the No. 1 player in the Class of 2021 at the Top Flight Invite over the weekend in Gilbert, Az.
Playing with Team Sizzle (MN), the 7-foot-1 Holmgren went for 18 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks and 3 assists as his club beat Mikey Williams and Storm (N.C.), 71-60, in the third-place game on Sunday on ESPN2.
In the first-place game, Moussa Diabate went for 18 points to lead National Spotlight (IMG Academy) over Jaden Hardy and Air Nado (Coronado), 68-59.
“[Holmgren] is the greatest mismatch in the high school game,” ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said on air. “He’s a 7-1 unicorn with a guard skills and a back-to-the-basket game and shot-blocking skills.”
On the recruiting front, Holmgren announced in June he was down to a top seven of Minnesota, Gonzaga, Memphis, North Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan and Ohio State.
Brian Sandifer, Holmgren’s coach with the Grassroots Sizzle AAU program, recently told ZAGSBLOG that Holmgren should at least consider the NBA G League route in 2021 due to how the COVID-19 pandemic might impact college campuses.
The No. 1 player in the country @ChetHolmgren getting it done on both ends 😤 🔥
Holmgren’s father, David, told ZAGSBLOG he’d prefer for Chet to go to college but they’re open to all options.
“It’s way too early to rule out any potential paths and I don’t know enough about the G league path to say no,” Chet Holmgren said this summer. “However, at this point in time, I am focused toward finding the best college for myself and my family’s future.”
Larry Suggs, Holmgren’s coach, said Holmgren was in no rush to make a college decision and wants to see how his various college options play offensively this season.
“He’s just looking at all the offensive play styles before he makes a decision,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.