Incoming Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman and the No. 1 ranked recruit in the Class of 2021 Chet Holmgren won the 2020-21 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year Award today. He was surprised by his former teammate, and former Gonzaga star, Jalen Suggs with the award.
Here's the moment Jalen Suggs told Chet Holmgren he had won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award:— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) June 9, 2021
"That's pretty cool that they had Jalen present it," said @ChetHolmgren. pic.twitter.com/NiUVQmHVlQ
Holmgren helped lead his Minnehaha Academy Redhawks to a 20-1 record and a state championship. He averaged 20.8 points, 12.6 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, and 4.4 assists per game while shooting an absurd 68.2 percent from the floor. Over the course of his high school career, Holmgren totaled 1,567 points, 964 rebounds, and 456 blocked shots.
The expectations for Holmgren are already sky high, and this win will only help push them further. Holmgren, who has already won a variety of national awards, now joins an elite level of preparatory basketball players. The Gatorade National Player of the Year Award reads like a whos-who of stellar NBA players, including LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Jrue Holiday, Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons, Baron Davis, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Chris Webber, and Alonzo Mourning.
The hype train had already left Spokane before Holmgren arrived in campus. The Zags are routinely showing up as one of (and usually atop) the way-too-early top 25 rankings, and with good reasons. Although the Zags lost a large chunk of their Final Four winning squad from last season, they return Drew Timme, Andrew Nembhard, Anton Watson, Dominick Harris, and Julian Strawther, welcome the second-best recruiting class in the country (according to 247 Sports), and secured the services of transfer Rasir Bolton.