Top Rookie Chet Holmgren Commits To Gonzaga With Amazing Custom Shirt
After an unbeaten regular season and an appearance in the national title, Gonzaga added the nation’s top rookie to Chet Holmgren.
The 18-year-old is a McDonald’s All-American who won the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year and Naismith Prep Player of the Year. You may remember Holmgren as the 7 foot high school student who walked through Stephen Curry in 2019.
These days, his star is still on the rise as he’s about to take the big step into college basketball. He chooses Gonzaga over Georgetown, Memphis, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State. He also considered Minnesota, where his father Dave Holmgren played college basketball.
All things considered, the news wasn’t seen as too much of a surprise, especially since he had a custom shirt with modifications of him in the Gonzaga jerseys for the announcement:
Chet Holmgren engages with Gonzaga.
Pretty cool engagement shirt pic.twitter.com/B8F4lY0oBj
– jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) April 19, 2021
His father, who was sitting next to him, also wore the shirt.
Holmgren was asked if the move was official or if he also plans to turn pro to play for the G League Ignite. He confirmed that the decision was official and that he will play college basketball next season.
You can watch the video of his announcement in the clip, embedded below.
Chet Holmgren walks up to Gonzague pic.twitter.com/p2SxlxdoAj
– CJ Fogler #BlackLivesMatter (@cjzero) April 19, 2021
The big man played alongside prominent Gonzaga goaltender Jalen Suggs, one of the top five picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Holmgren said Suggs helped him make his decision. Based on Suggs Instagram Story, it seemed he was present for the announcement and satisfied with the decision.
Holmgren and Suggs were also AAU teammates, dominating for Grassroots Sizzle on the Under Armor circuit.
While playing for Grassroots Sizzle in 2019, although still only a sophomore in high school, Holmgren averaged 15.1 points per game while shooting 45.7% over the arc.
He also added 4.9 blocks per game and his percentage of blocks (14.9 percent) ranked as the best among all AAU players, by Open Look Analytics.
– Overtime (@ overtime) April 19, 2021
Even a few minutes of watching his highlights make you realize why he is so exciting.
Holmgren is a screened first choice in the 2022 NBA Draft. While Gonzaga hasn’t been able to close the deal and win a national title this season, he could be the missing piece of the puzzle for the head coach Mark Few, especially if key players like Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard return for another year.
If that happens, the jersey he wore when he announced his engagement will be a coveted keepsake for fans of the program.