Chet Holmgren Rumors
Basketball fans got a treat Thursday evening when the No. 1 junior in the country, Emoni Bates, squared off with the No. 1 senior in the country, Chet Holmgren. Bates is touted as the best high school prospect since LeBron James, but it was the lanky, 7-foot-1 Holmgren who was the star of the game. Holmgren’s Minnesota team, Team Sizzle, defeated Bates’ Ypsi Prep, 78-71, and both players finished with a double-double. Bates had a quiet 36 points (11-for-22 from the field) and 10 rebounds while Holmgren dominated both ends of the court with impressive blocks, long threes and powerful dunks in the lane, finishing with 31 points (13-for-18 from the field), 12 rebounds and six blocks.
The G League route is always a possibility for top prospects but Holmgren is committed to going to college. “Obviously the G League crossed my mind and I thought about it but for the most part I’m focused on going to college,” Holmgren said. NBA scouts watching Thursday night might have tuned in initially for Bates but quickly realized it was Holmgren who was the better prospect on the court. We’ll have to wait two short years to see how his game will translate to the NBA but if this last game is any indication of the type of player Holmgren can be at the next level, he has the potential to be an All-Star.