Chet Holmgren was a real-life cheat code in Gonzaga’s 83-63 blowout win over UCLA at Tuesday’s Empire Classic.
The 7-foot-1 freshman center went from coast to coast on an explosive drive in the second quarter after a huge blockade at UCLA’s Miles Johnson.
Holmgren got the rebound and drove to the court for a jumping dunk – but not before he moved quickly behind Johnson’s back.
The 19-year-old Holmgren displayed his length on various dunks throughout the match between the top two teams in college basketball.
He finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting with six rebounds and four blocks.
“What we expect from him and what he expects from him,” Gonzaga forward Drew Timme said of his teammate. “It’s just Chet. He is one of a kind. ”
Holmgren is already NBA-ready before the 2022 NBA Draft in June and is expected to become one of the top picks if not the No. 1 pick.
The Minnesota native plays physically, is an elite shot-blocker and has a 3-point range. His long, long structure allows him to spread the floor easily, which complements his ability to drive the basket.