One play shows Chet Holmgren’s frightening NBA potential

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Chet Holmgren was a real-life cheat code in Gonzaga’s 83-63 blowout win against UCLA in Tuesday’s Empire Classic.

The 7-foot-1 freshman center went coast-to-coast on an explosive drive in the second quarter after he made a huge block on UCLA’s Myles Johnson.

Holmgren got the rebound and jogged down the court for a leaping dunk — but not before he pulled off a swift behind-the-back move on Johnson.

The 19-year-old Holmgren showcased his length on a variety of dunks throughout the matchup between the top two teams in college basketball.

He finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, adding six rebounds and four blocks.

“It’s what we expect of him and what he expects from himself,” said Gonzaga forward Drew Timme about his teammate. “It’s just Chet. He’s one of a kind.”

Chet Holmgren dunks against UCLA.
Chet Holmgren dunks against UCLA.
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Holmgren already looks NBA-ready ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft in June and is expected to be among the top picks, if not going No. 1.

The Minnesota native plays physical, is an elite shot-blocker and has 3-point range. His long, lanky build allows him to spread the floor easily, which complements his ability to drive to the basket.



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