Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren declares for the NBA draft

SPOKANE, Wash. — The anticipated announcement is here: Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren has announced he is declaring for the draft.

His announcement comes just hours after point guard Andrew Nembhard said he was doing the same. He is now the fourth Zag, including Julian Strawther and Drew Timme, to enter the draft.

Holmgren was Gonzaga’s first-ever No. 1 basketball recruit. In his year with the team, he was named to the NABC Player of the Year watchlist, named WCC Freshman of the Week nine times and set the team record for total blocks in one season.

“It’s always been my dream to play in the NBA. Growing up, I was fortunate to have the most incredible basketball trainers, AAU coaches and high school coaches that gave their all to help me work towards that dream, and I can’t thank them enough. I’m also blessed to have an amazing family that’s supported me and instilled in me a work ethic that’s taken me on an incredible basketball journey, one that was made even more special this year as our family was welcomed into an even bigger one, Zag Nation,” Holmgren tweeted.

Holmgren is expected to be among the first picks in this year’s draft.

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