Patrick Baldwin Jr. is one of the top players on the 2021 NCAA basketball recruiting class. How would he fit at each of his 10 finalists?
With the NCAA basketball offseason mostly transitioning out of the “transfer phase”, programs around the nation have begun to shift their full attention to the 2021 recruiting class. With only two of the Top 25 prospects currently committed from the class, there are certainly several high-profile prospects available for the elite programs of the nation to target. Among the most notable of this group is five-star Patrick Baldwin Jr. out of Sussex, WI.
The 6-foot-9 forward is ranked at No. 3 in the entire class and seemingly fits the modern game perfectly with his all-around skill. He clearly brings a great frame to the wing and should be able to continue adding muscle with over a year until the start of his collegiate career. In terms of his playing style, 247Sports’ Brian Snow compares him to NBA All-Star Klay Thompson. While this is setting the bar high, he has the potential to reach that ceiling with continued development.
Baldwin has a great stroke from beyond the arc and also boasts the elite defensive characteristics that are often associated with Thompson. Baldwin is also a high-level athlete with the ability to create for himself while bringing superb basketball IQ to the table as well. He is extremely well-rounded as a contributor and should be a one-year star at the collegiate level before taking his talents to the NBA.
With AAU circuits currently postponed, Baldwin’s recruitment could be speeding up just a little bit. On May 9th, he announced his final 10 schools. Duke, Northwestern, and Milwaukee all appear to be among the favorites and were included on the list to no surprise. The rest of the top 10 includes the likes of Georgetown, Michigan, UCLA, Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
Now that he has trimmed his list of potential suitors, let’s dive into how Baldwin might fit at each destination.