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Unveiling the SI99 Basketball Prospect Rankings/SI All-American Nominations

Sports Illustrated unveils the SI99, a ranking of the top high school basketball prospects in the nation.

Sports Illustrated All-American on Wednesday unveiled the SI99, a ranking of the top basketball prospects from the high school class of 2021 in the country.

The 99 seniors who made the cut earn the distinction of being named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate.

As three-point volume continues exploding and coaches at every level grow less reliant on traditional big men, a prevailing notion among basketball diehards across the country is that guard play drives success in the modern game. The makeup of the SI99 certainly doesn't refute the increasing value of perimeter play. 

But in a nod to both basketball's present and future, the group of 2021 SI All-American candidates is marked by prospects who buck traditional expectations of size, skill and position.

"The prevailing theme in the inaugural SI99 hoops rankings is size and versatility," said SI All-American basketball recruiting director Jason Jordan. "The vast majority of the top-tier players are truly position-less, with a wide variety of skills that will translate immediately at the next level and, ultimately, in the NBA. 

"The top spot is the best indicator of this with Chet Holmgren, a seven-footer who dominates like a center on both ends, handles the ball like a point guard and drains three-pointers like a marksman. This is the best collection of talent in the senior class." 

Among highlights of the SI99 are:

  • Seven of the top-10 players standing 6-foot-9 or taller.
  • 14 prospects playing their final high school season in Florida, by far the most of any state.
  • Four players currently committed to Michigan, more than any other school.

Hundreds and hundreds of student-athletes across the country were evaluated for consideration as All-American candidates before the SI99 was finalized. Video highlights, scouting analyses and a breakdown of each player’s college verbal commitment and/or top college contenders can be found on their bio pages at SIAllAmerican.com.

The full SI99 is below:

  1. PF/C Chet Holmgren / Minneapolis, Minn. (Minnehaha Academy) – undecided
  2. C Paolo Banchero / Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea) – Duke
  3. SG Jaden Hardy / Henderson, Nev. (Coronado) – undecided
  4. PF Michael Foster / Phoenix, Ariz. (Hillcrest Prep) – undecided
  5. SF Patrick Baldwin Jr. / Sussex, Wis. (Hamilton) – undecided
  6. PF Jabari Smith Jr. / Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) – Auburn
  7. PG Kennedy Chandler / Wichita, Kan. (Sunrise Christian Academy) – Tennessee
  8. SF A.J. Griffin / White Plains, N.Y. (Archbishop Stepinac) – Duke
  9. PF Moussa Diabate / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) – Michigan
  10. C Nathan Bittle / Napa, Calif. (Prolific Prep) – Oregon
  11. PG JD Davison / Letohatchee, Ala. (Calhoun) – Alabama
  12. SG Caleb Houstan / Montverde, Fla. (Montverde Academy) – Michigan
  13. SG Trevor Keels / Fairfaix, Va. (Paul VI Catholic) – undecided
  14. SG Max Christie / Rolling Meadows, Ill. (Rolling Meadows) – Michigan State
  15. PG Daeshun Ruffin / Jackson, Miss. (Callaway) – Ole Miss
  16. SG Hunter Sallis / Omaha, Neb. (Millard North) – Undecided
  17. SG Aminu Mohamed / Springfield, Mo. (Greenwood Laboratory) - Georgetown
  18. C Efton Reid / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) – undecided
  19. SF Kendall Brown / Wichita, Kan. (Sunrise Christian Academy) – Baylor
  20. C Daimion Collins / Atlanta, Texas (Atlanta) – Kentucky
  21. SG Langston Love / Montverde, Fla. (Montverde Academy) – Baylor
  22. SG Matt Cleveland / Alpharetta, Ga. (Pace Academy) – Florida State
  23. PG Zion Harmon / Benton, Ky. (Marshall County) – Western Kentucky
  24. C Charles Bediako / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) – undecided
  25. SF Harrison Ingram / Dallas, Texas (Saint Mark's School of Texas) – Stanford
  26. SF Trey Patterson / Somerset, N.J. (Rutgers Prep) – Villanova
  27. SF Malaki Branham / Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary) – Ohio State
  28. PF Bryce Hopkins / Oak Park, Ill. (Fenwick) – Kentucky
  29. SG Bryce McGowens / Greenville, S.C. (Legacy Early College Charter) – Nebraska
  30. PG Frankie Collins / Chandler, Ariz. (Compass Prep) – Michigan
  31. SF Josh Minott / Boca Raton, Fla. (St. Andrew's School) – Memphis
  32. PG Jalen Warley / West Chester, Pa. (Westtown) – Florida State
  33. C Jerrell Colbert / Germantown, Tenn. (Houston) – LSU
  34. SG Dallan "Deebo" Coleman / Callahan, Fla. (West Nassau) – Georgia Tech
  35. PF Caleb Furst / Fort Wayne, Ind. (Blackhawk Christian) – Purdue
  36. SG Chance Moore / Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern) – Arkansas
  37. SF Peyton Watson / Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Polytechnic) – UCLA
  38. C Wilhelm Breidenbach / Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) – Nebraska
  39. PF DaRon Holmes / Montverde, Fla. (Montverde Academy) – Dayton
  40. C Micawber "Mac" Etienne / Wolfeboro, N.H. (Brewster Academy) – UCLA
  41. PG Rahsool Diggins / Warminster, Pa. (Archbishop Wood Catholic) – Connecticut
  42. C Jackson Grant / Olympia, Wash. (Olympia) – Washington
  43. PF Arthur Kaluma / Glendale, Ariz. (Dream City Christian) – UNLV
  44. SF Keon Edwards / Phoenix, Ariz. (Hillcrest Prep) – DePaul
  45. PG Nolan Hickman / Mt. Pleasant, Utah (Wasatch Academy) – Kentucky
  46. PF Zach Clemence / Wichita, Kan. (Sunrise Christian Academy) – Kansas
  47. SF Dontrez Styles / Kinston, N.C. (Kinston) – North Carolina
  48. SF Johnathan Lawson / Memphis, Tenn. (Wooddale) – Oregon
  49. PG Isael Silva / Napa, Calif. (Prolific Prep) – Stanford
  50. PF Benny Williams / Bowie, Md. (St. Andrew's Episcopal) – Syracuse
  51. C John Butler / Greenville, S.C. (Christ Church Episcopal) – Florida State
  52. SF Quincy Allen / Washington, D.C. (Maret School) – Colorado
  53. SF Alex Fudge / Jacksonville, Fla. (Lee) – LSU
  54. PG Jordan Hawkins / Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic) – Connecticut
  55. SG Trey Alexander / Oklahoma City, Okla. (Heritage Hall) – Auburn
  56. SG Manny Obaseki / Plano, Texas (John Paul II) – Texas A&M
  57. PF K.J. Adams / Austin, Texas (Westlake) – Kansas
  58. SG Will McClendon / Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman) – UCLA
  59. PG Jaden Akins / Ypsilanti, Mich. (Ypsi Prep) – Michigan State
  60. PF Ernest Ross / Alachua, Fla. (Santa Fe) – N.C. State
  61. SG Kobe Bufkin / Grand Rapids, Mich. (Grand Rapids Christian) – Michigan
  62. SF Reese Dixon-Waters / Los Angeles, Calif. (Saint Bernard Catholic) – USC
  63. SG Kowacie Reeves / Macon, Ga. (Westside) – Florida
  64. C Ryan Mutombo / Atlanta, Ga. (The Lovett School) – Georgetown
  65. PG Tyrese Hunter / Racine, Wis. (Saint Catherine's) – Iowa State
  66. SG D'Marco Dunn / Fayetteville, N.C. (Westover) – North Carolina
  67. SG Shane Nowell / Sammamish, Wash. (Eastside Catholic) – Arizona
  68. SF Jordan Nesbitt / St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis Christian Academy) – Memphis
  69. SG Pierre Brooks / Detroit, Mich. (Douglass Academy) – Michigan State
  70. PF Trey Kaufman / Sellersburg, Ind. (Silver Creek) – Purdue
  71. C Samson Johnson / Elizabeth, N.J. (The Patrick School) – Connecticut
  72. SG Shane Dezonie / Wolfeboro, N.H. (Brewster Academy) – Arizona
  73. C Jonas Aidoo / Charlotte, N.C. (Liberty Heights Athletic Institute) – undecided
  74. PF Julian Reese / Owings Mills, Md. (St. Frances Academy) – Maryland
  75. C Roosevelt Wheeler / Richmond, Va. (John Marshall) – Louisville
  76. C Kaden Perry / Battle Ground, Wash. (Battle Ground) – Gonzaga
  77. SG Luke Goode / Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead) – Illinois
  78. PG TyTy Washington / Phoenix, Ariz. (Compass Prep) – Creighton
  79. SF Jaylon Tyson / Plano, Texas (John Paul II) – Texas Tech
  80. PG Bensley Joseph / Putnam, Conn. (Putnam Science Academy) – Miami
  81. PG Ahamad Bynum / Chicago, Ill. (Simeon) – DePaul
  82. PG Bobby Pettiford / Creedmoor, N.C. (South Granville) – Louisville
  83. SF Kaleb Washington / Mableton, Ga. (Pebblebrook) – Dayton
  84. SG Tamar Bates / Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy) – Texas
  85. SG Malik Thomas / La Verne, Calif. (Damien) – USC
  86. SG Brandin Podziemski / Delafield, Wis. (St. John's Northwestern Academies) – undecided
  87. SF Ramses Melendez / Kissimmee, Fla. (Central Pointe Christian) – undecided
  88. PF Mason Miller / Germantown, Tenn. (Houston) – Creighton
  89. SG Ike Cornish / Greenville, S.C. (Legacy Early College Charter) – Maryland
  90. SG Terquavion Smith / Farmville, N.C. (Farmville Central) – N.C. State
  91. SG Jakai Robinson / Fort Washington, Md. (National Christian Academy) – Miami
  92. SG Jahmai Mashack / Etiwanda, Calif. (Etiwanda) – Tennessee
  93. SF Jeremy Sochan / Ulm, Germany (OrangeAcademy) – Baylor
  94. SG C.J. Noland / Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie) – Oklahoma
  95. SG Jordan Longino / Germantown, Pa. (Germantown Academy) – Villanova
  96. SG Wesley Cardet / Orlando, Fla. (West Oaks Academy) – undecided
  97. C Nnanna Njoku / Hockessin, Del. (Sanford Academy) – Villanova
  98. SG Blake Wesley / South Bend, Ind. (Riley) – Notre Dame
  99. Ryan Nembhard / Montverde, Fla. (Montverde Academy) - Creighton

SI99 Breakdown by State

Alabama

  • JD Davison – 6-3 / 175 / PG from Letohatchee, AL

Arizona

California

Connecticut

Delaware

Washington, D.C.

Florida

Georgia

Germany

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Mississippi

North Carolina

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Nevada

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

SI99 Breakdown by College Commitment

ACC

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Louisville

Miami

NC State

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North Carolina

Notre Dame

Syracuse

Big Ten

Illinois

  • Luke Goode – 6-6 / 185 / SG from Fort Wayne, Ind.

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan State

Nebraska

Ohio State

Purdue

Big 12

Baylor

Iowa State

Kansas

Oklahoma

Texas

Texas Tech

Big East

Connecticut

Creighton

DePaul

Georgetown

Villanova

Pac-12

Arizona

Colorado

Oregon

Stanford

UCLA

USC

Washington

SEC

Alabama

  • JD Davison – 6-3 / 175 / PG from Letohatchee, AL

Arkansas

Auburn

Florida

Kentucky

LSU

Mississippi

Tennessee

Texas A&M

Mid-Majors

Creighton

  • Ryan Nembhard - 6-1 / 170 / PG from Montverde, Fla.

Dayton

Gonzaga

  • Kaden Perry – 6-9 / 225 / C from Battle Ground, Wash.

Memphis

UNLV

Western Kentucky

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