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

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

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

Oregon

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Washington

Wisconsin

SI99 Breakdown by College Commitment

ACC

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Louisville

Miami

NC State

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

Dayton

Gonzaga

  • Ben Gregg – 6-8 / 210 / PF from Clackamas, Ore.
  • Kaden Perry – 6-9 / 225 / C from Battle Ground, Wash.

Memphis

UNLV

Western Kentucky

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