The Class of 2021 had a rough recruiting journey as the pandemic stifled a lot of opportunities that could’ve helped their recruiting process. With great athletes from top to bottom that have found themselves a home in the next few…
The Class of 2021 had a rough recruiting journey as the pandemic stifled a lot of opportunities that could’ve helped their recruiting process. With great athletes from top to bottom that have found themselves a home in the next few years to come, we look forward to tracking these athletes for years to come. This year we have a player landed on one of the top programs in the country in Nolan Hickman Nolan Hickman 6'2" | PG Eastside Catholic | 2021 #29 Nation UT who signed with Gonzaga, a program that is turning into a destination that not only competes for a National Championship every year but they are producing professionals.
The state of Utah like most years has also produced a few more multi-sport athletes that not only excelled on the hardwood and also other respective venues. Utah has had players sign D1, Football, Baseball and Track & Field scholarships just to name a few.
#1 6’2 PG Nolan Hickman Nolan Hickman 6'2" | PG Eastside Catholic | 2021 #29 Nation UT
Wasatch Academy High School
Nolan has taken his Wasatch Academy team to new heights as he becomes the 1st McDonalds All-American in school history and coming from one of the oldest schools in the state it is a big accomplishment. He was sought out and recruited by every major university in the country. He was committed to Kentucky but opened up his recruitment late and ended up landing at Gonzaga as he will team-up with the #1 player in the country. Nolan has a calm yet bulldog type game as he can create for himself and his value increases with his ability to create for others. He can switch directions and break through different angles so quickly. He has great elevation on his jump shot and he can knock those deep balls down. He defends at a high level and he can handle pressure the entire floor. Nolan Hickman Nolan Hickman 6'2" | PG Eastside Catholic | 2021 #29 Nation UT has an opportunity to play at the highest level once setting foot on campus next year and he has an opportunity to play beyond that at the highest level as well.
#2 6’8 W/G Jake Wahlin Jake Wahlin 6'8" | SF Timpview | 2021 State #150 Nation UT
Brigham Young University
Timpview High School
Jake is one of the most intriguing prospects in the class of 2021 and mainly because he can play so many positions. At the high school level he played the 3-5 positions but in a way he was just a position-less player out there. On the circuit it was common to see him run the 1-3 positions as he could release pressure with his vision, skill and handle. Jake is a late bloomer who started to really pop late, which works in his favor as he will defer playing immediately as he will be back in two years as he serves a 2-year LDS Mission. Jake brings a lot of skill and promise to a program that is flurishing under Mark Pope and staff. Jake is a Swiss Army Knife of sorts as he does so many things well. Great perimeter game with a developing floater and some great burst to the basket. Good looking shot from deep and elite vision. Impressive rebounder that can haul them in and push it up the floor.
#3 6’6 SF Robbie Armbrester Robbie Armbrester 6'6" | SF Wasatch Academy | 2021 State #196 Nation UT
University of Houston
Wasatch Academy High School
Robbie is a force that committed early to Houston who made some noise in the recent tournament during March. Robbie is s dog and he has a mature game. He is athletic that goes out there and tries to get every loose ball and he tries to throw down anything near the rim. He is an elite player on both ends of the floor. One of the most impressive players in the country when it comes to absorbing contact and finishing. Really like the way he can get to the rim with steam. He can get to his spots in the mid-range as he uses his agility. High motor defender and rim protector and he is a high motor athlete on the glass and near the paint. Sometimes he just looks like a bully out there. Excited to see his game translate to the next level this next year.
#4 6’8 SF Ethan Potter Ethan Potter 6'8" | SF Layton | 2021 State #194 Nation UT
Utah Valley University
Layton High School
Ethan was this years Mr. Basketball and it was well deserved and earned. Ethan really put his team on his shoulders and carried them to a lot of wins. Ethan is an impressive athlete that is an elite rim running big that can get out in-front of the pack and finish some easy buckets. Ethan improved his game every year as he added new aspects to his game. This past season he really stepped out and hit some jumpers from 15-feet and beyond. Ethan was a high level rim protector and one of the most active rebounders in the state. Ethan put a lot of people on posters this year as he played with more fire. Ethan surprised everyone as he stayed home by choosing Utah Valley University a school that usually doesn’t land high level in-state prospects. Ethan will suit up for the Wolverines in two years after his two year LDS Mission.
#5 6’10 PF Carter Welling Carter Welling 6'10" | PF Corner Canyon | 2021 State UT
Corner Canyon High School
Salt Lake Rebels
Carter Welling Carter Welling 6'10" | PF Corner Canyon | 2021 State UT is one of the more notable players that simply developed late but things just changed for him the summer of his junior year. His athleticism really took off and his strength. Carter was a problem in the pick n’ roll. Carter could step out and shoot it but he was dangerous making moves to the basket. Carter was also a problem without the ball because he could make some elite moves in his face-up game and also with his back to the basket. Really impressed with his strength, grit and motor on the glass and near the rim. When he gets to UC Irvine he will be able to play with his older brother for a few years. Carter is another player locally that will serve a two year LDS Mission.