Gonzaga vs. Baylor: How the starters in the 2021 NCAA national championship were ranked as high school basketball recruits

It has been widely reported that Jalen Suggs is the highest-ranked recruit in the history of the Gonzaga men’s basketball program. But how were the other Gonzaga starters ranked as high school recruits? And how does Baylor – Gonzaga’s opponent in Monday’s NCAA men’s basketball national championship game – stack up?

Here’s a closer look at how the starters for both teams were evaluated as high school recruits. They are listed in order from highest-ranked to lowest-ranked:

GONZAGA’S STARTERS

JALEN SUGGS, Freshman PG

  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Age: 19
  • High School: Minnehaha Academy (Minnesota), Class of 2020

Suggs’ national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 11 overall (5-star)
  • Rivals: No. 11 overall (5-star)
  • ESPN: No. 2 point guard

ANDREW NEMBHARD, Junior PG

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Age: 21
  • High School: Montverde Academy (Florida), Class of 2018

Nembhard’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 23 overall (5-star)
  • Rivals: No. 19 overall (5-star)
  • ESPN: No. 8 point guard

DREW TIMME, Sophomore C

  • Height: 6-foot-10
  • Age: 20
  • High School: Pearce (Texas), Class of 2019

Timme’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 43 overall (4-star)
  • Rivals: No. 36 overall (4-star)
  • ESPN: No. 9 center

COREY KISPERT, Senior F

  • Height: 6-foot-8
  • Age: 21
  • High School: King’s (Seattle), Class of 2017

Kispert’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 119 overall (4-star)
  • Rivals: No. 92 overall (4-star)
  • ESPN: No. 22 power forward

JOEL AYAYI, Junior G

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Age: 21
  • High School: INSEP Academy (France), Class of 2017

National recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: NR
  • Rivals: NR (4-star)
  • ESPN: NR

BAYLOR’S STARTERS

DAVION MITCHELL, Junior PG

  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Age: 22
  • High School: Liberty County (Georgia), Class of 2018

Mitchell’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 59 overall (4-star)
  • Rivals: No. 63 overall (4-star)
  • ESPN: No. 14 point guard

MARK VITAL, Senior F

  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Age: 24
  • High School: Advanced Prep International (Texas), Class of 2016

Vital’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 89 overall (4-star)
  • Rivals: No. 78 overall (4-star)
  • ESPN: No. 13 small forward

JARED BUTLER, Junior G

  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Age: 20
  • High School: Riverside Academy (Louisiana), Class of 2018

Butler’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 97 overall (4-star)
  • Rivals: No. 129 overall (4-star)
  • ESPN: No. 20 guard

FLO THAMBA, Junior F

  • Height: 6-foot-10
  • Age: 22
  • High School: Mountian Mission (Virginia), Class of 2018

Thamba’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: No. 243 overall (3-star)
  • Rivals: No. 29 center (3-star)
  • ESPN: No. 26 center

MACIO TEAGUE, Senior G

  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Age: 23
  • High School: Walnut Hills (Ohio), Class of 2016

Teague’s national recruiting ranking:

  • 247Sports: NR
  • Rivals: NR (3-star)
  • ESPN: NR

(Jalen Suggs feature photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review)

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