We don’t get to do this often, so we’re going to do it right.
Five-star 2021 prospect Patrick Baldwin Jr. has chosen to play for the Milwaukee Panthers over the Duke Blue Devils.
That’s it. No context needed. Nope.
Baldwin is ranked fourth in ESPN’s Class of 2021 rankings and chose between the Panthers, Blue Devils and (lol) Georgetown.
If you want to know what Baldwin will bring to the Horizon League next year, turn to Shawn Krest, who had this to say about the 6-foot-8 phenom:
He has a freakishly large wingspan that gives him a shot that looks nearly impossible to block. Unlike many players with incredible length who struggle to coordinate all the moving parts of their limbs, Baldwin has a smooth shot and fast release, giving him an accurate shot from three-point range and beyond. His shot draws many comparisons to NBA sharpshooter Klay Thompson. At 6-foot-8, 190 pounds, he’s two inches taller than Thompson, however.
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In the interest of actually doing my job (again, lol), we should mention that Baldwin’s father, Patrick Baldwin, is also Milwaukee’s coach. This MIGHT HAVE had an impact on getting him to commit but we cannot say for sure. We will never truly know.