One of the most popular brands in all of basketball is a big fan of Daimion Collins.
On Thursday, Spalding, which is based out of Bowling Green, KY and is the largest supplier of basketball equipment in the world, released its 2021 All-American Teams and there were some familiar names that made the cut. This is the first time that Spalding has released an All-American roster in the company’s history.
Making the list of the nation’s top 25 players as voted on by prominent media members, Collins, a 5-star prospect and the No. 10 recruit in the nation who is heading to Lexington for the upcoming season, was named to the All-American Second-Team with Kentucky target TyTy Washington joining him in that group.
Washington is currently undecided on where he’ll play his freshman season of college, but indications are that he’ll pick the Wildcats once he makes his announcement on May 15. As for Bryce Hopkins, who will also suit up for Kentucky this fall as a freshman, he did not make one of the three All-American squads nor was he named as an honorable mention.
Spalding’s All-American teams feature the country’s rising talent hailing from 18 different states, including Gonzaga-bound Chet Holmgren, Duke-bound Paolo Banchero and Tennessee-bound Kennedy Chandler, with the top 25 high school seniors selected by a prestigious committee. pic.twitter.com/761NbNKhMU
— Spalding (@Spalding) May 6, 2021
Gonzaga commit and the class of 2021’s top overall prospect, Chet Holmgren, was tabbed as the National Player of the Year. He received 16 of the first-place votes with Paolo Banchero (four votes, committed to Duke) and Kennedy Chandler (one vote, committed to Tennessee) coming in second and third, respectively. Former Kentucky commitment, Nolan Hickman, was named a Third-Team selection.
All four of Collins, Washington, Hopkins, and Hickman are participating in the Iverson Classic this weekend, a two-day All-American showcase event down in Memphis, TN that includes several of the players who also made Spalding’s list.