Status: UK target
Forward | 6-10 | 210
Hometown: Sussex, Wis.
Ever since there have been player rankings for the 2021 class, Patrick Baldwin Jr. has been in the conversation for the No. 1 spot. The sharp-shooting forward from the Milwaukee area will remain in that discussion for the rest of his high school career, and he goes into his junior season with a top-3 ranking from every major national recruiting service.
Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Baldwin during the summer following his sophomore year, and Baldwin had great things to say about his initial meeting with John Calipari, who, it seems, will make him a major target in the 2021 cycle.
“You just see all the players that go through the program and improve day by day. And then they get to achieve the goal of the NBA,” Baldwin told the Herald-Leader in October. “Coach Calipari — that whole staff — is somebody that I really think highly of. And, when I talked with them when they came to visit my school — he just blew me away by his professionalism and everything that he had to say about his program.”
Duke has long been seen as the favorite to land Baldwin — the son of Milwaukee head coach Pat Baldwin — and the Blue Devils might still be tough to beat, but Calipari isn’t letting up on the dynamic forward prospect anytime soon.
Baldwin averaged 24.2 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game as a high school junior, leading his team to the state quarterfinals before the tournament was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“He fits today’s game to a T, right? He’s a 6-9, 6-10 combo forward that can shoot the heck out of the ball. And today’s game is so reliant on making shots. He’s getting more athletic. He’s getting bigger. He’s getting stronger. He’s tough. His dad is the head coach at Milwaukee, so you know he has an IQ for the game. When you’re talking about safe prospects — guys that are going to make it — I’m going to bet on him.”
-Recruiting analyst Corey Evans