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Posted On: 11/9/17 12:00 PM
Sussex Hamilton (WI) small forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. might end up being the #1 overall prospect in the entire country when it is all said and done in 2021. At 6’8” he looks like a young Kevin Durant out there. Still pretty thin he has a frame where he will add on bulk as his high school career goes along. Length is a major plus which plays well on the defensive end where you see him get steals, deflections, and blocks. Offensively he can score in a multitude of ways. He has unlimited range on his jump shot out to well beyond the three point arc. Very clean looking stroke with pure mechanics. Handles it well with long strides. Skillful passer and is willing to get others involved. Elite high-major prospect.
Baldwin’s dad was an assistant coach at Northwestern and this summer was hired as the head coach at Wisconsin Milwaukee. Baldwin was set to attend Loyola High School in Illinois and when his dad took the job at UWM he moved north. How is it going so far at his new school?
“The move up to Milwaukee has been great. I am attending Sussex Hamilton this year. My school has been really great to me. It isn’t too much of a difference. I am still in the Midwest and get to see all the same people. It is really great.”
Last summer he ran with Game Time on the circuit.
“It went really well. We only played in about five tournaments. I think we got really good in the summer. Not sure who I will be playing with next year because of the move, but I feel like I got much better last summer.”
Look for him to be one of the most coveted players heading into next spring by Midwest AAU programs. He spoke about his game and what he brings to the table as a prospect.
“I kind of pride my game on scoring. High octane scoring with mid-range game. Getting it done. I may not come across as the most athletic kid, but just get things done both offensively and defensively.”
At camps like the NY2LA Futures Camp and Pangos All-Midwest where he shined at both what is his mindset going in?
“Get better and compete. If you compete you will get noticed.”