The expression “you can’t teach size” is among the most commonly coined phrases in grassroots basketball, especially regarding recruiting and player development. Often times, college programs will be more inclined to take a chance on a prospect who isn’t quite as polished but possesses enticing physical attributes. Theoretically, these college coaching staffs have confidence in their ability to take a project and progress them into a meaningful contributor. There was a certain college program a few years back who was willing to take a massive, physical specimen who also doubled as one of the worst players in terms of IQ and polish. Despite heavy pursuit, they fell short, and the kid opted to straight-up not play basketball. Fortunately, John Baldwin is far more than just a big body and imposing physical presence…

After some flashes for Northwood Temple earlier this season, Baldwin has looked considerably better since the travel season began. He’s currently with the Garner Road Bryant group and regularly finds ways to stand out as an intriguing prospect. For starters, his legit 6-foot-11 frame will make spectators and onlookers take a second glance. Baldwin is truly huge, but doesn’t let his size dictate his identity as a player. He possesses soft hands, solid footwork, and great activity around the basket—both as a defender and rebounder. Baldwin alters shots as a nice rate, displays unselfishness with the ball, and never tries to force the action or do too much. Refining his body and getting in better basketball shape is going to be a major factor in his overall appeal to college coaches. However, between his IQ, strength, toughness, and willingness to play hard, the tools are already in place for Baldwin to become an excellent player.