|No. 1 – Gonzaga Bulldogs|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||West Coast Conference|
|Born||June 3, 2001|
Saint Paul, Minnesota
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Minnehaha Academy|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jalen Suggs (born June 3, 2001) is an American basketball player. He is considered a top prospect for the 2021 NBA draft. He played for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as a true freshman during the 2020–21 NCAA season. Listed at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and 205 pounds (93 kg), he plays the point guard and shooting guard positions.
As a high school student in the U.S. state of Minnesota, Suggs was a consensus five-star recruit while competing for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. In 2020, he was named MaxPreps Athlete of the Year in his senior year of high school for his duel-sport success in basketball and football.
Jalen Suggs was born on June 3, 2001, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to parents Larry Suggs and Molly Manley. Suggs' father was an accomplished local athlete. Suggs started playing basketball at an early age. In seventh grade, he played three games of junior varsity basketball for Minnehaha Academy, a private Christian school in Minneapolis, before moving to the varsity team. Suggs was a starter at the varsity level as an eighth-grader, averaging 17.5 points, 4.4 steals and four assists per game.
As a freshman at Minnehaha Academy, Suggs averaged 21.5 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game. He scored 22 points, including 15 in the second half, to win the Class 2A state championship over Crosby-Ironton High School. Suggs was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American first team. In his sophomore season, he averaged 16 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, leading his team to another Class 2A state title. Suggs earned Associated Press (AP) All-State first team and MaxPreps Sophomore All-American second team honors.
As a junior, he averaged 23.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game, winning a third straight Class 2A state championship. Suggs was named to the AP All-State first team and MaxPreps Junior All-American third team. As a senior, he averaged 23.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, five assists and 3.9 steals per game. The school’s 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic one day after it won a section title, and the team was unable to defend its state championship. Suggs left as his school's all-time leading scorer, with 2,945 career points. Suggs earned MaxPreps All-American first team and Minnesota Mr. Basketball honors, and was named Minnesota AP Player of the Year. He was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit, but all three games were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to basketball, Suggs played the quarterback position for SMB Wolfpack, a cooperative football team representing Minnehaha Academy and three other private schools. He led his team to a Class 4A state championship as a junior in 2018. In his senior season, Suggs helped SMB finish as Class 4A runners-up and was named Minnesota Mr. Football. In his senior year, he was recognized as MaxPreps Athlete of the Year for his success in basketball and football. He became the first athlete in Minnesota history to win the state's Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football awards in the same season.
On January 3, 2020, Suggs committed to play college basketball for Gonzaga University, choosing the Bulldogs over offers from Florida, Florida State, Iowa State and Minnesota. He became the highest ranked player to commit to the program. Suggs was a consensus five-star recruit, with ESPN considering him the fifth-best player in the 2020 class. In football, Suggs was considered a four-star dual-threat quarterback by ESPN.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
PG / SG
|West St. Paul, MN||Minnehaha Academy (MN)||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||200 lb (91 kg)||Jan 3, 2020|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN: ESPN grade: 96|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 11 247Sports: 13 ESPN: 6|
In his college debut on November 25, 2020, Suggs scored 24 points in a 102–90 win over Kansas. In his second game, against Auburn, he scored 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists en route to a victory. On December 2, in a game against West Virginia, he came down with an apparent foot injury but returned later in the game. He ended the game with 4 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Gonzaga won once again. 17 days later he led the Bulldogs with a career-high 27 points in their win over #3 ranked Iowa; he also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals.
In the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Suggs banked in a 30-foot (9.1 m), 3-point, game-winning buzzer beater to defeat No. 11 seed UCLA 93–90 in overtime, advancing Gonzaga to the championship game. It was the first buzzer beater in a Final Four game since 1977. Gonzaga would lose in the National Championship game to the Baylor Bears 86-70. Suggs recorded a team-high 22 points in the loss, to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals in 33 minutes of action.
Suggs won a gold medal with the United States at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 Americas Championship in Formosa, Argentina. In four games, he averaged 7.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. At the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup in Argentina, Suggs averaged 8.7 points and 3.3 steals per game and won another gold medal. He joined the United States at the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup in Heraklion, Greece, averaging 9.6 points per game and helping his team win the gold medal. Suggs scored 15 points, his best mark in the tournament, in the final versus Mali.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Suggs has two younger sisters. Their father, Larry, is the second cousin of NFL player Terrell Suggs, a two-time Super Bowl champion. Suggs is also a cousin of Eddie Jones, a three-time NBA All-Star. He has several other cousins that have played NCAA Division I basketball.
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