2020 five star Jalen Suggs announced his intentions to play college basketball at Gonzaga. Suggs is a 6’5″ combo guard who is considered one of the top fifteen recruits as well as being a four star dual threat quarterback on the field football field. If it was not obvious from his two sport accolades, Suggs is a high level athlete with a strong vertical and top end speed that should allow him to play as the lead guard at the next level. He gets to the line at a good rate and he has been able to knock down free throws at 80% on the AAU circuit, with the major area of his game needing improvement being outside shooting. By no means is Suggs a bad shooter, he just needs to become more consistent and work on avoiding becoming a streaky scorer as he career continues. His athletic ability gives him a good foundation to defend on the perimeter, and Mark Few is as good as they come at developing players all around game.
Suggs is ranked #11 by Rivals, #12 by 247 Sports, and #6 by ESPN in the class of 2020. This is a big pick up for the Gonzaga program, but it does come with a caveat unfortunately for the Zag’s faitful. There is a chance, and some have said a good chance, that Suggs will choose to spend a year outside of the country playing professional. He has stated himself that this is a possibility being considered and that it will take an enticing offer from a team before that is a reality. Multiple teams have interest in signing the guard so it is something to keep an eye as we get closer to the off-season. Players that would be freshman in college playing overseas has had mixed results but regardless of whether or not Suggs plays college basketball, there is a high likelihood that he enters the 2021 draft. We currently have him going #25 in our 2021 mock draft, and the consensus among draft analysts is that he projects as a first round pick with the potential to go in the lottery.