Gonzaga Bulldogs star freshman guard Jalen Suggs to enter NBA draft
Gonzaga freshman guard Jalen Suggs -- the third-rated player in ESPN's Top 100 prospects -- is entering the 2021 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Monday.
Suggs made the announcement Monday afternoon on The Jump from his Minneapolis home.
Suggs, a 6-foot-4 point guard, led Gonzaga to a sensational season as the Bulldogs went undefeated until losing to Baylor in the national championship game. Suggs had a historic performance in an overtime Final Four victory over UCLA, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
Suggs averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals for Gonzaga in less than 30 minutes a game. He was voted a consensus second-team All-American.
ESPN NBA draft analyst Mike Schmitz describes Suggs as a "powerful athlete" with "great body control," and a "downhill driver who can change speeds ... active cutter who can play on or off the ball" and a "mature decision-maker ... poised pick and roll passer who uses both sides of the floor."