NBA Draft Analyst Compares Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Jalen Suggs to Milwaukee Bucks Star

Published 01/19/2021, 6:33 AM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) dribbles during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the number one team in the country. Senior forward Corey Kispert has been playing like a contender for the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year, but freshman guard Jalen Suggs has stolen all the headlines.

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He chose Gonzaga over Iowa and Baylor, and is one of the main reasons for their success so far. During their recent game against the Saint Mary’s Gaels, draft analyst Mike Schmitz spoke about how Suggs is going to be an exciting prospect in the NBA.

Apt comparison for Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Jalen Suggs?

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Schmitz said, “(I like his) toughness and his competitiveness. He’s the best player on the best team in the country at 19 years old, and that’s what scouts love about him. They love that he’s a two-way player and makes everyone around him better. I think he can have a Jrue Holiday type of impact at the next level.”

Talking potential #1 pick Jalen Suggs during last night's Gonzaga-Saint Mary's game. It wasn't Suggs' best outing — 14 PTS on 12 shots, 2 AST, 5 TOV — but he's already shown his two-way impact, court vision & slashing ability against teams like Kansas, Iowa, Virginia & Auburn. pic.twitter.com/sfjqPJZ2KB

— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) January 17, 2021

Suggs can orchestrate an offense and is unsurprisingly leading the team in assists. He has perfectly transitioned from a quarterback to a point guard. While his playmaking skills aren’t utilized currently at the Bucks, Jrue Holiday showed he can create and distribute well during his 76ers days.

This comparison also shows how Suggs is an excellent two-way player. A lot of guards gradually develop their defense in the NBA, but Suggs is coming into the league as an exciting player who can be an influence on both ends. He is also unselfish, like Holiday, and will definitely be an asset to any team that drafts him.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) dribbles the ball against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

What does Suggs need to work on before entering the league?

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Schmitz praised Suggs but also pointed out one area he needs to improve on. But later, he ended by saying how Suggs will be the ultimate coach’s dream wherever he lands.

He said, “You saw the shooting there, he’s made two of his last 15 threes over his last six games. That’s clearly where he needs to improve. But he’s one of the four contenders for the number one pick in this draft. He’s going to be a coach’s dream just because of his feel for the game.”

Jan 14, 2021; Spokane, Washington, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) makes a three-pointer over Pepperdine Waves guard Jade’ Smith (5) in the second half of a WCC menÕs basketball game at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs won 95-70. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Suggs has shown promise so far and looks like he can easily be a top 3 pick. If he can work on his shooting, and if the Bulldogs go on to win the NCAA title, his stock is only going to rise further.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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