WATCH: Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Jalen Suggs Shows Off Playmaking Skills with Outrageous Pass

Published 01/04/2021, 11:18 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 were ranked as the number one team since the preseason. They have lived up to that ranking, have stayed firm at the top spot. One of the major factors behind their success is freshman guard Jalen Suggs.

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He stole the show during the Bulldogs’ last game with a beautiful dime. Right from their own half, Suggs threw the ball towards Dominick Harris and had a perfect spin to reach the 4-star prospect. But he denied Suggs the assist after he got fouled by San Francisco’s Julian Rishwain while finishing the layup.

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Although it doesn’t count as an assist, it was one of the best passes of the season so far. Suggs has proved that he has the ability to be a premier playmaker, and this was just a glimpse of it.

Can Gonzaga Bulldogs’ Jalen Suggs be a Top-3 player in the 2021 NBA Draft?

The Bulldogs roped in the 5-star prospect Suggs in the off-season, becoming their highest-ranked prospect ever. He had a host of offers to choose from, with colleges like Iowa, Baylor, and Marquette being some teams that were eager to bring him in.

Suggs could also have picked the G-League route that other top prospects like Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga chose. But he chose to sign with the Bulldogs, who are in a prime position to chase their first NCAA title. So his arrival just boosts their chances of winning it.

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Dec 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) celebrates with guard Jalen Suggs (1) and forward Drew Timme (2) during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The question now is, does Suggs have the potential to be a Top-3 draft pick in the 2021 NBA Draft? If he continues to play like he is, there is no doubt about it. Multiple mock drafts have already placed at him 3rd for the value he offers on both ends of the floor.

Suggs ranks 3rd in the country in assists per game and is first in steals per game. Although he is only averaging 13.9 points per game currently, he has shown that when given the license, he can be an explosive scorer too. He scored 27 points against Iowa and went 7-10 from three leading them to the win.

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He has the potential to be a franchise point guard for any team that will be fortunate enough to draft him next year.

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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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