The 2021 NBA Draft is just two days away, and the media chatter from the prospects is underway. Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs is already showcasing his competitive edge. Speaking to Ryan Wolstat, of the Toronto Sun, on teams that pass on him, he said,
"It will be to their own detriment. I won't be angry, but, I don't forget those kinds of things."Jalen Suggs
Suggs is the projected fourth pick in this year's draft on most boards. With most viewing Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley & Jalen Green as the top prospects. However, Suggs has been praised for his killer instinct, and it's showing before he even steps on the court.
Suggs has never been a full-time basketball player before, having also been a star quarterback. When entering college, Suggs was a consensus five-star recruit in basketball and considered a four-star dual-threat quarterback by ESPN. Given the level he has already reached with dual commitments, it's scary to think what level Suggs could get to in the NBA.
He backed up his comment on teams passing on him by saying,
"My teams have always won. I've always played at the highest level." Jalen Suggs
This was evident in the 2021 NCAA tournament when Suggs banked in a 30 foot, 3-point, buzzer-beater to defeat the no.11 seed UCLA in overtime, advancing Gonzaga to the championship game. He finished by saying he won't be angry, but, "I don't forget these things."
For now, these are just words, but the right words for any team/fanbase. Suggs averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 assists & 2.8 steals as a freshman at Gonzaga, with a true shooting percentage of 60.2. He's clearly got the mindset of Michael 'I took that personally' Jordan. But can he now back it up like MJ?
Jalen Suggs physical stats, standing at 6'4 and 200 pounds. Added to his high IQ, excellent skill and athleticism appear to equal an NBA-ready player as for which teams pass on the Gonzaga guard. We will soon find out.