Jalen Suggs announced Friday where he plans to be playing basketball and attending college later in 2020.
The 6-5 combo guard said on ESPN that he will be joining No. 1 Gonzaga next season. Suggs chose the Bulldogs over Florida, Florida State, Iowa State and home-state Minnesota (Suggs was born in Minneapolis and is attending high school there).
“I chose Gonzaga because really the family feel for one and for two, the scheme and the way I think it’s perfect for me to come in and do my thing with the bigs that they have right now,” Suggs told 247Sports.com. “I see myself going in there and making an impact right away.”
There’s a good chance Suggs might not suit up for Gonzaga, however. He’s keeping open the option of playing professionally overseas out of high school, following the path of his friend RJ Hampton.
“That’s something where (if) it’s presenting itself and the contract and everything is looking right, then we will go ahead and get moving with that, but until then, I’m just going to keep taking my time and be focused on Gonzaga,” Suggs told 247Sports.com.
Suggs, a second cousin of Chiefs pass-rusher Terrell Suggs, is ranked 10th overall by 247Sports in its Class of 2020, while ESPN has him rated sixth.
He has been a fixture for Team USA over the past three years, playing on teams that won gold at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and the FIBA Americas 2017 U16 championship. He scored 15 points in the U19 gold medal-winning game against Mali last year.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few has extensive experience as a coach for USA Basketball, his ties dating to 2009. He was an assistant for the select squad that helped train the men’s senior team for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. He was also a part of Gregg Popovich’s staff for the senior team’s minicamp last July, as The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., noted.