Jalen Suggs played with Grassroots Minnesota this past summer at a few different levels including 17 and Under and earned scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Baylor, UNLV, and Wright State, to go with his UW-Milwaukee offer from sixth grade.
The homestate Gophers have also been following Jalen close. They’ve seen him play several times since his first game at Minnehaha Academy as a 7th grader.
Suggs and his father Larry Suggs, who was a high percentage three-point shooter for Woodbury in the 90s, visited Minnesota last week for the football game against Oregon State.
“I had a great time at the visit last week,” Suggs said. “I always like seeing the coaches and catching up with them, I thought the atmosphere was really good at the football game too.”
Ben Johnson and Kimani Young both spoke regularly with Suggs during the visit and Johnson has previously been in regular contact.
“I honestly really like the Gophers staff,” said Suggs. “I haven't really talked with Coach Richard Pitino yet but the rest of the staff I like a lot.”
Jalen averaged 17.2 points per game at one of the best Class AA schools in Minnesota as an 8th grader and 11 points per game as a 7th grader. He has five division one offers before he’s had five high school homework assignments.
How does a young man like this stay grounded?
“It's just a blessing to be recognized by multiple D1 schools,” said Suggs. “But I definitely need to keep working, stay in the gym and keep humble.”
Jalen of course has much to work on, he is still a very young player with a lot of room to grow. And Jalen knows that so he spent his off-season in the gym.
“I think I've gotten a lot stronger and athletic,” Suggs said. “Also, my ball handling and jump shot have improved.”
If you want to see Jalen play all it takes is a quick You Tube search to come up with numerous videos. There have been many articles written, photos taken, and videos produced.
It’s a lot but Suggs has earned his spot playing against 17U talents in a matured way.