Projected top-five pick Jalen Suggs declares for NBA draft

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Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman Jalen Suggs announced Monday on ESPN’s “The Jump” that he will declare for the 2021 NBA draft and forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility.

Suggs was named a consensus Second Team All-American after averaging 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 30 games. He helped lead the Zags to the national title game after draining the game-winning shot over UCLA in the Final Four.

The 19-year-old is widely projected to be a top-five pick after a strong run with Gonzaga. He has been highly touted as a potential franchise-changing type of prospect given his skillset as a point guard and ability to lead his team.

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Suggs projects to thrive at the next level with his athleticism and body control as a lead guard. He has the ability to create for himself and others while playing at both guard positions if needed. He is most commonly listed as the third-best prospect in the draft this year.

The NBA draft is set to take place on July 29.

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