USA BBall: Class of 2020 point guard Jalen Suggs is big time
COLORADO SPRINGS – It's still very early, but at this point there can't be many point guards in the class of 2020 with as much potential as elite floor general prospect Jalen Suggs. On Thursday at USA Basketball's 16U tryouts, Suggs showed his prodigious talent and discussed his recruitment.
Competing with many of the top players from 2019 and 2020 for a spot on the United States National Team, Suggs easily stood out because of his size, athleticism, feel and overall skill. As good as he is offensively, Suggs takes his pride elsewhere.
"I'd say my defense sets me apart and I'm really motivated to play on that end," Suggs told Rivals.com. "Being able to guard the other team's best player is something that I take pride in. Then it's all about getting my teammates involved and scoring when I need to."
Though he's still very young, Suggs has several offers on the table. Baylor, Georgia Tech, Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Iowa are among those to offer while North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas are among those that have reached out.
Having already taken some visits, Suggs has been left with some early impressions.
"I thought that coach (Fran) McCaffery at Iowa was pretty cool," Suggs said. "I went on a visit to Iowa and it looked like they have a really good program there."
In 2016-17, Minnesota experienced a surge under Richard Pitino and Suggs is certainly aware of the home team.
"I know all about Minnesota," he said. "They are the hometown team and they are on the rise. A lot of people talk to me about them around here, but it hasn't gotten too crazy yet."
This weekend, Suggs' focus is on making the cut at USA Basketball, but expect to hear much more from him down the road.