Gonzaga star Suggs heads to Magic with No. 5 pick

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With the fifth pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have selected Gonzaga star Jalen Suggs.

Suggs went to Gonzaga as the highest-ranked recruit in school history and actually exceeded the massive expectations during his only season in Spokane. The second-team All-American offered the lasting memory of the college basketball season by hitting one of the most dramatic game-winning shots in NCAA Tournament history to down UCLA in the Final Four.

The Minnesota native showed off an incredibly polished well-rounded game with Mark Few's club, leading the Bulldogs to a remarkable 31-1 season. Suggs averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game on the defensive end. Suggs was also a highly rated quarterback recruit on the football field, which is evident in the toughness he displays on the basketball court.

Bio

Position: PG
School: Gonzaga
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 205 lbs
Wingspan: 6-foot-5
Max vertical: N/A

Strengths

  • Elite passer in both the half-court offense and on the break
  • Flashes above-average athleticism in finishing to the rim
  • Excels in late-game execution and turnover avoidance
  • Outstanding ability to read the game at both ends
  • Arguably the most well-rounded player in the draft

Weaknesses

  • Needs to continue improvement from 33.7% on 3-point shooting
  • Will have to develop variety of finishing moves versus stronger opponents
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