Gophers in Jalen Suggs Top-3… and it’s Time for Kids to Think More About Staying Home

Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs (1) tries to fight through the defense of St. Peter's Ethan Grant (21), left, and St. Peter's Ethan Volk (2) during the second half of the Class 2A quarterfinal game of the State Boys' Basketball Tournament at Target Center in Minneapolis on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Minnehaha Academy beat St. Peter 78-47. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
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Jalen Suggs is the next big thing to come out of Minnesota. He graduates in 2020 and is a hell of a Quarterback, ranked with 4-stars at But his bread and butter is on the basketball court and that’s where he was focusing during a recent chat with the   

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. — Jalen Suggs, the 6-foot-5 combo guard from Minnehaha (MN) Academy, told ZAGSBLOG Monday at the Team USA U-19 Training Camp that Gonzaga, Minnesota and Marquette are the three frontrunners for his recruitment.

“I would say it’s between Gonzaga, Minnesota and Marquette,” said Suggs. “I think those are the three frontrunners. Those are the three schools that I’m closest with and have some of the best relationships with.”

However, Suggs isn’t quite ready to cut his list down just yet.

“There are some other ones involved,” he said. “Michigan is emerging. I’ve talked to coach Juwan Howard a lot lately. Iowa and Iowa State are still in the mix. They’ve been in my recruitment, pretty much ever since my seventh grade year. So, we’ll see.”

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Now, I don’t want to get too crazy but this interview was with a blog that follows a different team AND it wasn’t a list that he was cutting down, where he kept the Gophers in just as a courtesy (like the Jones’ brothers have done). It seems like staying home is something he is seriously considering and that is awesome.

It’s time for more of these kids to stay home. Leaving the state that raised you doesn’t help the people behind you. The blue bloods are going to see everyone now. You aren’t opening new avenues. But, staying home and wearing the maroon and gold, while all of the kids around Minnesota drool over your every move, dreaming of one day staying home “like Jalen did”…. now that is something you can be proud of for a lifetime.

Look at the girls who are now coming out of Minnesota high schools as heralded recruits… who did they look up to? Lindsey Whalen. Every fucking time. You lead the Gopher men to a Final Four as a homegrown Minnesotan… and you will be 10x Lindsey Whalen. Street names, building names, arena names, whatever you want. It’d be yours.

So, stay home Jalen. Everything you need to be great is right here in front of you.

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Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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