Jalen Suggs: Final Four hero, impending NBA draft lottery pick and ... former football star?
Yes indeed. The phenomenal Bulldogs freshman is not only a terrific basketball talent, but also a former standout on the gridiron — one who saw plenty of recruiting interest as he was coming out of Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.
That's not his only connection to football, either: He's part of a pretty accomplished pedigree as a distant relation to NFL defensive standout Terrell Suggs.
Here's everything you need to know about Jalen Suggs' football career, his high school stats and the attention he received as one of the most sought-after football recruits in the 2020 class:
What sports did Jalen Suggs play in high school?
Suggs was a two-sport athlete in high school, excelling in both basketball and football. In the former, he led Minnehaha Academy to three consecutive Minnesota 2A state titles before his senior season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was a five-star recruit and the No. 11 overall player in the class of 2020 as a combo guard, per 247Sports' Composite rankings. The site lists 22 scholarship offers he received to play basketball, including Gonzaga (obviously), Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, West Virginia and more.
But he also received plenty of attention as a two-way football star. As a 6-4, 205-pound senior for SMB — a co-op of St. Paul Academy, Minnehaha Academy and Blake — he led the team to the 4A Minnesota state runner-up. The year prior, he helped the team win the state championship. He was ranked the No. 384 player in the 2020 class, the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 2 player in the state of Minnesota per 247Sports' Composite rankings.
For his athletic prowess, Suggs was named MaxPreps' Male Athlete of the Year in May 2020. Moreover, the high school senior became the first athlete in Minnesota high school history to be named Mr. Football and Mr. Basketball in the same season.
What were Jalen Suggs' high school stats?
Per the Baltimore Sun, the 6-5, 200-pound quarterback/defensive back passed for 2,213 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He also added nine interceptions on defense, returning two for touchdowns.