’20 5-Star PG Jalen Suggs Impressed with Hawkeye Fan Support

November 5, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

On a day when Iowa shocked the college football world with a 55-24 blowout of No. 3 Ohio State, the Hawkeye basketball team played host to one of the nation’s top basketball prospects.

It’s safe to say he was impressed.

Class of 2020 five-star Jalen Suggs returned to campus after visiting for a basketball game last November. That’s when Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery offered a scholarship to the Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy and Team Sizzle point guard. Kanas, UCLA, UNLV, Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, Georgia Tech, Creighton and Baylor were among the schools that have followed with opportunities.

Suggs, also a talented quarterback who’s cousin is Baltimore Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs, said Saturday’s Iowa stop was a basketball recruiting visit. He didn’t talk to any football coaches.

“We went to (basketball) practice and a film session with coach (Andrew) Francis,” he told HN. “We got to shoot around a little bit. Then we had some food while we waited for the (football) game and then headed over to the stadium.”

Suggs said watching film and practice provided him a good view of the Hawkeyes’ system.

“There’s a lot of up-tempo basketball, including lots of different types of screens. Whether it’s a slip screen, back screen or ball screen, they like to use them to get the ball handler open and the players around him,” he said.

Suggs would be the primary ball handler should he choose Iowa. He can see himself operating the Hawkeyes’ offense.

“I feel like they run a nice system with lots of shooters, and they run pick and roll, which I love. To be able to come off a pick and have the roll man, a shooter coming to fill, and another in the corner if I drive that I can kick to is very hard to guard. So, I’d say it really does fit the way I want to play well,” he said.

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Suggs said his conversations with head coach Fran McCaffery Saturday were casual and comfortable.

“We were pretty much just hanging out. I have a really good relationship with coach McCaffery along with coach Francis,” he said.

Iowa sophomore forward Tyler Cook spent time speaking with Suggs.

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“He seemed really chill and a fun guy to have on the team. So did the rest of the guys. They all seemed to have good chemistry and are all good people,” Suggs said.

While Suggs is taking his time with the recruiting process, the Hawkeyes are positioning themselves well.

“Iowa is a great school with a great coaching staff and fans who love and show support for their Hawkeyes. The environments that they bring to the sporting events is amazing,” he said.

Rivals, Scout/247 and ESPN all view Suggs (6-4, 180) as a five-star recruit. Scout/247 shows him as the No. 2 player regardless of position in the ’20 class, while ESPN and Rivals put him at third and fourth, respectively.

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Suggs visited Kansas earlier this fall. He has trips scheduled to Iowa State and Notre Dame later this month.

During the summer, Suggs helped the USA Basketball win a Gold Medal in the FIBA U-16 Americas Championship.

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