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Projected lottery pick Jalen Suggs declares for 2021 NBA draft

NBA rookie of the year: Jalen Suggs
April 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) in the second half during the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament against the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga combo guard Jalen Suggs announced on social media Monday that he will enter the 2021 NBA draft.

Suggs, widely projected to be one of the top picks in the draft July 29, will be best remembered by college basketball fans for his long-range, overtime buzzer-beater in the Final Four to deliver Gonzaga a 93-90 win over UCLA and advance to the NCAA title game.

In conjunction with his draft declaration, Suggs announced he is auctioning off a one-of-one NFT (nonfungible token) commemorating the shot, along with his signed, game-worn shoes from Gonzaga’s win.

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In his lone season with the Bulldogs, Suggs started all 30 games he played and averaged 14.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Gonzaga finished 31-1 but lost to Baylor in the championship game.

ESPN’s latest NBA mock draft projected the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Suggs as the No. 3 overall selection.

Suggs’ announcement came on the same day that the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2021, 7-1 center Chet Holmgren, committed to Gonzaga.

–Field Level Media