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Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs declares for 2021 NBA Draft

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 03: Jalen Suggs #1 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrates with teammates after making a game-winning three point basket in overtime to defeat the UCLA Bruins 93-90 during the 2021 NCAA Final Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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After hitting the game-winner in Gonzaga’s Final Four victory over UCLA then jumping on a table in jubilation, Jalen Suggs said he always wanted to emulate Kobe Bryant’s and Dwyane Wade’s iconic celebrations.

Now, Suggs can follow Bryant and Wade – as NBA players.

Suggs is declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft, he announced on ESPN today.

Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham is the likely No. 1 pick, and USC’s Evan Mobley is commonly considered the draft’s second-best prospect. But Suggs isn’t far behind – if at all. He could go No. 1.

Suggs impressed during his freshman year with his athleticism, tenacity and two-way production. The 6-foot-4 guard could use more offensive polish, but he’s just 19. He’s already pretty good and has the tools to reach an even higher upside.