The inaugural SI All-American Boys Basketball Team features 15 of the top high school basketball players in the country broken up into three teams who have displayed exceptional dominance during the high school season. Each player has exhibited a level of play this season that will make them a household name at the next level and beyond.
Prospect: Jalen Suggs
Status: SI All-American Second Team
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 195 pounds
Position: Point Guard
School: Minnehaha Academy (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Committed to: Gonzaga
Why He’s an SI All-American: Suggs’ dominance as a senior was just a carryover from the previous five years, he’s dominated at the varsity level. In six seasons, Suggs won three state titles – which likely would have been four had the COVID-19 pandemic not cancelled the state tournament – scored 2,945 points, grabbed 883 rebounds, dished out 735 assists, swiped 509 steals and swatted 103 shots.
How athletic is Suggs? He doubles as an elite quarterback who threw for 2,213 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also rushed for 978 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Still, the hardwood seems to be where Suggs will pursue a career at the next level, and Suggs is one of a small handful of players that are contemplating taking their talents overseas to play pro ball instead of going to college for a year before entering the NBA Draft.
What He Said: “To make this team means a lot to me. It’s another indication that my hard work and dedication is paying off. To be one of the chosen players from all of high school basketball is a blessing.”