When all is said and done, Minnehaha Academy phenom Jalen Suggs will go down as one of the best student-athletes in state history.
When Suggs dominated at quarterback for the West Side Boosters football team as a seventh and eighth-grader—already a member of the varsity basketball team during those seasons—many thought he would concentrate on hoops, pushing the gridiron aside.
Instead, Suggs, now a 6’4” senior, excelled in two sports, becoming among the top players in the country in both.
As a quarterback, he led the St. Paul Academy/ Minnehaha Academy/ Blake football team to the Class 3A state title and a runner-up finish last November. He also led the basketball team to three consecutive Class 2A state championships.
Suggs, who was named Mr. Football last month, is also favored to win Mr. Basketball this spring. He recently announced that he will attend Gonzaga University next year.
Eastview High School running back Quintcy Suggs Jr., who’s headed for the University of St. Thomas next year, established himself as one of the state’s best. He led his team in rushing while earning a roster spot in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl featuring the nation’s top prep football prospects.
The game was held at Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s Raymond James Stadium this month. As a 5’11” 170-pound senior, Suggs rushed for 1,023 yards and nine touchdowns in 2019.
Prep alumni spotlight
Sophomore K’Lynn Lewis is averaging a team-leading 12.1 points per game for the St. Olaf women’s basketball team. The 5’6” guard, who was the 2019 MIAC Co-Rookie of the Year, starred in volleyball and basketball at St. Agnes High School, scoring more than 1,000 career points.
The Dream Classic 6—a basketball celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—was recently held at Roosevelt High School. The event was created by former Minneapolis City boys’ basketball standouts Tim Williams (Washburn) and Michael Walker (Roosevelt).