Gonzaga basketball star Jalen Suggs’ decision to pass on a soccer scholarship could end up making him millions

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The Gonzaga star’s freshman Jalen Suggs took advantage of a shot from nearly midfield on Saturday to advance his team to the NCAA Men’s National Championship game against Baylor. Suggs, a second-team All-American guard, is expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA draft. While Suggs has warned the world of college basketball, he was also a highly touted soccer player.

While playing high school sports in Minnesota, Suggs was Minnesota’s Mr. Basketball and Minnesota’s Mr. Football, an award for the best high school athlete in the state. Suggs, a quarterback, received offers from major college football programs like Ohio State, Minnesota and Georgia. “He was one of the best natural football players I have ever seen live,” said University of Minnesota football coach PJ Fleck. “He was truly a man among children. He could do whatever he wanted. I think of the phrase “at will”. All he wanted was everything “as he pleased”. It seemed so easy. I’ve never really seen that. “If Suggs had chosen to focus on soccer rather than basketball, would it have been a more lucrative decision? We’ll never know for sure, of course, but Jonathan Wasserman’s latest mock NBA draft from Bleacher Report has Jalen Suggs being chosen at No. 3, which would give him a rookie contract of $ 35.6 million over four years. Suggs would then have a chance at a second contract if he performed well enough. If Suggs had accepted a soccer scholarship offer from Ohio State and would have performed incredibly well, he could have been in a similar situation to current Ohio State University quarterback Justin Fields. Fields led Buckeye’s powerful offense last season and he is projected to be selected No. 3 in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft by ESPN. The estimated contract value of a draft pick in that slot will be to $ 32.2 million, according to Spotrac. In what would basically be the best-case scenario for Suggs’ college football career, immediate earnings from the rookie contract are still $ 3.4 million higher in the NBA. This is an extremely speculative comparison due to the uncertainty surrounding Suggs’s hypothetical college football career, but even if things turned out well for Suggs as a soccer player, there seems to be still more money to be made as a soccer player. NBA. And this does not take into account the future contracts that athletes in these sports may win. Top-tier contracts in the NBA are higher than in the NFL: There are 23 players in the NBA making more than $ 30 million this year, compared to just nine players in the NFL. Also, NBA contracts are generally fully guaranteed, whereas NFL contracts often include only some guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus. In some cases, NFL teams can eliminate a player and then not have to pay the rest of their contract. A tweet from Jalen Suggs from 2018 resurfaced where he mentions his enthusiasm for receiving a scholarship from the state of Ohio. No. 1 Gonzaga will play No. 1 Baylor in the 2021 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game Monday at 9:20 pm ET on CBS VIAC, -3.90%. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 4.5-point favorites over the Baylor Bears in DraftKings DKNG, -0.40% Sportsbook.