Jalen Johnson Rumors

Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs, G League Ignite’s Jalen Green and Duke’s Jalen Johnson are all projected as top-eight picks by Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz. Forty-eight years ago, Jeanne Rose named her son Jalen — and with a few dozen variants in pro sports and more on their way — the “Jalen Generation” is in full effect. “I always say that the name Jalen’s a superpower,” Jalen Rose said. “Because, if you’re seeing this level of Jalens when you’re watching college basketball and football, pro basketball and football, that’s a small percentage of the society that actually carry the name.”
But even in light of his controversial decision to bolt Duke, and even despite his concerning track record for prematurely leaving schools (he originally attended Sun Prairie (WI) High School before transferring to Nicolet (WI) High School before transferring to IMG (Fla.) Academy before transferring back to Nicolet for his senior season – NBA personnel are enamored with his skill set and potential. A longtime NBA exec is convinced Johnson will go in the upper half of the draft. “Johnson is still going to be in the lottery,’’ the exec said. “At the start of the season (at Duke), we had him as a top six pick. He isn’t going that high now but he’ll still be in the eight to 14 range.’’