Jalen Suggs Goes from +8000 to +825 in Wooden Award Player of the Year Odds

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs going up for a layup against Northwestern State guard Jairus Roberson

Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, left, shoots next to Northwestern State guard Jairus Roberson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Spokane, Wash., Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
  • Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs’ odds to win the Wooden Award have improved from +8000 to +850 in the last week
  • Iowa center Luka Garza remains the prohibitive favorite at -350
  • Read below for the latest odds and betting advice

Jalen Suggs is making quite an impression on the oddsmakers during the early stages of his career.

The Gonzaga freshman guard’s odds to win the Wooden Award have improved from +8000 all the way to +825 in the span of just one week.

While Iowa center Luka Garza is still the prohibitive favorite with his Wooden Award odds at -350, Suggs is now clearly on the radar. Only Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu stands between Garza and Suggs in the latest odds.

Odds to Win 2020-21 Wooden Award

Team Odds
Luka Garza (Iowa) -350
Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois) +350
Jalen Suggs (Gonzaga) +850
Drew Timme (Gonzaga) +1000
Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) +2000
Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State) +2500
Jared Butler (Baylor) +2500
Corey Kispert (Gonzaga) +4000
Marcus Zegarowski (Creighton) +5000
Ochai Agbaji (Kansas) +5000
Garrison Brooks (North Carolina) +8000
James Bouknight (UConn) +8000
McKinley Wright IV (Colorado) +8000
Quentin Grimes (Houston) +8000
Remy Martin (Arizona State) +8000
Cam Thomas (LSU) +10000
Colin Gillespie (Villanova) +10000
Derek Culver (West Virginia) +10000
Evan Mobley (USC) +10000
Jalen Crutcher (Dayton) +10000
Keyontae Johnson (Florida) +10000
Nate Reuvers (Wisconsin) +10000
Sam Hauser (Virginia) +10000

Odds taken Dec. 24 from FanDuel

Suggs’ Sensational Start

Suggs has played a big role in top-ranked Gonzaga getting off to a 6-0 start.

The 6-foot-4 native of West St. Paul, Minn., leads the team in assists (5.8 a game), steals (2.3) and is third in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (5.7). He’s also shooting 56.9% from the field and 50% from 3-point range.

In a 99-88 win over then-No. 3 Iowa last Saturday, Suggs stole the show in a star-studded matchup that included Garza, Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp and Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and Drew Timme.

Suggs made seven of 10 shots from 3-point range on his way to a career-high 27 points. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

While Garza registered a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds, Suggs clearly made the biggest impression. In fact, in the days since that game, talk of Suggs being the first overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft has started to increase.

Suggs has scored at least 12 points in five of his six games. Even when West Virginia held him to four points on Dec. 2, Suggs still made an impact with six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Garza The Favorite

Garza remains the favorite and rightfully so. He entered the season considered the best player in college basketball and has lived up to those expectations.

In helping Iowa start 7-1, Garza is averaging 28.4 points and 9.1 rebounds a game. He is also having an outstanding shooting season, connecting on 67.5% of his field goal attempts and 58.6% of his three-pointers.

Garza has surpassed 30 points four times and scored at least 22 points in seven games. His best effort was a 41-point game in a victory over Southern in which he was 14 of 15 from the floor, 3 of 3 from 3-point range and 10 of 10 from the foul line.

Dosunmu In The Mix

Dosunmu is certainly making his case for the Wooden honor in helping Illinois to a 6-3 record.

He leads the Fighting Illini with 23.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game and is second in rebounding with a 7.8 average. Dosunmu is also a 51.6% field goal shooting and making 38.7% of his attempts from beyond the arc.

Dosunmu’s top scoring performance this season was 36 points in a loss at Missouri. He has at least 18 points in seven of eight games and recorded three double-doubles.

Overshadowed By Teammates?

One factor that could hurt Suggs in his bid to win the Wooden Award is that he plays on a star-studded team that also includes Kispert and Timme.

With so much talent on the roster, Suggs might not be able to compile the statistics needed to capture the national honor. Heck, he might not even wind up being the best player on his own team.

Kispert (20.8) and Timme (20.3) are both averaging over 20 points a game. Timme also has a 7.5 rebounding average and Kispert’s is 5.0.

Garza is still clearly the pick to win, but a potential value play is Arizona State senior guard Remy Martin at +8000. He’s coming on strong after a slow start and is the best player on a team with a good shot at winning the Pac-12.

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