Favorites Emerges For Sulaimon

There are a handful of programs sticking out for Texas native Rasheed Sulaimon. He's taken a handful of visits and is working to set up one to a PAC-10 school.

Basketball starts early in Texas. Rasheed Sulaimon and his Houston (Tex.) Strake Jesuit squad are already 11 games into the season.

Through those games Sulaimon is averaging 23.5 points, five rebounds and five assists per outing. Despite the impressive numbers, the five-star prospect said he's focused on his team goals.

"Of course, I want to win a state championship, but I have to take it one game at a time," he said. "I want to win district and do well in the playoffs and hopefully win a state championship. Those are my goals this year."

Although the season is in full swing, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard is also paying close attention to the recruiting process.

"Recruiting is going great so far," Sulaimon said. "It's really picking up and I'm starting to narrow schools down as I start to take some visits."

"It's something that I'm starting to look at all of the schools recruiting me and how they play and their rotations and style of play. I'm really studying the schools that are recruiting me so I can see where I see myself playing at the next level."

Among the schools involved in his recruitment are Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Arizona. All have offered except for UNC, Duke and Kansas.

Sulaimon, who ranks No. 18 overall in the 2012 class, said he's starting to develop a group of favorites.

"There are schools that I'm looking at strongly at right now," he said. "I like the schools close to home, the Texas schools - Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas because they are close to home. I really like Duke, Carolina and Arizona also."

Recently Sulaimon took visits to Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Duke. He said he's working to schedule a visit to Arizona as well.

"I'm probably going to wait it out," he told Scout.com. "I don't really think of it as waiting it out. I'm just taking my time. Whenever I feel 100-percent positive on the school I want to pick whether it's next year or tomorrow I'll make my decision."


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