Suggs Knows The Facts

Scott Suggs is looking at three schools. So what's on his mind and how is he going go about the process of making his choice?

Scott Suggs,'s No. 46 prospect in the Class of 2008, has his list neat and tidy these days. The Washington (Mo.) High product, a 6-foot-6 wing, will pick between Illinois, Missouri and Washington.

"I'm just looking at each school carefully and I want to make a decision before basketball season," Suggs said. There's been a measured amount of speculation that Suggs, who recently returned from the NCAA's First Team program, could decide soon.

"I don't know. I guess if one day I wake up and I just know then I could." The guard said he was not prepared to decide if he needed too today.

"I've been to all of the campuses. I might take some official visits but it's not too big of a thing."

Before we get into conversation about Illinois and Missouri, it's important to know just why Washington is in the mix. Lorenzo Romar and Suggs' father have a relationship that pre-dates Scott. It's that bond that has kept the Huskies in the mix despite the distance.

"They've known each other for a long time," Suggs said of the relationship. Long enough to take distance out of the equation? "It would be a little difficult. I like it here and the Midwest is a nice place.

"Washington, knowing Coach Romar is there and I know the players he's recruiting. I don't get too homesick on trips so that kind of eased the pain a little bit but I would be gone for 4 years."

Distance isn't a factor for Mizzou and Illinois. The Tigers are 92 miles from his home while the Illini are a manageable 229 miles from his doorstep.

Suggs has taken note of the pro players the Illini kicked out in recent years. "They're saying the same things (as the other schools). I can go in there and be able to contribute. They had Deron Williams, Luther Head and Dee Brown and they put guards in the league."

The Tigers are pitching the hometown angle big time. Suggs knows the team's up tempo approach.

In speaking with Suggs, he sounds like a young man who has the information he needs to make a decision. He's got two weeks until school begins like he said, you never know if you wake up and decide to make a commitment that day.

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