MDAA: Sulaimon Spotlight

TDD's Scott Phillips caught up with Duke's lone commit from the class of 2012.

CHICAGO – Rasheed Sulaimon is already scorching the nets at the McDonald's All-American Game. The five-star shooting guard won the Powerade Jam Fest Three-Point Shooting contest on Monday night and Tuesday he spoke with TDD at the McDonald's All-American Game media day.

Rasheed Sulaimon is currently Scout.com's No. 12 prospect in the 2012 class, but the Houston-native has come into the McDonald's All-American game focused and prepared to improve.

"It's been great coming here, seeing all the top guys in the country, competing with them. It's been a great experience," Rasheed said. "You have to bring your ‘A' game and you have to compete every play against these guys because we all have a target on our back."

While many guys have their favorite moments of McDonald's week, Rasheed already has a favorite part.

"Honestly, it's been practice. I'm a competitive guy and I like to get up-and-down," Sulaimon said. "Just on my team we have tremendous talent at all positions, and I'm looking forward to scrimmaging and having some great runs."

As it creeps closer to next season, Rasheed also is gearing his mindset towards becoming a member of Duke's basketball program.

"I'm going in there with an open mind," Rasheed said. "I'm going to work hard, listen to Coach K and whatever he tells me to do that we need for the team to win, I'm going to do."

Although Austin Rivers recently became the second one-and-done guard that the Devils have seen in consecutive years, Sulaimon is not taking anything for granted in regards to playing time or status on the team.

"Austin was a great player, but even with him leaving that doesn't guarantee me anything," Rasheed said. "They still have plenty of great guards on the team like Seth Curry, Tyler Thornton, and Quinn Cook, and it means I have to go in there so much harder in order to earn my minutes."

But for the moment, Rasheed is focused on keeping the shooting streak going as Wednesday's game approaches.

"I'm bringing a lot of confidence in there and I'm hoping my shot will continue to fall (Wednesday) night, too."


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