Most high school stars bow out with big numbers in their final game, but Missouri native Scott Suggs bowed out with just two points. "It wasn't one of my better games. I was double and sometimes triple teamed all night. It was a tough loss because it was the first round of the playoffs for me, but the loss will make me work that much harder next year," Suggs told us.
Years ago high school basketball was just your school season and maybe a few games in the summer with your high school teammates, but that's no longer the case. Just last week Suggs finished his high school season; now he is about to participate in AAU hoops. "I've been resting a little bit and just relaxing for a couple days, but this weekend we have tryouts for AAU basketball. I'm going to try out again for the St. Louis Eagles; it is AAU ball and the competition is good, but I think I'll be okay to make the team this year," said Suggs.
Last night Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber was in Peoria to watch junior All-Stater Matt Roth from Washington, who finished with 20 points including six three-pointers. Weber also got the chance to see big man Bill Cole from Richwoods High School who took on the Pekin Dragons, Cole finished with 15 points. Suggs said that he gets a lot of contact from the Illinois coaches, including the head man himself. "They are great guys. All three of the coaches (Weber, Webster and Price) stay in contact with me with either phone calls or text messages," added Suggs.
Recruiting can be tough because you have to know what buttons to push with each potential student-athlete. For example, some players care about playing time, while others care about who else you're recruiting. Some just want to know if you can get them ready for the NBA. For 6-5 shooting guard Scott Suggs, a member of the class of 2008, it's more than that. "What I like about Illinois is it's close to home. I would like it if my family and friends could come see me play. I know they have good players down there and they're recruiting more. The style of play that Illinois uses interests me as well," said Suggs.
Currently Suggs is fully qualified as a DI recruit. He currently carries a 3.4 GPA.