Recruitment progressing for five-star SG

Armed with a large handful of scholarships, the coaching staff at the University of Kansas is casting a wide net in their search for talent in the Class of 2012.

One prospect receiving a great deal of attention from many of the college game's biggest names is five-star shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon. A native of Houston, the junior at Strake Jesuit College Prep had an outstanding spring and summer of AAU basketball, during which he solidified his lofty status as one of the elite talents in the class.

With the benefit of proximity at their disposal, in-state schools such as Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M have been recruiting Sulaimon longer than most. But at this point, he explained, everyone has an equal shot.

That includes Head Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks, who have begun ramping up their interest of late.

"I'm in that stage where I'm still open," Sulaimon said. "So schools like Kansas that came in kind of late, they have just as good a shot as anyone else."

Kansas coaches have made a pair of trips to Strake Jesuit in recent weeks – as have many programs – to get a long look at the 6-foot-3 guard in action.

Though all the attention can become overwhelming for some, Sulaimon is taking things slowly, gathering as much information as possible before beginning to narrow down his list.

There may be a little bit of pressure for such a high-profile talent to stay within the boundaries of the Lone Star State, sure. But such an important decision warrants that one look at the situation on something of a selfish level, he explained.

Finding the right fit in a school, after all, is about more than just location. It's about everything from X's and O's to academics.

"I like to get up and down a lot, pressure defense, running the fast break," Sulaimon said. "I'm going to look at the coaching – I want to play for a great coach. I also want to look for a coach that will help me develop as a man and then as a basketball player."

As a participant in the Jayhawks' Elite Camp this summer, he got a chance to take in the Lawrence, Kan. campus and work with the coaches. And though things are still early, he likes what he's seen thus far.

"KU is a great place," Sulaimon said. "Great atmosphere, great campus, great coach and great basketball history."

Sulaimon will travel to Duke this weekend for their season-opening festivities, and then make a visit to Baylor the following weekend. The Jayhawks are slated to make a possible return trip to Houston sometime this week.


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