Scott Suggs: Short on Talk, Long on Talent

Scott Suggs is a challenging interview. He's nice, polite and smart, but he dislikes talking about himself. But on the court, he's long, athletic and crafty -- and likely Missouri's No. 1 recruiting target in the class of 2008. InsideMizzou scouted Suggs this weekend at MU Elite Camp, after which we spoke to the 6-6 Washington High (Mo.) star about recruiting and MU. Here's the breakdown:

"He doesn't read any of the articles about him," Suggs father, Ron Suggs, told Inside Mizzou as Suggs played at center court in Mizzou Arena. "If you asked him where he was ranked, he wouldn't have any idea."
"People tell you about things they read," Scott Suggs said, "but I don't get caught up in that."

To be precise, he's currently ranked No. 49 in the nation. But that ranking, while impressive, offers but a glimpse at the high-ceiling potential that prompted Recruiting Director Dave Telep to label him accurately as 'a long-term stock.'

Suggs handles extremely well for his height and is an excellent passer. He can also fill it up from the outside and boubces off of the floor nicely to finish on the fast break. That sort of versatility in a 6-foot-6 frame, needless to say, is a rare commodity -- hence the dozen-plus scholarship offers Suggs has received. The only glaring area of improvement is size; Suggs is skinny, weighing around 185 pounds, which can be an issue on defense at times.

One might think that Suggs' understated demeanor would cause him not to like the recruiting process, but he said it's not the case.
"It gets pretty [hectic] and kind of trying, but you have to enjoy it because you only go through this once," he said.

Suggs appears to be focusing on a half-dozen schools -- Mizzou, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Saint Louis, and Florida. Though he hasn't stated any leaders, it seems as though MU, Illinois and Florida may be the frontrunners for his commitment.

Suggs' family has been very impressed with Florida and coach Billy Donovan, a sentiment that became stronger last week when Donovan called to speak with Suggs the same day he decided not to take the Orlando Magic job and return to UF. Illinois, meantime, has been recruiting him the longest, and Suggs followed the Illini growing up.

Mizzou has been putting the press on Suggs for quite a while as well, and head coach Mike Anderson has formed a good relationship with the family. While other campers shot around and played games of 'knockout' toward the end of camp Saturday, Anderson walked Suggs to his office, where the two spoke for about a half-hour.

"They've got a good program here. Coach Anderson has the program turned around. And I like the up-temp style, which is what I'm looking for," Suggs said.

Ron Suggs said the top criteria factoring into his son's college choice are:

1. A quality education.

2. Somewhere he can play 'early and often.'

Missouri certainly fits both categories. We expect to find out in August or September whether Suggs will fit into a Mizzou jersey.

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