2012 Intro: Rasheed Sulaimon

Over the years the Houston Hoops program has produced some serious college basketball talent. And by the look of it that probably won't slow down anytime soon. Next on the scene is 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

A standout at Houston (Tex.) Strake Jesuit, Sulaimon strung together a very strong summer playing for Hal Pastner's bunch. He made an impression on scouts at the Nike Hoop Jamboree and he built on that performance in July.

"The summer went well for me and my team," Sulaimon said. "I think we played well and finished the summer well. Overall I just think it was a success."

Sulaimon, a 2012 prospect, was one of a handful of talented underclassman guards playing for the Houston based squad. But playing in the same backcourt as L.J. Rose and J-Mychal Reese isn't anything new to the five-star prospect.

"We kind of grew up together," Sulaimon said. "We've been playing with each other since we were in the fourth grade, all three of us. Me and J-Mychal have been playing with each other since second grade."

"It wasn't anything new we just kind of reunited," he added. "We won a couple of national championships in middle school."

A savvy guard with impressive ball skills, Sulaimon has established himself as one of the better shooters in the 2012 class, both on and off the dribble. Sulaimon cites his energy as one of his best attributes.

"First off I bring a lot of energy to the table," he said. "I always like to play hard and play hard on defense. I bring energy on both ends of the floor both defensively and offensively. I also try to create for myself and for my teammates."

During July the Hoops squad played in front of dozens of coaches nearly every time they touched the hardwood. Sulaimon said it was slightly nerve racking at first, but he settled in to a groove.

"It was a little bit surreal at first but after the first couple of possessions I was like ‘I'm playing against someone that is trying to beat me' so I just went out there and tried to help my team win the game,' he said.

Sulaimon currently holds scholarship offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Marquette, Indiana and Oregon State.

He said North Carolina, Kansas and Duke are also involved in his recruitment and showing interest.

"Right now it's going really well for me," he said of his recruitment. "I'm enjoying hearing from a lot of coaches and I'm just trying to pick which school is right for me. I'm in the process of looking."

North Carolina's interest is still basically in the early stages. They've talked to him a handful of times and evaluated him during the summer and just last week

"I've talked to coach [Steve] Robinson about three or four times," Sulaimon said. "He came to see me last Thursday at school."

"It's kind of been early interest," he added. "At first I was talking to C.B. McGrath and then they kind of transferred me to Coach Robinson, so I'm still trying to get to know Coach Robinson a little bit more. It's still in the early interest stage."

While it's still early, Sulaimon said Carolina, who has not offered him, told him they plan to continue to follow and evaluate his situation.

"They just said they like the way I play and they want to continue to recruit me and watch me," he said.

This past weekend Sulaimon took a visit to Texas. His next visit is set for October 15th to Duke for their season-opening festivities. He is also in the process of setting up visits to Baylor and Texas A&M.

"Right now it's still pretty early," he said of his recruitment. "I'm getting close to the stage where I can take more visits and start narrowing it down a little bit. But for the most part it's still in the early stages."

Sulaimon said he is still feeling out the schools involved in his recruitment, but there have been a handful of schools that have made him a priority.

"Right now I still have quite a list," Sulaimon said. "I would say the five hardest schools that are recruiting me are Duke, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and Arizona."

"Those aren't my top five," he added. "Those are just the schools that are talking to me the most. I do have a lot of schools that are recruiting me also."

Sulaimon is currently rated No. 16 overall by Scout.com and No. 3 in the class at the shooting guard position.

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