Sulaimon On UNC's Radar

With the North Carolina staff now paying a lot of attention to the 2012 class, the coaches are keeping a close eye on Houston (Tex.) Strake Jesuit College standout Rasheed Sulaimon.

UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson attended his game last Friday.

"It's been pretty medium," Sulaimon said of UNC's interest. "I think Coach Robinson came down earlier in the year to watch me practice and last Friday he came to watch one of my games. I've talked to Coach Robinson three or four times on the phone."

Sulaimon, a 6-3, 180-pound prospect who ranks No. 19 overall in the 2012 class and checks in at No. 4 at the shooting guard position, said UNC is looking at him as a combo guard.

"I think he's recruiting me as a combo guard," Sulaimon said. "He said he really likes the way that I defend, score and how I handle the ball."

Among the other schools involved in Sulaimon's recruitment are Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Kansas, Duke, Indiana, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Arizona. He claims offers from everyone but Kansas, Duke and UNC.

Sulaimon, who has taken visits to Baylor, Duke, Texas A&M and Texas, said he's starting to develop a group of favorites.

"There are schools that I'm looking at strongly at right now," he said. "I like the schools close to home, the Texas schools - Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas because they are close to home. I really like Duke, Carolina and Arizona also."

At this point, Sulaimon has not set up a visit to see North Carolina. He did, however, mention why he has such strong interest in the Heels.

"It's a school I'm interested in," he said. "They have a great coach and a great coaching staff. It's basketball university, so all those things are very appealing to me and I like their style of play also."

Although he doesn't have a set timetable, Sulaimon said he still wants to set up some more visits and examine the schools recruiting him before moving toward a decision.

"I'm probably going to wait it out," Sulaimon said. "I don't really think of it as waiting it out. I'm just taking my time. Whenever I feel 100-percent positive on the school I want to pick whether it's next year or tomorrow I'll make my decision."

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