Suggs Planning UNC Visit

Located approximately 50 miles west of St. Louis, Washington (Mo.) can be found in the middle of Missouri wine country. While the area wineries have been attracting visitors for years, it's the ripening game of Washington High junior Scott Suggs that has been attracting some of college basketball's heaviest hitters.

Standing just a shade under 6-7, Suggs is a long and wispy guard with a deadly jumper off the bounce, excellent court vision and plenty of room to get better. On top of what he can do on the basketball court, he's an ace student who carries a 3.5 GPA.

With the flood of coaches rolling through town, Suggs is doing his best to keep it all in perspective.

"It's pretty exciting," said Suggs. "At the same time, you know that you have to keep working hard."

Hard work has never been a problem for Suggs. Most days he's in the gym by 7 a.m. so that he can get shots up before school starts and he's also working with a personal trainer to add strength.

Among the schools who have already been by or will drop by in the next week or so to check on the results are Illinois, Kansas, Purdue, Bradley, St. Louis, Missouri, Washington, Indiana State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, UConn, Clemson, Wisconsin, and Florida, among others, while Duke and Stanford have requested transcripts.

According to Suggs – who often plays the point for his high school team – coaches seem to like his versatility.

"Most of them say that I can be a combo guard," said Suggs. "I can play point or shooting guard, or at the small forward. Wherever they put me, I can be comfortable."

More recently, North Carolina has entered the fray and assistant coach Steve Robinson came by to check in on Suggs.

"They said that they like what I can do," Suggs said. "Pretty much my versatility is what they like."

A product of the same St. Louis Eagles club program that produced Heels sophomore Tyler Hansbrough, Suggs already knows a bit about the Carolina program.

"I've spoken to their assistant coach (Robinson) a few times and they've been in the [NCAA] tournament forever," said Suggs. "They also had four or five players in the draft a few years ago. That sticks in your mind because everybody wants to try and get to the NBA."

Suggs has started to put some work into narrowing down his field of suitors. He's tripped unofficially to Illinois and Missouri and is setting up plans with his family to journey to Chapel Hill for an early season game.

Until he can get his school list down to a more manageable number, Suggs is working on improving and doing his best to enjoy all of the attention he's gotten.

"It feels good knowing that your hard work is paying off," said Suggs. "It also motivates you to keep working hard so that you can keep on getting better."

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