Suggs Has Bittersweet Homecoming

ST. LOUIS – In an otherwise dreary day in St. Louis, the Washington Huskies could've used 6-foot-6 senior guard Scott Suggs. Suggs, 2008 graduate of Washington (Mo.) High School, garnered Mr. Basketball honors as the state's top player during his senior campaign.

On Sunday, Suggs and his Huskies returned to the Midwest for a homecoming game for not only Suggs, but UW head coach Lorenzo Romar. After a successful career at Washington High School, highlighted by a trip to the Missouri Class 5 state sectional finals, Suggs committed to UW and headed out West as a Top 100-ranked player nationally.

"It was good to come back home and see family and all that," Suggs said. "It was a really good time outside of the game."

Suggs suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in mid-October forcing him to be sidelined for eight-to-12 weeks. Unfortunately for the 6-foot-6 Suggs that meant missing today's game against Saint Louis.

He'll likely be back soon. He said on Sunday that he's about a week from being back. He believes there are some ways he can help the squad whenever he's available to return.

"Just coming in and providing leadership," Suggs said. "Road games are always tough, and I wish I could have been out there. [My game] is just more complete. I'm not just a standstill, spot-up shooter."

Suggs, who was visibly frustrated post-game, is trying his best to be a motivator and teacher. He was seen many times during the 77-64 loss to the Billikens Sunday going down the line, talking to the players on the bench, giving them some thoughts about what he was seeing.

"It's both. I always want to be able to help my team out," Suggs said. "I want to be able to get out there. I feel like I can play right now. I have to wait for this to heal. It's hard to wait for it to heal. It's going pretty well, but I want to be out there to help my team. I'm also rooting them on and telling them things that I'm seeing."

Despite the three-year wait, Romar was still pleased that the Huskies made the trip.

"I'm glad [Scott] was about to come home," Romar said. "I wish he were out there playing, for his sake for sure. He's been waiting to do this for a long time, and he wasn't able to do it, so that was very unfortunate."

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