It's a family affair for Suggs and Washington

It's been a whirlwind 24-plus hours for Washington (Mo.) High School SG Scott Suggs. Wednesday morning, on a local radio station (KFNS 590) and the NBC affiliate in St. Louis it was reported that Scout's 11th ranked shooting guard had made his decision to play his college ball for the Washington Huskies, but it wasn't until early Thursday morning that he spoke to Dawgman.com about his commitment.

"Yesterday was a pretty busy day for me," Suggs told Dawgman.com. "I had a lot of phone calls, but it was fun.

"I had recently narrowed my list down to three and we had been looking at the three schools for a couple of weeks and I looked at each one individually and I decided that Washington was the best fit for me and I decided to announce it yesterday."

The other two schools on the short list were Illinois and Missouri – two programs with excellent traditions and much closer. However, the relationship with Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar was the overriding factor in both Scott and his parents' comfort level in him leaving the Midwest to attend school in the Pacific Northwest.

"We're a close-knit family," Ron Suggs, Scott's father, said shortly after the commitment. "This was a decision that we wanted Scott to really make. I think that when you looked at the three schools that were involved – Missouri, Illinois and Washington – he really couldn't make a bad decision. Narrowing it down was the toughest part.

"Wherever Lorenzo was, he was going to be in the thick of things, and so it was a situation that he wanted to go to a place that he felt comfortable and even though it's a thousand miles away it's almost like he's going to be with a family member as opposed to going to someone we just met on the recruiting circuit.

"It's going to be difficult for us because he's been in our house for 17 years now, but I couldn't turn him over to a better person than Lorenzo."

Romar and Scott's relationship began while Romar was the head coach at St. Louis University and he and his most recent commitment played a game of one-on-one.

"We got into a game of one-on-one and he beat me and I was pretty upset," Suggs said with a laugh. "I was like nine or 10. I haven't played him recently, but I think I can take him now."

Suggs' abilities to play basketball weren't known back when he was in elementary school though. He was an outstanding distance runner and his parents thought he would end up being a track star in high school.

"We thought that Scott would probably have an opportunity to be a great track athlete so we were focused around that and it was projected, when he was getting ready to go to high school, that he would be a four-time state champion in track – in middle distance – because he was just that good," the elder Suggs recalled. "He caught the basketball bug later than most and really the first time he had played AAU basketball was when he was entering his freshman year over that summer and it was just incredible.

"He's always been talented and caught on quick to whatever he's tried and then the unique thing happened, he was good enough to start on the varsity as a freshman as a point guard. Then he improved enough to get All-Conference recognition which kind of surprised us because he only scored 12 points a game that year, but he impressed the coaches enough to vote him onto one of the All-Conference teams."

That's when a little divine intervention came into play.

"It was a total God-thing, because he went from 6-1 to 6-6 between his freshman and sophomore year and now, when the starting point guard goes from being 6-1, which is pretty good, to 6-6 and he's still the able to do the things Scott could do, it's a dime a dozen for a 6-1 or 6-2 point guard to do what he could do with a basketball, but now he's 6-6 and doing it. That was different. A 6-6 point guard is much different than a 6-2 point guard."

With his size and versatility, Suggs can play three positions on the court – shooting guard, point guard or even point forward – but he feels his future lies at the two.

"My favorite position is probably the two, but I like getting my teammates involved and so I can play the one too," Suggs said modestly.

When he committed Suggs became the fourth player in what is likely to be one of the top classes in the country joining PG Isaiah Thomas, PF Tyreese Breshers and SG Elston Turner, Jr.

"I think the only guy I've actually met is Tyreese Breshers," Suggs said. "I've seen the other guys at the Top 100 NBA Camp. I know I've seen Isaiah Thomas there and I've seen him playing too. He's a good point guard, he can shoot and he can pass, he's a good player."

With one of the biggest decision of his life now out of the way, Suggs can concentrate on his game which he says will always be a focus.

"Right now, I want to get a lot stronger to compete at the college level," Suggs said. "Then it's about shooting drills and dribbling drills and just working on everything to make sure everything is up to par."

Apparently he's got enough "on par" to get the attention of most of the top 25 programs in the country, but he'll be close to family playing at Washington and he and his parents are happy about that.

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