Area Prep Player Chooses Division One School

Reporter Brian Towey has the story of an area prep player choosing a school ...

Prep school isn't for everyone. But for Suleiman Braimoh, the extra year made all the difference.

Braimoh, a 6-foot-7 1/2, 225 pound PF/SF and post-graduate from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, signed a letter of intent with Rice University this weekend. He had also received interest from Bucknell, Lafayette, and Furman.

Braimoh was marginally a Division I prospect coming out of the United Nations International School in Manhattan last year. The extra year proved fortuitous for its competitive gain and development, as well as for the physical growth it allowed.

"The main difference is that it made me more mature physically," said Braimoh. "Not only my strength, but my ability to take contact and finish. My ability to see the floor, my decision-making ability- my whole game has improved."

Since his senior year at UNIS, Braimoh tacked on two inches to his frame and noticeably improved his body. He's a lengthy forward with a good motor, active and versatile. He can step out and knock down the mid-range jumper, get out in transition, and is active around the rim. He's got a nice upside and down the line might be able to spend some time on the wing.

"(The Rice coaches) liked my athletic ability," said Braimoh. "And they said that they were looking for a versatile player like me. Most of the (inside) guys they have are regular big men. I can play outside and inside."

Braimoh is a gym rat with a passion for the game. And given how much he has progressed in the last year, with his work ethic, we suspect that in a couple of years we'll be looking at a completely different player in Conference USA.

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