Rasheed Sulaimon followed through on his verbal commitment and signed with Duke on Wednesday. It will be the third year in a row that Duke has brought in a high ranking guard.
Last year was Kyrie Irving. This year saw the arrival of Boston Celtic’s coach, Doc Rivers’ son, Austin.
Like young Rivers, Sulaimon is the top ranking shooting guard in his class, according to ESPN.
He had this to say to the Bellaire News who reported that he was the first player recruited, by Coach K, from the Greater Houston area since Daniel Ewing.
“Growing up, I was always a big Duke fan,” Sulaimon said. “They started recruiting me and it was a great opportunity.”
It’s nice when a player is a fan of the school he is committed to. Look at Harrison Barnes, he said he came back to UNC because he wanted to win a championship, among other things.
But it doesn’t end there.
After reading the ESPN, the magazine article, I learned that Harrison Barne’s was always a UNC fan. His mother is a huge Michael Jordan fan and used to have him watch tapes of the legend. His full name is Harrison Bryce Jordan Barnes.
Players will more likely stick around longer if they have some kind of investment in their school (other than their scholarship requirements and an impending NBA lockout).
Just before he visited Duke, back in February, Zags Blog reported Sulaimon saying this about himself,
“I’ll just bring a guy who’s hardworking, who can play pressure defense and is willing to do whatever coach asks me,” he said. “Be a great teammate and a great leader.”
He certainly has the right attitude and is passionate about Duke, not to mention he is an honour student. He told Duffy Hoops this back in April.
I decided to attend Duke because it just seemed like a great fit for me. Their style of play fit my style of play. You know my parents are big on academics and Duke is a really great school academically and when we visited we just liked the campus life and everything like that. And of course Coach K, he has a great staff, he's a great person, great coach. I was excited about the opportunity to play for him so that's when I pulled the trigger.
Sadly he is the only signing for Duke at this point. Power forward Tony Parker has yet to make a decision.
Sulaimon also admitted, to Duffy Hoops, to recruiting Parker and Shabazz Muhammad because he wanted to create his own Fab Five at Duke.