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October 12, 2009 at 6:13 AM

Scott Suggs: “(I) looked at possibly transferring.”

Scott Suggs started four years at Washington (Mo.) High and graduated as the school’s all-time leading scorer, breaking a 55-year-old record. The former Mr. Basketball award winner from the state of Missouri arrived to Montlake last year with an impressive resume and admits his freshman season at Washington didn’t go as planned.
It started with Jon Brockman accidently breaking his nose in training camp and things got progressively worse. He appeared in just 17 games, scored 28 total points and averaged a team-low 1.4 points per game.
In this interview, Suggs says he was depressed and he and his parents considered transferring. He also says, he chose to return because he felt UW was the right place for him. He knows the Huskies are loaded with talented guards, but the 6-6 sophomore says he’s determined to carve out minutes for himself in a crowded rotation.
(What was last season like for you?) “It was a real hard season because I sat on the bench. It was real hard for me. It was just a learning adjustment. I had a little bit of playing time. Not a lot. I got to get adjusted I guess. How to do practice and everything. I wish I could have gotten to play a little more, but it was a good learning experience for me.”
(Were you hurt at all or was it just getting adjusted to the college game?) “I had to sit out for a little while because I broke my nose, but that wasn’t like an extreme amount of time. It was just a few weeks. It was mostly a learning type of thing.”
(What did you learn?) “It’s a different system then the system I’ve run before. I had to learn where your shot is going to come from in that type of system. We tried to get the ball to Brockman and everything. If you show you can hit shots, then you have the freedom to do that. So it was kind of a learning experience where the coaches see you as and where you might see yourself as.”
(What type of system did you run in high school?) “In high school, it was pretty much all freelance. Up and down. By the time of my junior season it was pretty much just going out there playing basketball.”
(Were you ever depressed last season?) “Yeah. About not playing. Thoughts went through your head like is this where I’m supposed to be? You start thinking this is a long ways from home. Start thinking I wish I would stayed at home.”
(Who helped through that time?) “Coach (Lorenzo) Romar always told me you’re a great player and if I thought you weren’t right for the system, I’d tell you to leave. And mostly I was just talking to my parents. They kind of helped me through it.”
(What did your parents tell you?) “We went through different things like if I should leave. We looked at if I wanted to transfer, what then? We looked at possibly transferring. If at the end of the year I decided to transfer, we looked at schools. I went home this summer and I just thought this was the right place.”
(How long did it take to make that decision?) “During the season it was just kind of an off and on thing. It was hard, but I was a freshman and upset at the situation. So during the season I was talking to my family just off and on.”
(And when you went home?) “When I went back home I was talking to my parents about it and at that point – by the time the season was over and everything – I was kind of in the middle. Kind of 50-50. I wasn’t leaning to it or anything. Then I talked to my parents and I talked with Coach Romar and I felt like this was the right place.”

(When did you come back to this summer?) “I came back up here in the middle of July, so the second summer school term. And I just jumped right back into it and back with the team. Coach gave me stuff to do while I was at home so I was working on that.”
(How did you feel when you came back this summer?) “I was coming in with a new mindset of like this year I got to standout from everybody else and one aspect or another, be able to get out there on the floor and be able to contribute and show what I can do.”
(How was the open-gym runs this summer?) “They were good. They were fun. I came with a more aggressive mindset. I just tried to show that I belong here and this is where I should be.”
(Who has impressed you so far?) “I would say a number of guys have impressed. (Abdul) Gaddy is a real good point guard. He’s doing real good. Isaiah (Thomas) is doing better. He’s going to be even better this year. Quincy (Pondexter) has worked on his jump shot a little bit. So if guys try to back up off him he’s not trying to drive to the lane and will shoot from the outside.”
(What are your strengths and weakness?) “My strength, I would say the mid-range game. I like to get lane, (which) gives me a choice of floaters, jumpers or pass. Just getting the defense off balance. Getting around your man so the defense has to rotate. That would be my strength. And weakness, I’m still trying to work on getting stronger.”
(How much do you weigh?) “I was 187.”
(Did you gain any weight since last season?) “Last year I was down to like 181, 180. I’m trying to get to 190 or 192.”
(Did you get any taller?) “I don’t know. My mom said I look tall when I came back home. But I don’t know.”
(Are you a 2 or a 3?) “I’d say more of just a guard than anything. Either or. I can handle the ball.”
(Do you feel more comfortable facing the rim or playing in the post?) “I feel more comfortable facing the rim.”
(With your size [6-6] it would seem as if you can use your height against smaller guards in the post.) “We have reads so when we see that mismatch anyone of us can say hey I got a mismatch here and we’ll just go straight to him.”
(Do you know how to use your size in the post?) “Yeah. I’m comfortable with that. I can have my back to the basket. I don’t have a problem with that. I’m just more comfortable facing the rim.”
(With this team, where do you see yourself fitting in?) “With this team, I see myself as somebody who can come go out there and put points on the board, lock up my man and play good defense. With this team we’re going to be a really defensive-minded team. Pressuring the ball and getting out to the passing lanes more so than even last year because we’re a lot quicker and we just got a lot of speed on this team so we’re going to be looking to disturb other teams. So that’s what I see myself doing.”
(Do you ever look at the rotation and say it’s a numbers game and I may not fit in?) “Yeah you can look at it like that, but I see myself as if you play by the numbers, then these are the people I have to beat out in practice and that’s what I have to do.”
(How much are you looking forward to training camp?) “Training camp is hard. I ain’t going to lie. I don’t think anybody is looking forward to those long practices, but at the same time you get to go out there and fight for a spot on the team. Nobody is friends when we get to practice. Everybody is cool and we’re all best friends, but when we’re out there, there are no friends.”
(Is it safe to say that basketball is fun again?) “Yeah I would say so. Especially with going to the games and knowing I was sitting there and not being able to play. But yeah, that can take the fun away.”
(Hate to put negative thoughts in your head, but if it were to happen again how would you handle it?) “You just have to keep working in practice and prove early that the coaches are wrong and that you should be out there. Maybe not necessarily wrong, but that you belong out there and maybe they didn’t get a clear evaluation of you at the beginning. And then you work your way in there and stay in there.”
(Sounds like you’re trying to make it very difficult for your coaches?) “Yeah. Exactly. You want to make it to where they say these guys are good and we can really use them and we got to get them in somehow. So you got to make it hard for them.”

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