We have several leftover questions on the cutting room floor from our recent AAU coverage where we chatted up Rasheed Sulaimon. Here are five of those -
Are you glad the process is over now that you have selected Duke as your college destination?
Recruiting can be a very tiresome process but I felt like after I committed it was like a big weight being lifted off my shoulders and now I can help my AAU team get to Peach Jam. I still get a few letters but it has died off some now.
I see you’re rocking a Duke shirt. Do guys come after you harder now that you are a Blue Devil, trying to prove themselves if you will?
Yeah, yeah. You know, it’s a big target on my back and everytime I step on the court people want to prove themselves against me. It’s a big target on my back but it just gives me hungrier to go out there and play hard everytime.
You have a lot of desire, confidence in your game. Where does that edge come from?
I get thart from my Father, he’s a very competitive guy. Even growing up if we were playing checkers he wouldn’t let me win. I get it from him a lot. Everytime I step on the court I just want to win.
What area of your game has seen to biggest improvement since last season?
I think the biggest improvement has been my quickness. I would use my length a year ago but now my quickness has helped me laterally.
Has the staff asked you to work on anything in particular? Like ball handling?
Oh yeah, definately. Right now I am only 6-4, so I will have the ball in my hands more. I started doing that in my high school season and I am prety confident with my ball handling skills now. I can play the point or off guard.