May 1st, 2012
Vianney Big Man Suggs Signs With Knights
Bellarmine adds 6'10" center to 2012-13 roster
Bellarmine University and men’s basketball coach Scott Davenport have announced the signing of George Suggs of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Mo. to a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Knights next season.
Davenport believes that Suggs will develop into a high-caliber player for the Knights.
“He is a tremendous prospect, a true 6-8 player who is incredibly skilled. He is very young in his class and players with great size develop at a slower rate than guards, we believe that his best basketball is still down the road. He is already a great player and with continued physical development and dedication his potential is unlimited."
Suggs averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks as a senior, while earning first team All-Metro Catholic Conference honors. He finished his prep career holding the school record for most blocks in a season and in a career at Vianney.
“I’m really excited to come join a program that has had so much success recently,” commented Suggs. “They have such a great staff and a great team. I want to help continue that tradition. I’m ready to make an impact in any way I can, whether it’s in a game or in practice.”
Suggs led the Golden Griffins to a 27-2 record in 2011-12 that included a district championship and a berth in the final four of the state tournament. Vianney won their first 18 games of the season, climbing all the way to No. 1 in the state of Missouri and cracked the USA Today Top 25 High School Poll.
“George is a very skilled big man who is equally good on the offensive and defensive side of the court,” said Vianney head coach Kevin Walsh. “He was a tremendous back line defender this season. Add in the fact that he can score inside and outside and you have a great player.”
Walsh also praised the leadership that Suggs displayed as a senior. “We had a very talented, very balanced team this year which included six seniors who will play in college. As a captain, George not only led the team during games, but set a great tone every day in practice.”
Suggs is the fourth member of the 2012 recruiting class, joining transfers Vance Hall and Alex Pritchett along with Max Clemons who signed with the Knights in the early signing period out of PRP in Louisville.
“The entire staff did a great job in this recruiting period,” said Davenport. “I am tremendously excited as our roster takes shape for the 2012-13 campaign. I have challenged our squad to have their best off season ever.”