The ending of her high school junior season came before Faith Suggs thought it would. The 20 wins that the she and Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) won were forfeited. Her chances at a state title: gone. The Illinois High School Association handed down those stiff penalties for the team conducting offseason workouts.
Even though she has one more year of high school to go, Suggs can look past the team violations of her junior season to her collegiate future.
Suggs gave her verbal commitment to Duke this week. Currently she’s the No. 23 recruit in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class. Of course, by the time she’s a senior the rankings will change.
Her decision came shortly after meeting—and talking with—Jabari Parker at the Durham, N.C. airport.
“We talked for a while about Duke and my visit, and he said how much he loved Duke,” Suggs said. “It helped with my decision, getting to hear about Duke from another basketball player. He was right behind me [on the plane].”
Another one of the reasons why Suggs picked Duke was the bond she quickly developed with coach Joanne P. McCallie.
“I had a good bond with Coach,” said Suggs. “Duke’s a great school academically. I wanted to get a good education, (for) when I go out in the real world. Duke has so much history in basketball.”
The 6-foot-1 shooting guard averaged over 13 points and five rebounds during her junior season before the team’s disqualification. Her team was ranked in the top 10 nationally before the ruling was handed down.
Suggs is the second member of Duke’s 2015 class. Haley Gorecki was the first to give her verbal commitment to Duke last month.