Faith Suggs decides on Duke

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With great size and superior court awareness, Faith Suggs has the tools to be a consistent perimeter threat for the Blue Devils.

After a sudden end to her junior season, Faith Suggs can look forward to a new beginning.

Suggs, the No. 23 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2015 class, has given a verbal commitment to Duke.

After posting a 20-2 record this past season, Suggs and her Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) team were forced to forfeit all of their wins and were disqualified from the state playoffs hours before their postseason opener in February. The Illinois High School Association handed down the penalty for rules violations involving offseason workouts.

Suggs, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, was averaging more than 13 points and five rebounds for Homewood-Flossmoor, which was ranked ninth in the nation prior to its disqualification.

Suggs is the daughter of Shafer Suggs, who was a defensive back in the NFL for five years, and Susan Hoster-Suggs, who died in 2011 at the age of 44 after a long battle with cancer.

Shafer said one of the reasons his daughter chose Duke was the bond she had developed with Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie.

Suggs also considered Tennessee, Stanford, Notre Dame and Michigan.

Suggs, who is expected to try out for the USA Basketball U17 team later this month in Colorado Springs, is the second member of Duke's 2015 class. Haley Gorecki, a three-star wing from William Fremd (Palatine, Ill.), gave her verbal to the Blue Devils last month.

Duke's 2014 class, featuring Lynee' Belton, Sierra Calhoun, Azura Stevens and Erin Mathias, is ranked third in the nation.

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