Rasheed Sulaimon, from Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, has been named as the inaugural Guy V. Lewis Award winner as the greater-Houston area boy high school player of the year as announced by the Greater Houston Basketball Committee in a ceremony Tuesday evening.
Sulaimon, a 6’3″ guard, is rated as the 14th-best high school player in America on ESPNU’s top 100 list. The Crusaders posted a 26-4 record this past season as Sulaimon averaged 27.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game. Sulaimon is one of 24 players in the nation that have been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American game.
He is also one of 10 high school seniors named to the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team. This squad will face the World Select Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit and he was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic. Sulaimon, the son of Angela and Kenny Sulaimon, has signed to play basketball and attend school at Duke University next fall.
The Award is in honor of College Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Guy V. Lewis, who led the University of Houston from 1956 to 1986. A UH alumnus, Lewis coached the Cougars to five Final Fours, won 592 games and was a pioneer for the game. One of Lewis’ finest ideas, the 1968 “Game of the Century” pitted his Houston Cougars, with All-American Elvin Hayes, against the powerhouse from UCLA, with Lew Alcindor, in the Astrodome in front of a national television audience and a regular season attendance record of more than 52,000 fans. That attendance number still stands as the fourth largest regular season NCAA game, some 43 years after it was played.
The Greater Houston Basketball Committee is a non-profit, 501c3 (pending) organization whose mission is the promotion of the game of basketball at all levels in the greater-Houston area. Harris County and all Texas counties immediately adjacent to Harris County define this area. The Board of Directors of GHBC is comprised of twenty members with an Executive Committee of six members.