Senior Xavier Sulaiman entered this season as a new player for the Oak Lawn Community High School boys basketball program after transferring from Marist. With a ton of talent on the court, it was going to be interesting to see how he fit into the Spartans’ lineup and meshed with teammates.
After leading the team to a Spartan/Ram Thanksgiving Tournament championship over the weekend and earning Most Valuable Player honors for the four games, it is safe to say he fits in very nicely.
Sulaiman averaged 24 points (on 53-percent shooting), 2.5 steals, and 2.5 blocks per game. He scored 26 points in the 65-60 victory over St. Laurence in the semifinal game and knocked down 33 points in the 76-68 championship win over Mount Carmel.
“In addition to his scoring output and electrifying open-court play, he is becoming a game-changer on the defensive end for the Spartans as well,” said boys basketball head coach Jason Rhodes.
The Spartans (5-0) continued their winning ways on Tuesday by beating Chicago Christian on the road by a score of 58-28. Sulaiman scored 23 points in the win to lead the way.