Devils Look Eastward For Big Man

Heading into the all-important summer evaluation period, two members of the Michigan Hurricanes AAU team--Jason Horton and Roy Bright -- were already extremely well known nationally. Another player on the team, 6-10 Goran Suton emerged a well-known name with coaches and analysts alike.

Suton played his way into several Top-100 national lists and has become one of the more heavily recruited post players in the country. Three summers ago, prior to the start of high school, Goran Suton, a 6-10 240 pound standout at Lansing's Everett high school made his way to the United States from war-torn Bosnia and the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Last year as a sophomore, Suton suffered a knee injury that kept him out of AAU competition in the important spring and summer months. While he was well known in the Midwest, Suton was much lesser known to coaches and scouts nationally. Clearly, that's no longer the case.

Playing for the high-profile Michigan Hurricanes in North Carolina at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, in Las Vegas at the Adidas Big Time, and in Los Angeles at the Best of Summer in addition to the Adidas ABCD Camp, Suton has elevated his stock substantially and is now being recruiting by colleges from Coast to Coast.

According to Suton, scholarship offers have come pouring in and he's being actively recruited by schools such as Michigan State, Louisiana State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Massachusetts, Oregon State, San Diego State, and UNC-Charlotte among others.

Despite the fact that he wants to sign during the early November period, Suton hasn't scheduled any official visits as of yet. "No, I haven't scheduled any (official visits) yet," Suton, says with a chuckle, "I'm still trying to narrow down my schools. I think Arizona State might be one of them so far. Michigan State is right here at home, so I'm not sure if I should waste one (there). I'm definitely planning on taking all five right now," Suton continues, "I'm thinking about signing in November. That would take the pressure off during the season."

One burden that Suton appears to have already set aside is any worry about his ability to qualify. With a self-reported 3.6 grade-point average and ACT score of 18, he is well on his way toward having his initial-eligibility certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse upon graduation next summer. The ACT score came despite the fact that English is not Suton's first language. "I messed up on my English part," he says modestly. Still, he seems to be a remarkable student, and is considering majoring in Computer Engineering.

For right now however, Suton is just trying to engineer his game to the next level. He has terrific size and moves extremely well on the court, possessing fluid, multi-faceted post skills and a nice face-up jump shot. Defensively Suton is a more-than-capable rebounder and post-defender. "I think I can work more on my dribbling and my defense, Suton remarks, "I want to be able to play both the four and the five in college." His play has opened created endless possibilities for him to play anywhere he desires.

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