Sutton Thriving in Prep

The move has been the right one for Domnique Sutton. He may not put up the type of numbers he did last season, but the North Carolina native realizes it was the best move.

Dominique Sutton is the best junior in the state of North Carolina. At least, according to Patterson School coach Chris Chaney.

``He's the top player in his class in the state," Chaney said of the 6-foot-5, 200-pound former Jordan High (N.C.) standout. "He's an all-around player who plays both ends of the court."

``He's powerful," added Chaney. "He's in the mold of Nate James. He's been starting for us and he can be a dominant player. He can play a lot of different positions and is able to guard a lot of different people. I think he's a little bit like P.J. Tucker."

Sutton made the move from Jordan High a couple hours across the state to Patterson to get his academics in order – as well as play against high-quality talent both in practice and in games.

Sutton averaged 20 points, 15 boards, 3.4 assists and a couple blocks per game last season, but opted to re-do his junior year at Patterson. The biggest focus this season, other than academically, is on improving his outside shot.

Sutton has watched as a ton of college coaches have made it through Patterson – some to see his teammates and some to watch him – over the past month or so.

For now, his list reads Florida, Arizona, Wake Forest, Maryland, Mississippi State and Providence.

``I've got a ways to go," Sutton admitted regarding the recruiting process. "I've got a lot of school that want to sit back and see what my grades look like. I'm getting better and working real hard in the classroom."

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