``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.
``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."