Dominique Sutton Moving On

Dominique Sutton always yearned for the day when he was going to commit to Wake Forest. Now, Sutton realizes that's not going to happen. The Patterson (N.C.) senior wing isn't shedding any years, though. He's just moving on.

Dominique Sutton's dream of going to Wake Forest is over.

``Life goes on," the 6-foot-5, 200-pound Patterson School (N.C.) wing said. "You've got to move forward. They aren't the only school out there."

Sutton, a North Carolina native who always had aspirations of playing at Wake, saw his chances come to an end when the Deacons received a commitment from James Johnson out of Wyoming.

Now Sutton is focused on his senior campaign for Patterson coach Chris Chaney.

``Dominique's really matured and taken his game to the next level," Chaney said. "He's one of the best all-around players in the country. I don't think there's anything he can't do."

``Last year when I came in, I was just trying to get a feel for things," Sutton added. "Prep school is a lot more physical so it was a big adjustment. Now I know what to expect."

The biggest change in Sutton's game is the consistency on his jumper.

``That's what I've been working on since I got here," he said.

Sutton said his summer was frustrating because he had "jumper's knee", which limited his explosiveness. He played at adidas camp, but then sat out the rest of July in an effort to be healthy for his senior campaign.

Now, in addition to preparing for his final go-around, Sutton is also trying to get a feel for his recruitment.

He said that Oklahoma, Kansas State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and USC have shown interest of late.

His first official will come Oct. 21 when he takes a trip to Norman, Okla.

``That's my leader right now," Sutton said of the Sooners. "Coach (Jeff) Capel is from my area and he was recruiting me when he was at VCU, so we have a nice connection."

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