Sutton Makes Move West

Dominique Sutton grew up in ACC country. Will he be the next Triangle native to make it big in the Big 12?

Dominique Sutton is from ACC country; the heart of it in Durham, N.C. Kids from that neck of the woods grow up, as Sutton did, expecting to play in the ACC.

Sometimes, paths lead to different places like the Big 12. In fact, the last Big 12 signee to leave the Triangle Area turned out alright. His name was P.J. Tucker.

On Wednesday, Dominique Sutton committed to Kansas State in a move even he couldn't have predicted.

"I didn't think they would really come after me like that either," the 6-foot-5 Sutton said. "I never imagined going that far myself but things happen for a reason. The Man above must think its best to get away."

The No. 57 player in the country per told Bob Huggins Wednesday of his decision. "He was excited," Sutton said. "He said that we're about to get it going. He said we were going to put it together and make something happen for next year. I'm looking forward to that."

Sutton, who began his high school career at Durham Jordan, transferred last season to The Patterson School where he reclassified and has turned into the most talented prospect on Chris Chaney's deep roster.

Kansas State recently brought Sutton out for a visit and the wing was taken by the shift in attitudes toward the roundball at what has been a football school.

"There was a buzz. Right before the Midnight Madness, when we all walked in, the crowd went crazy. They were calling our names and that surprised me. The fans were going crazy and they knew who we were and everything."

"That told me that if we come here we'd be the names on campus. Huggins asked me if that's the type of environment I like and I did. They're looking forward to basketball this year and next year."

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