Sutton Talks About IU Visit

Maurice Sutton has returned to his Maryland home following his IU visit on Monday. Sutton talks about his time in town, what he did throughout the day on Monday, and where things stand with a possible commitment...

Bloomington – Maurice Sutton has left Bloomington and is back home after his IU visit this weekend, and he remains uncommitted.

At least for the time being.

After competing in the Adidas May Classic over the weekend, the 6'10", 210-pounder from Upper Maryland Largo H.S. spent Monday visiting with IU Coach Tom Crean and looking around the Bloomington campus. His day included sitting down with the Hoosiers' head coach, meeting members of the coaching and support staff, getting a virtual tour of IU's new basketball practice facility, and visiting the Kelley School of Business.

Sutton was joined by his father as well as his high school coach on the visit, and said it went well.

"The visit was good – I couldn't have asked for a better visit," Sutton said. "Everything was nice, I was impressed with coach and everything he's trying to do, the facilities. I liked it all."

The people also made an impression. From the coaching staff to the IU fans who showed up to watch Sutton play with the Indiana Elite LNO squad, Sutton said everyone made him feel welcome during his time in town.

"Everyone there is so nice and supportive of the program," Sutton said. "Nobody had anything bad to say. And coach put it out there that he wants me and would love for me to come there."

While Sutton came away impressed with everything about the IU program, but stopped short of giving IU a commitment. He said he will likely still take a visit at Villanova on Wednesday, and will ultimately decide between IU, Villanova and Seton Hall.

"I came out and I was looking for that feeling that I was ready to get it all done with," Sutton said. "I felt it, but I need some confirmation from a higher power."

If Indiana manages to land Sutton, it will be getting some much-needed help for the frontline. He'd be one of only four players on IU's 2008-09 roster who would be taller than 6'5", along with senior Kyle Taber, sophomore Brandon McGee and incoming freshman Tom Pritchard.

Crean made it clear to Sutton that if he comes, he can play a very big role from day one.

"He sees me as a defensive and offensive presence," Sutton said. "Whether that's blocking shots, rebounding, scoring, getting steals, making that extra effort on defense."

Sutton said he plans on being in touch with Crean throughout the week, and it's obvious a decision could come any day.

"I'll definitely be talking to him soon," Sutton said. "I want to keep this relationship going."

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