Largo's Maurice Sutton hearing from UK

Kentucky Sports Report's Brian Eldridge spoke to Largo (MD) High School coach Lewis Howard about his star player, Maurice Sutton. Eldridge was informed by Howard that the coach had just gotten off the phone with a couple of Kentucky assistant coaches. Where does Kentucky stand with Sutton? What other teams are involved?

When the name Tayshaun Prince is mentioned around Kentucky fans, there are always memories of one of the best players to ever put on the blue and white. According to Largo (MD) High School coach Lewis Howard, Maurice Sutton is a very similar player.

"He's very much like Tayshaun Prince," said Howard. "He can run the floor for a guy his size. He can do a lot of the things for Patrick Patterson that (Perry) Stevenson does, cutting to the basket," he finished. At 6-foot-11, 210 Sutton is a gifted athlete for his size.

In leading his team to the 3A State Championship in Maryland, Sutton averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks per game. Not only did Largo bring home some team hardware, Sutton brought home some personal hardware of his own. "We won the state championship last Saturday and Maurice was named tournament's most outstanding player," Howard said.

In the championship game, Sutton continued his assault on the stat sheet. He scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots in a 84-58 win over Long Reach High School. Largo finished with 23 wins and four losses this season.

Sutton is familiar with the Wildcats and has been on campus. They defeated Corbin High School (KY) in the Nissan Shootout in January. During that time, his team took a tour of the Craft Center. He hasn't taken any official visits at this time, but those are forth coming. Several of the schools he's interested in are currently in the NCAA tournament.

"He's hearing from UCLA, Seton Hall, Villanova, South Florida, Marquette and North Carolina State," said Howard.

What about Kentucky?

"Maurice is very interested in Kentucky," said Howard. "I just got off the phone with a couple of Kentucky's coaches. Coach Cyprien and Coach Cox," Howard finished.

It has to be impressive to a recruit that the Wildcat staff took time out of their preparation to make contact with him. The Cats are currently preparing for their first round match-up in the NCAA tournament with Marquette.

Sutton is fully qualified at this time. He plans to make his decision after a few visits and sign his Letter of Intent in April.

He is rated the number 31 center in the nation and is a three-star prospect according to

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