Dwayne Sutton 'has a spot' at Louisville

Former Manual High School standout Dwayne Sutton, who was the Big South Tournament MVP as a freshman at UNC Asheville, is transferring and has been in contact with the University of Louisville.

Dwayne Sutton said he always wanted to play basketball for the University of Louisville. But the Cardinals didn't recruit him last year when he was coming out of Manual High School.

Sutton went to UNC Asheville and had a banner freshman season, averaging 12 points and earning Big South Conference Tournament MVP honors before deciding this week that he was going to transfer.

Now, Sutton might get a chance to live out his dream.

The 6-foot-5 Sutton talked with Louisville assistant coach David Padgett on Wednesday night and said he was informed that he "has a spot on the team," and noted U of L coach Rick Pitino would be in contact later this week.

"(Padgett) said they liked me and from everything they had heard I was very coachable and hard working," Sutton said. "It's early in the process, but that's not a bad option to have for me. I'm excited about it."

Sutton said he has already talked with coaches from George Washington, UNC-Wilmington, Ball State and Eastern Kentucky and noted Wichita State and several other schools had reached out.

"It feels good to be recruited again," Sutton said. "It's more of a decision now for me to make a decision I am very comfortable with."

Sutton has several connections to U of L, noting his mother has worked at the school for seven years. He's also close to U of L freshman Ray Spalding after the two went to elementary school together.

A first-team All-State selection as a senior at Manual, Sutton averaged 25.7 points a game.

As a freshman at UNC Asheville, Sutton started all 34 games, averaged 12 points a game and led the team in rebounding (7.7) and also shot 47 percent from the floor. Sutton scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in Asheville’s 77-68 win over Winthrop in the Big South Conference championship game. He had 11 points and four rebounds in the NCAA opener against national champion Villanova.

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