Maurice Sutton – Finding His Way

6'11 center Maurice Sutton hasn't been playing for Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, MD long, but he has already come a long way. In his first full season, Sutton led Largo High to an undefeated regular season and deep into the state tournament before falling in the semi-finals. Sutton averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per game. Not bad for a new guy.

6'11 center Maurice Sutton hasn't been playing for Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, MD long, but he has already come a long way. "This was my first full year of high school ball. I didn't play in ninth grade, and I only played the second half of the year last year." It didn't take long in his first full season for Sutton to attract some attention. He led Largo High to an undefeated regular season and deep into the state tournament before falling in the semi-finals. On the year Sutton averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per game. Not bad for a new guy. "I felt I played pretty well this year, at least based on where I was when we started."

Being newer to his team it didn't take long for Maurice to realize what his strengths and weaknesses are. "I have a good feel for blocking shots. I have a soft natural touch inside, and I have also developed a pretty good hook shot. There are always areas for improvement, but for me the biggest thing is to get bigger and stronger. I understand that is what I need more than anything, so I have been spending a lot of time in the weight room."

New to his high school team, the 6'11 center is also new to the AAU circuit as well. Playing for the Maryland Spurs, Sutton is still finding his way through the process."Last summer I just stayed with my high school team. I stayed and listened to my coach and really improved. This year in AAU I haven't been playing all that many minutes. There are some politics involved, most of the guys have been playing on this team for a long time, and I do understand that, but it gets hard."

Sutton's size and progress has attracted a lot of attention from college recruiters as there is a long list of schools that are paying attention to him. "There are too many schools to name, but Marquette, Clemson, Miami, Kentucky, NC State, UConn and UNLV are the schools that are on me the hardest, I mean really strong."

When asked if he had a leader at this point Maurice was quick to point to Marquette. "Marquette is #1 right now. I really like them. They have stayed with me, and are still staying with me through the AAU process. Coach Crean has been to a lot of my AAU games, and its tough when I don't play much, but he let's me know that it is important that I fight through it and always keep my head up."

While he has been gaining notice from college coaches, Sutton hasn't been getting much notice from the national recruiting sites. He is listed as a three star prospect from Dave Telep and Scout.com, but other national services don't even list him in their database. "I completely understand that. I don't see it as a bad thing, I see it as a good thing. Everybody loves cheering for the underdog, and that is how I see myself. I want to prove them wrong. I will just keep working hard and keep my faith in God and I'll be fine."

Sutton is in no hurry to make a decision on where he will play his college ball, but he certainly has his priorities straight. "I'm in no hurry to make a decision. The whole process is new to me, so I am just riding through it right now, finding my way through the process." When it comes to selecting a school, Sutton realizes that there is more to life than basketball. "I really need to learn more about the schools and see what will benefit me if basketball doesn't come through. What can they offer me beyond basketball?"

For someone who is new to organized basketball, Maurice sure seems wise beyond his years. "I see this summer as my coming out party. I have been out there my whole life, but now it is time for me to show people what I can do. I will just keep working hard, keep my faith in God and see what happens."


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