Largo (Md.) Big Man Talks Terps

One of the biggest kids on the block, local PG County Terp target Maurice Sutton believes that he has what it takes to lead Largo to the state title it narrowly missed last year.

The 6-foot-10 Sutton, who has put on 10 pounds since his high school season ended, has three high-major offers, from Marquette, Clemson and Miami (FL.). Standing at a healthy 200 pounds, he told TSR what he plans to work on this summer.

"I'm trying to gain 15 or 20 pounds," said the rising senior. "I am working on getting stronger, and working on my back-to-the-basket moves, and just my all-around game," said the local product. "Working on getting stronger and faster," he said.

Sutton has spent May competing with local AAU team DC Assault. Though he does not start, he makes contributions on the court when given the opportunity.

At the Pittsburgh Jamfest, Sutton came in the game for the first time with less than a minute left, but made a crucial block versus New York's Juice All-Stars that ended up fueling DC Assault to a victory and propelled them into the finals of their tournament.

In between the AAU mayhem, Sutton has a visit planned to Kentucky, where he will compete in their Elite camp. "But that's all," Sutton said, in reference to his traveling plans.

A crucial part of Largo's success this year, Sutton will have to face the PG County 3A league without his starting backcourt of Kwame Morgan, who is headed to Hampton University, and 5-foot-8 point guard Maurice Colter.
Still, Sutton remains adamant that he will help lead Largo back to the state finals.

"I'm looking to get back," he said. "We left something there, I've got to get that state championship before I leave. I left something there, I've got to go back and get it."

Without one of the area's leading scorers in Morgan, who averaged nearly 28 points per game last year, Sutton believes it is his time to step up and be the go-to-guy for Largo. "I am looking forward to 20 [points], 15 [rebounds] and 10 [blocks]" per game, said the optimistic Sutton.

Since Marquette, Clemson and Miami are the only three schools to offer the center, they are his top three schools. He puts "UNC, Maryland, Florida, UCONN, Minnesota and Kentucky" at medium interest, as they have expressed interest but have yet to extend an offer.

"I talked to Maryland about two weeks ago," Sutton said. "We were just talking about getting me up there. [I'm going to go] and play with them in the open gyms," he said.

Sutton has yet to make an official visit to Maryland. Though it is still early in the recruiting process, Sutton said he is familiar with Maryland, as he has "been there plenty of times for games and what not. They give me tickets," he said.

Sutton, whose sister played basketball for UNC, will spend the rest of the summer competing in AAU tournaments with DC Assault, which will remain his chief concern. He sets no firm timetable in making his decision on committing to a school.

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