"I'm sure it surprised my coaches and everyone, but I felt it was something I had to do," Sutton told Pack Pride. "I needed to get closer to home, and I'm also going to use it as a time to work on my game. I want to improve and be the best player I can be, but I want to help my team win."
Sutton started all but one game for the Wildcats in 2009-2010, averaging 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds with KSU advancing to the Elite Eight. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing was regarded as one of the top defenders in the Big 12 conference, and he is an explosive athlete capable of making game-changing plays on both ends of the floor.
However, basketball played just a small role in Sutton's decision. He wanted to return home where he could be around his two young daughters and family even more.
"I had to get closer to my family... my little girls," he said. "I've been at Kansas State for three years, and I don't get to see them too often. I'm away too much and they are always on my mind.
"When I thought about it I realized it's a good move for me, and it's the right time. I feel like this is going to re-energize me, being around my family, and hopefully it will carry over to basketball."
Sutton indicated that he doesn't have a full list at this time, but has been in contact with a couple of schools.
"Really I've been talking to coaches at Kentucky and NC State, teams like that," he said. "I spoke with coach Towe from NC State on Tuesday. He was just letting me know that they are interested in me so we're going through that process right now."
Sutton will need to make a decision in the next few weeks, and it sounds like one program has emerged as the leader.
"Really, right now I'm trying to see what's going to happen with NC State," he said. "If things don't work out with them than I'll visit schools like Kentucky, Central Florida, or Clemson, but I want to see what happens with NC State.
"I don't even need to take an official visit to NC State because I know what it's like with me being from right around there. I like what I'm hearing from them as long as the scholarship works out and I can play right away."
A major factor for Sutton could be if the NCAA grants him a waiver to play in the 2010-2011 season. As of now he has to sit out the season due to transfer rules and would have just one year left to play as a redshirt senior in 2011.
"That could play a factor in what I decide to do," said Sutton. "I'm not sure I want to sit out a year. It could come down to me maybe playing Division II if I don't get the waiver or be able to play right away.
"I'm still not sure about all of that though. I think the thing is I have to pick a school first and then that school has to submit the waiver for me so I won't know if I can play right away until after that is sent to the NCAA. As of now, that's what I'm trying to do... I want to be able to play this year."
Dialogue between Sutton and NC State will continue according to the talented wing. He's looking to make sure it's the right fit, and if he has the opportunity he could become a member of the Wolfpack.
"I'm going to keep talking with the coaches and make sure it's right for both of us," he said. "I've mainly talked to coach Towe, but I'm going to be talking with coach Sidney here soon. I know he's down recruiting I think in Georgia so it might be when he gets back, but I'm going to talk with him and see what's going on."