Is Sutton the final piece to 2008 class?

  • 05/01/2008 7:22 am in

msutton.JPGBoth Hoosier Nation and Peegs are reporting that Maurice Sutton will make an unofficial visit to Bloomington in the near future and with an offer in hand, Indiana may now be the favorite to land the 6-10 Maryland big man. Sutton had previously favored Kentucky, but the Wildcats did not offer a scholarship and probably won’t with the recent signing of Josh Harrellson.

Sutton’s recruitment seems to have picked up after his 17-point performance at the Derby Festival Classic in Louisville. Although I’ve not seen Sutton play, I have now spoken with two different scouts who have watched him play and both told me that Sutton looks like a project. There’s no doubt Tom Crean and staff have to be given the benefit of the doubt on who they are recruiting, but Sutton likely figures into Indiana’s plan because there is an immediate need for a big man next season and he is one of the best options still left on the board.

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  • I am so sick of Kentucky, Duke, and North Carolina stealing our kids from Indiana. Hopefully in time Crean will keep the kids instate at IU because that is all we would really need to do to contend for the Championship every year. I like the fact that this guy is 6-10 we do need some size. I guess we will have to make the best of Kentucky's scraps, but I hope things change in the near future.

  • tberry

    I hope he is good enough to be what we need him to be. UK decided that Josh Harrellson, a JUCO player, was a better bet. That is why he is looking at IU now.

  • MikeinNC

    It worries me that Kentucky passed on him.

  • I think it's safe to say that Sutton is being recruiting more out of immediate need at his position than anything else. In other words, two years from now, he's probably not on our wish list.

  • well i think crean is wanting to win more next year than he did when he started…….but this kid is 6-10…….and we do need size. At least Kentucky had interest, so he is probably decent.

  • ricbraun

    You can't worry about other schools that show interest or offer scholarships to kids. IU and Texas were the only good schools that originally offered Ebanks scholarships before he reopened his commitment, and he is a pretty good player. Every coach has a different opinion about any particular player. Kentucky might think that Harrellson is a better player right now as opposed to 2 years from now and that might be more important to them, so that might be why their interest in him was larger than that of Sutton.

    What I don't like though is getting a guy just because we need him right now. I don't want to waste a scholarship on a player if he isn't good enough and I would be more than willing to sit through a bad year of basketball in order to save that scholarship.

  • I agree with you, which is why I brought up what I've heard from two different people who've seen him play (and both have opinions that I put a lot of stock in.) However, if Crean thinks he's good enough to play at IU, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Crap. Holman asked to be released from his scholarship.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    sounds more to me like the kid couldnt make the grades and was told by crean he would be able to play next year and got mad asked out of his schollie so he could play next year it is a sad story because eli is going to be a very good player but does open up a scholarship possibly the reason why maurice sutton is visiting so this to me all kind of ties together

    Devin Ebanks Updates please

  • junkman

    If he is described as a project and we are going to bring him in to contribute next year… I am really worried…Elston / Copobianco and Van Treese will relegate him to useless by his junior year…

    Anyone know who is going to be our PG next year? Crawford…seems a little too distracted at times on defense and if he gets in foul trouble we would be in serious trouble.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I'll take him…Our big men this year with the recent news are Pritchard, McGee, and Taber. Most 6-10 guys are projects.

  • junkman

    If he is described as a project and we are going to bring him in to contribute next year… I am really worried…Elston / Copobianco and Van Treese will relegate him to useless by his junior year…

    Anyone know who is going to be our PG next year? Crawford…seems a little too distracted at times on defense and if he gets in foul trouble we would be in serious trouble.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    I'll take him…Our big men this year with the recent news are Pritchard, McGee, and Taber. Most 6-10 guys are projects.