Getting To Know: Maurice Sutton

Maurice Sutton is 6-foot-11, maybe 200 pounds. He’s a senior center averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds at Largo High in Washington, D.C., which is ranked No. 16 in The Washington Post’s weekly poll.

In Largo’s last game, Sutton scored 33 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked 12 shots. And Largo lost, 91-86.

Sutton is on Kansas State’s radar.

His mother, Gwen, confirmed Monday that K-State is interested in her son.

“He’s a late bloomer,” she said.

There is plenty of room on his rail-thin body for growth, and he has good bloodlines. His older sister, Candace, played for North Carolina. Gwen Sutton played at North Carolina State in the ‘70s. His cousin, Chris Gatling, is an Old Dominion alumnus and was a part of several NBA teams.

Per, the three-star, No. 31 center in the Class of 2008 has been offered by Marquette, Duquesne and Tulane. Sutton said he’s also being pursued by South Florida, Clemson and Seton Hall — all with offers.

And then there are K-State and Kentucky, who have yet to offer, although Sutton believes UK is close.

What about K-State?

There have been discussions. Most of the D.C. guys — Michael Beasley, Jamar Samuels and Ron Anderson — have already called, pitching the school’s and program’s virtues. Turns out one of the biggest draws — or at least the reason he started paying attention to the Little Apple in the first place — now resides in Morgantown, W. Va.

“I love Coach (Bob) Huggins,” said Sutton, who said he will make a decision at the end of the season. “I just like the way he coaches. But now that Mike is there, I’ve been watching… I look at the playing style and try to figure out how I’d fit in. What role would I play?

“I’d probably be boxing out, rebounding, blocking shots, just running up and down the court.”

The book on Sutton, based on’s evaluation, is he’s long, and he rebounds and defends well. Predictably, based on his thin frame, he has trouble finishing and his counter moves need work.

Maybe a bit of a project, but with some work in the weight room — paging Scott Greenawalt — he sounds like a good get.

Perhaps at K-State?

“I wouldn’t mind taking a visit to K-State,” he said.


- IN Dick Weiss’ blog on the New York Daily News’ Web site, Sean Kilpatrick’s family adviser — whose younger brother has already committed to West Virginia — said the White Plains (N.Y.) shooting guard would definitely take a visit to Kansas State. Kilpatrick, however, grew up a St. John’s fan and is from NYC.

- ACCORDING to Hutch C.C. sports information director Steve Carpenter, who spoke with Ken Bowman on my behalf because the 6-foot-8 forward isn’t available at this point of the season, Bowman is down to Maryland and Kansas State. Teammate Bobby Maze is a Terps commit, so that might be the allure.

- AND, it ain’t over just yet for Wesley Witherspoon, the 6-foot-7 wing from Lilburn, Ga. Guess “wide open” truly means wide open.