Sutton coming home

Transfer has family ties

CorrespondentJuly 21, 2010 

Back home where he longed to be, Dominique Sutton spent Tuesday night honing his hoops skills while he seeks a new place to play.

A Durham native, Sutton played the last three seasons at Kansas State before seeking and receiving permission to transfer this summer.

While the 6-foot-5 forward didn't reveal which schools he's considering, he said the experience is familiar.

"It's going pretty good," Sutton said. "It's not completed yet. It's kind of like high school all over again. I'm looking to go to a place that best fits me and where I feel that I can go out and compete and have fun."

Sutton played for Team Navy Tuesday night in an S.J.G Greater NC Pro Am summer league game at N.C. Central's McDougald-McLendon Gym. He scored 15 points to help Team Navy beat Team Jamison 77-54.

Sutton, who finished his prep career at the Patterson School in Lenoir, said his young family was his reason for transferring. His children, 4-year-old Mykira and 1-year-old Disharra, live in Durham with his girlfriend.

"That's pretty much the reason why I came home," Sutton said. "I'm going through the process, and hopefully I made the right decision."

Sutton started all but one of Kansas State's games last season as the Wildcats went 29-8 and advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while playing strong defense during his junior season.

With one season of eligibility remaining, Sutton said finding a new school isn't easy.

"A lot of bigger schools want me to sit out, but I want to go to a place where I can play right away," Sutton said.

Of course, according to NCAA transfer rules, Sutton must sit out a year if he transfers to a Division I school. Unless he receives a rare hardship waiver from the NCAA, he can only play immediately if he transfers to a lower level, such as Division II.

Curry back in action: Duke guard Seth Curry showed no aftereffects on Tuesday night from the sprained ankle that sidelined him last week.

Curry played the entire game for Team Jamison, scoring eight points. Last Thursday, Curry landed awkwardly and injured his ankle in the first minutes of a game.

Powell impressive: Former N.C. State player Josh Powell got in on the action on Tuesday night.

Powell, who played for the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers the last two seasons, scored 24 points for Lucky 7 in an 87-82 loss to Hendrick of Durham.

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