Players from all over the country have made their way to The Patterson (N.C.) School to play for Chris Chaney with hopes to improve their grades and land a college scholarship. But Dominique Sutton didn't have to travel very far. He's a North Carolina native and if all goes well, he'll be playing in his home state at the next level.
Sutton, a strong bodied 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Durham, decided to leave Jordan High School to go to Patterson in order to improve his grades. He's reclassified to the class of 2007 and improving on a daily basis, says Chaney, playing against guys like Davon Jefferson (5-star), Robert Sallie (Washington) and Tony Crocker (Oklahoma).
"He's doing really well. I'd say he's probably playing better than anyone on the team right now," Chaney said. "He's taken the next step. He's got a great work ethic and plays the way the game is supposed to be played."
Sutton uses his good body to get into the lane and cause trouble for the smaller guards that try to defend him. His ability to shoot the ball has greatly improved since breaking onto the scene a year ago.
"He's now learning what he can and can not do," Chaney said. "He knows how hard he has to play in order to be a big time player. At one point in the season he was our fourth guy then he went down to like our 15th or 16th guy. He changed that real quick."
It makes a lot of sense that Wake Forest is at the top of Sutton's list. They have been for some time due to the proximity to home and their interest long before many other high-majors.
"He was at the DePaul game the other night," Chaney said. "They are by far the leader. He likes them and they like him."
Arizona, Iowa State and Virginia Tech "are probably the next three in line," Chaney says.
Sutton and the rest of the Patterson team has the rest of the year off and return to action in January.