Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Sutton to Villanova; Seton Hall in Mix for Costner
Maurice Sutton, a 6-10, 210-pound center-forward from Largo High (Upper Marlboro, Md.), will announce that he is heading to Villanova at a press conference later this afternoon, according to he Philly Daily News.
“Villanova is a great fit for me,” he had recently told Justin Young, of rivals.com. “They have all five guys coming back next year, but I really like Villanova. [Coach Jay] Wright, he really took me under his wing. I love [him]. I see myself in their offense and defense, too.”
Sutton chose Villanova over Indiana. IU coach Tom Crean offered Sutton a scholarship while still at Marquette.
Seton Hall was in the mix but pulled out after getting Melvyn “Big Mel” Oliver.
The Pirates have one ship remaining and are in the mix for Montclair’s Brandon Costner, who may transfer from N.C. State.
“I know academics are very important to Brandon [a rising redshirt junior] and his parents,” NC State coach Sidney Lowe told the Charlotte Observer in April. “I think they thought about him coming to school for three years and graduating.
“So that’s going to be always there. So that changes our thought process in terms of recruiting. We have to make sure we’ll have enough big guys to replace J. J. (Hickson) and Brandon and then Ben [McCauley] next year.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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