Maurice Sutton, a 6-10, 210-pound center-forward from Largo High (Upper Marlboro, Md.), is heading to Villanova.
"It came down to what God said, what God said goes," Sutton said this afternoon. "When I went to Villanova for a visit, it just felt right. I just felt comfortable with coach [Jay] Wright . . . Everything, his personality, just the way he came in, he's just so honest. I know his track record. There is something about him I really like. I can really say that I'm going to love having him coach me for how ever many years I'm there.
"I've seen what they have done in the tournament the last few years. I would love to be part of that."
Today is the last day of the national signing period.
One of the top unsigned players remaining in the class of 2008, he had narrowed his possibilities to Villanova, Seton Hall and Indiana.
New Indiana coach Tom Crean reportedly offered Sutton a scholarship while he still was coaching at Marquette.
He obviously would have had a chance to play at Indiana a lot sooner, since the Hoosiers are in desperate need of fresh bodies. Seton Hall had been recruiting him longer than anyone.
Sutton, who averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds as a senior, needs to add some bulk to his slender frame, which could also make him a candidate to redshirt next season. *