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November 20, 2006Worcester, Mass. - Dominique Sutton took one look at Kansas State's 2007 recruiting class - which is ranked No. 1 by Rivals.com - and one word came to his mind.
"Wow," Sutton said at the National Prep Showcase at Assumption College. "Once we get there, only time will tell what we can do. We have a lot of expectations. The (Kansas State) fans were really excited about it. They can't wait for us to get out there and we can't wait to get out there."
Sutton, rated the No. 39 small forward in the nation, is a quality pickup for first-year coach Bob Huggins. However, two other players headline the outstanding Kansas State class. Michael Beasley is the top-rated player in the entire 2007 group and Bill Walker, rated the sixth-best player nationally, enrolled at K-State earlier this month. Walker can start practicing with the team on Dec. 16.
Sutton - who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals to help lead Patterson School to an 86-82 victory over St. Thomas More on Saturday - also joins Fred Brown and Jacob Pullen in the Wildcats' class.
"This is going to be crazy," Sutton said. "Everybody is expecting a lot. I'm going to have a fun time throwing lobs to them. I know Mike and Bill are going to go up and get it."
Tirrell Baines had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Hazell added 18 points in Patterson's win on Saturday afternoon. Devin Ebanks finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds - both game highs - for St. Thomas More. Ebanks lists UConn, Georgetown, Miami (Fla.), St. John's and Rutgers as his top schools.
Hargrave duo plays well
It is not difficult to see that Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts has given Dorenzo Hudson the green light to fire away when he has an open shot. Hudson finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-for-20 shooting in Hargrave's 90-89 loss to Beasley and Notre Dame Prep on Saturday.
Hudson hit four 3-pointers and fellow Virginia Tech signee Jeff Allen finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six steals. Notre Dame Prep's Jamine Peterson led the way with 24 points and nine boards. Beasley had 19 points, 12 rebounds.
"The kid scores," Keatts said of Hudson. "He's not a shooter, he's a scorer. He can post up, step out behind the arc or take people off the dribble. He can score in a variety of ways."
Decision came easy for Williams
One of the best recruiting tools programs had to offer Jerrell Williams was playing college ball with his twin brother, Terrell. Even though higher profile schools came after Jerrell, he could not pass up the opportunity to play with his sibling - who is younger by two minutes - at LaSalle.
"He's my friend, my best friend, everything," Jerrell Williams said. "We're hardly ever apart. If we would have gone to different schools, I don't know what I would've done. It was a pretty easy decision. My brother and I played together our whole lives. We always dreamed of playing college ball together."
The Williams' played at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic before transferring to Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon. LaSalle coach Dr. John Giannini's relationship with the Williams' was also a big factor in their recruitment, Williams said. Jerrell Williams, who said he was also hearing from Marquette, Temple, George Washington, Providence and Rhode Island, led the way with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds in Northfield Mount Hermon's 92-39 win over Our Savior New American on Saturday.
Ashford excited about Texas Tech
Reserved is a good word to describe New Hampton (N.H.) Prep's Darryl Ashford, but he is excited about playing for Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight at Texas Tech - even if Knight's personality is anything but bashful.
"It was really intimidating the first time I met him," Ashford said. "They didn't tell me he was coming to my school. I was shocked sitting there with him. When I was recruited, he was one of the only head coaches to actually come out and see me. He really has a presence."
Ashford led New Hampton to a 67-56 victory over Champlain St. Lambert with a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds. San Francisco commit Andre Hardy added 11 points.