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Illinois Basketball Offers Versatile 2024 Wing

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Illinois Basketball: 2024 Priority Nearing Decision Date

Illinois Basketball Offers Versatile 2024 Wing

On May 21st, Illinois Basketball offered Darrion Sutton, a 6 foot 9 wing out of St. Louis. Sutton has had quite the eventful week, as he has picked up offers from Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Michigan, Missouri and Penn State. Sutton is a 3-star prospect and the number 34 ranked small forward according to 247. The versatile forward is starting to peak at the right time. The AAU circuit will be in full swing this summer, and Sutton is expected to participate in the NBPA top 100 camp.

Chest Frazier offered Sutton and discussed the offer with 247’s Brandon Jenkins: “My relationship with Chester Frazier is what stands out because he is a good dude. His wife is from St. Louis so he comes down here a lot and he understands me. He loves to be in the gym and wants to see me get better.”

The Player:

Per his film, Sutton is a long, lanky athlete. He may not be a true stretch-four, however he has shown the versatility to pop a jumper. Sutton is a lefty that seems to pride himself on crashing the glass. As seen in his highlight tapes below, he is often seen grabbing offensive rebounds and going up strong to finish for contested layups. This past weekend, Sutton put up 30 pts, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, & 3 blks against DC Premier. Afterwards, he had 19 pts, 14 rebs, 5 asts, & 3 blks in another game.

Illinois has prioritized skill while recruiting big men. Amani Hansberry, Dain Dainja and Morez Johnson are all big men who can rebound, but also step on the perimeter and hold their own. Sutton also has a lankier frame where Adam Fletcher can be a huge selling point.

The Recruitment:

This will be a tough recruitment to win. Illinois has not really gone into the St. Louis area ever since Mark Smith left the team. EJ Liddell was a huge priority, however he chose to look elsewhere. Chester Frazier and Tim Anderson will be competing against some big time schools. Illinois can sell Coleman Hawkins to Sutton. Hawkins was a similarly ranked prospect who came in a bit slender. Hawkins is now a sure-fire second round NBA draft pick who could also come back to school and be one of the better players in the Big Ten. Sutton has similar potential, and his versatility allows him to play alongside Amani Hansberry and Morez Johnson.

Alex is the Owner of Armchairillini.com, your go-to source for in depth coverage of the Illinois Fighting Illini. Alex is a Resident Physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Northwestern Medicine and has had articles featured in top media publications like Bleacher Report, YardBarker, Verbal Commits, CBS sports and more.

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