Dominique Sutton, a starter on Kansas State's Elite Eight squad last season, announced over the weekend that he'll transfer to a school closer to his girlfriend and their two young daughters in North Carolina. The 6-foot-5 wing averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds as a junior last season.
"I'm leaving behind everything that I helped build," Sutton told the Kansas City Star on Saturday. "It's tough to say goodbye to all that, but sometimes other things come up that are just more important."
It can't be easy leaving behind a starting spot on a team with legitimate Final Four aspirations, but Sutton told the Star he wanted "to be there for [his daughters], and be a part of their life." The Durham native is unsure where he'll finish college, but he's hoping to draw interest from either N.C. State or Wake Forest.
For a formidable Kansas State team that figures to be among the favorites in a loaded Big 12 next season, the loss of Sutton is damaging but not crippling. The Wildcats will replace Sutton with four-star swingman Nino Williams. Williams initially planned to attend prep school for a year to get stronger and to continue refining his perimeter game but now reportedly will enroll at Kansas State in the fall.
"We're actually on our way to Manhattan right now to enroll in summer school," Williams' guardian Derek Zeck told the Topeka Capital-Journal on Monday.
"Obviously with the Sutton situation, that has changed the whole outlook and has given him an opportunity now to be on the team, which kind of changed overnight. He's pretty excited. He had to go in and change his whole mindset, from possibly sitting out or redshirting to now having opportunity to play and earn minutes."