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Bound for Transy
Scott Sutton, with his mother, Patsy, and father, Eddie, sitting alongside, is all smiles after signing a letter of intent to play basketball for Transylvania. Currently a student at Lexington Henry Clay, Scott plans to play swingman for the Pioneers. Standing left to right are: Transy head coach Don Lane, Steve Sutton and UK point guard
Sean SuttOn. photo by Barbara J. Ownby
Sutton, as in Scott, signs with Don Lane's Pioneers
By TCP Associate Editor Nick Nicholas
Lexington Henry Clay senior Scott Sutton, the son of former Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton, signed the dotted line earlier this month with Transylvania.
"I've thought about it all year and coach (Don) Lane's been in touch with me all year long," said Scott, a 6-foot-6 swingman who was an All-State Honorable Mention selection this past season. "It (decision) wasn't very hard.
"I wanted to go to a college that had outstanding academics and basketball, and Transy met both of these criteria for me."
With his mom on his right, his dad on his left, three television cameras peering in front, his high school coach as well as other onlookers at the press conference, Scott nervously signed the letter of intent. After a brief statement he then turned with a grin aimed at his father. "Good," said the elder Sutton with a ear-to-ear smile, acknowledging his son's moment in the spotlight.
Transy's program under Lane's guidance has excelled. A year ago Lane guided the Pioneers to a 26-4 record, an NAIA District 32 championship which was tied to a trip to Kansas City and a No. 7 position in the national poll.
In 14 years Lane's career record at Transy ranks second to no one. Scott said he looks forward to playing for Lane, who's the owner of a 247-128 mark. The feeling is mutual.
"He's an excellent passer and a three-point shooter," said Lane of his newest signee. "We watched his progress all the way through...We recruited Scott because he can be a good player for us.
"I never had a guy come from Henry Clay who was not ready to play."
Academics was another reason Transylvania and Scott Sutton took a liking to each other. "Our standards are higher than Proposition 48's," Lane noted. "He's interested in academics and you've got to be if you're going to Transylvania."
District 32 rival Georgetown was the only
other school Sutton visited. His trip to see the Tigers play, meanwhile, was not an official call.
At this writing Scott is the second Pioneer signee, the other being Brett Eades of Paris High School. Sutton and Eades, as well as four other players currently on Transy's roster, have something in common—their dads coach or at one time worked the sidelines in the roundball sport.
Staying in Lexington played a significant factor for Eddie and Patsy Sutton's youngest son. Now the problem for mom and dad is which son do they watch play—Sean or Scott—if both UK and Transy are scheduled on the same evening. Probably both, since the drive between Rupp Arena and McAlister Auditorium can be made in a five-minute drive.
"Next year I think they'll be around and they'll be able to see every game," Scott said.
Add the possibility of contributing in his freshman season and all signs pointed Scott in the direction of the Lexington institution. He even plans to move on campus.
"I like to shoot the three-pointers and coach Lane does a great job of coaching," said Scott, who connected on better than 45 percent from beyond the three-point line last season. "If I just work hard and try to learn the system I think I'll be all right."
Scott compiled a steady senior season for Al Prewitt's 19-8 Blue Devils. While averaging 18 points per game he also contributed six rebounds and four assists per outing. He was named to the All-City, All-District and All-Regional squads. The Blue Devils were eliminated in the regional semifinals.
As a junior first-stringer he averaged 9 ppg., on a Henry Clay squad that made it to the final eight in Sweet 16 play.
"I think he made a good decision," said his brother Sean, whose plans are to remain at UK. "Coach Lane is a great coach and the years that I've been here I've been impressed by the way they play. They've turned out some very good basketball players.
"As long as he's happy, that's the most important thing."
Dickey is third UK assistant to resign
From The Cats' Pause staff reports
James Dickey became the third assistant to officially resign from his UK assistant post late last month.
Earlier Dwane Casey and Jimmy Dykes turned in their notice, effective immediately, after head coach Eddie Sutton stepped down last March because of the NCAA investigation into the UK basketball program.
"I've enjoyed coaching and I enjoyed coaching at Kentucky," Dickey said. "Being at Kentucky was a good experience for me. I learned about the day-to-day operation of a program that is highly visible."
As to why he waited II days to resign, the 34-year-old Dickey figured Sutton's resignation meant that he was gone, too.
"It was not an immediate concern," quoted Dickey. "When coach Sutton resigned, I thought he resigned basically for the staff. The first thing on my mind was to take care of my family."
The former UK assistant said he resigned "because I understand that any new coach will want to have the prerogative of selecting his own staff."
Dickey was named in five of the 18 allegations against the basketball program.
He has indicated he still wants to be a head coach on the college level. "If that's possible," Dickey wondered. "I'm just not sure how the investigation will affect us. I will explore any option."
Before being named as an assistant at Kentucky, Dickey worked in the same capacity under Sutton at Arkansas. It was a week after Sutton was named UK's head coach back in April of '85 when Dickey officially accepted the offer to come to the Bluegrass.
Is P.J. a candidate for UK job? New Jersey paper answers 'Yes!'
According to The Record of Hackensack Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo is a candidate to be Eddie Sutton's successor at Kentucky. Seton Hall athletics director Larry Keating said that CM. Newton had contacted the Big East school to receive permission to talk to Carlesimo.
This comes a couple of weeks after Lute Olson, again, had second thoughts in regard to the Kentucky job. Olson reportedly planned a visit to Lexington to meet with CM. Newton but cancelled after University of Arizona officials offered its coach a new financial package.
Reports from last Sunday link Carlesimo as a possibility. The newspaper reported that Newton has indeed spoken "several times" with Carlesimo.
Carlesimo, 39, led the Pirates to this year's NCAA championship game, where they lost to Michigan 80-79 in overtime. Seton Hall finished the season with a 31-7 record.
With the completion of the 1988-89 campaign, Carlesimo has four years left on his current contract.
Besides Olson, Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and New York Knicks coach Rick Pitino have publicly said they are not interested at this time in the Kentucky vacancy.
Those four reportedly were (and maybe still are) top candidates on Newton's list.