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Former Manual star will join UofL basketball team

UNC Asheville freshman guard Dwayne Sutton, a former star at Manual High School, announced Friday evening that he will join the University of Louisville men's basketball team. (Source: UNC Asheville Athletics) UNC Asheville freshman guard Dwayne Sutton, a former star at Manual High School, announced Friday evening that he will join the University of Louisville men's basketball team. (Source: UNC Asheville Athletics)
Sutton announced his decision on Twitter on Friday evening. (Source: Twitter) Sutton announced his decision on Twitter on Friday evening. (Source: Twitter)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will add a player with local ties to its roster. 

Former Manual High School star Dwayne Sutton declared on Twitter on Friday evening that he will join the Cardinals. 

"Proud and happy to announce that I am committed to the hometown Louisville Cardinals!" Sutton wrote. 

Sutton, an ultra-athletic 6-foot-5 freshman guard at UNC Asheville, will join the team as a preferred walk-on. He will sit out the 2016-17 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining after that. 

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Sutton averaged 12 points and team-highs in rebounds (7.7) and steals (1.6) per game as a freshman for Asheville this past season. He also shot 47 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the free throw line for the Bulldogs. 

Sutton helped UNC Asheville to the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to eventual national champion Villanova in the first round. He scored 11 points and had four rebounds in the Bulldogs' 86-56 loss to the Wildcats on March 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Sutton scored a career-high 25 points and snared 18 rebounds in UNC Asheville's win over Winthrop in the Big South Conference championship game to earn tournament MVP honors. 

Sutton announced on Twitter earlier this week that he had received his release from the school. 

Sutton averaged 24.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game to earn first-team all-state honors his senior season at Manual. 

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