Raleigh, N.C. — Elle Sutphin, a basketball star at East Surry High School, decided to skip her senior year to get her college career started.
Sutphin is on scholarship to play with the Wolfpack at North Carolina State University. Sutphin says doesn’t know if any other female player has gone from junior year straight to college, but for her, it’s the right decision.
“A big thing why I wanted to get here and graduate early was to get here and work on my body, work on my skills to get ready for the next level,” Sutphin says.
Sutphin, 17, says her family helped her make the decision.
“They wanted to make sure my maturity level was ready for this,” she said. “They wanted to make sure I was ready personally and physically. So, that was some big things that came into play.”
Sutphin knows it’s a big step to go from her class of 100 to a Wolfpack of more than 20,000. She says she hopes it motivates other young athletes to dream big as well.
“You can’t ever just think that you can just stop. You have to think of something to keep you motivated and keep you going,” she says.
Sutphin plans to major in forestry at NC State.
Published at Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:49:14 +0000