The Ballers Magazine revealed their October Vol. 2 cover Friday featuring Washington Mystics guard Sug Sutton. In the main image, the rookie smiles while standing up and holding her arms wide open. Sutton’s all black outfit is paired perfectly with some Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Crimson Tint” sneakers.
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The St. Louis native’s appearance in the magazine includes an interview about her basketball journey, motivation, and giving back to her community. Sutton, who knew she wanted to play professionally since the fifth grade, said she didn’t have words to describe what it was like hearing her name called in April’s WNBA draft. “It didn’t matter if my name was called in the first, second, or whatever round it was,” the 21-year old said “My name was called. You know a lot of people don’t get that opportunity, and I was just thankful for that.”
Sutton was selected out of University of Texas with the 36th overall and final pick in the third round but her rookie season didn’t quite go as planned. The guard was released before the team traveled to Bradenton, Florida, for the season. With help from her dad while at home, Sutton continued to workout and stay focused until the Mystics signed her again in August. “Eventually, I got that opportunity when Coach Thibault called me to come play again,” Sutton said.
Sutton, who is currently playing in Poland during the WNBA offseason, admitted her role there is much different than with the Mystics. Not only is she a starter on her Polish team but she’s also leading her team in scoring with 22 points per game.
Sutton also discussed her impact beyond basketball, starting with her personal brand and how she hopes to leave a mark on the future generation. Being born and raised has played a significant role throughout her journey and on her outlook.
“My city has had a big impact,” Sutton told The Baller Magazine. “Like I said, there aren’t too many people that come out and play professionally. You see a few (people) that have been in the WNBA, and there are a few in the NBA right now. We take that to heart (though) because there are a lot of people that look up to us in St. Louis, and you want to be that role model to little kids out there. You want them to know that they can do whatever they put their mind to. I think there aren’t a lot of people out there that tell these kids that. I feel like when they see us on TV or see us doing great in our profession, it really motivates them. It makes me happy because that’s all I want to do—give back to my community.”
Even during her most difficult moments, Sutton has found motivation to push through from her family, especially her nieces and nephews.
Her advice to her younger self is simple: “Stay in the moment.”