The Washington Times - March 30, 2009, 06:34PM

Late March and early April is a time for decisions – good and bad – across the college basketball landscape.

Today happens to be reserved for a ton of decisions.

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We’ll start local and work our way out nationally in the next 18 hours or so, especially since the big national story might not fully unfold for a little while longer.

So inside the Beltway, there’s DaJuan Summers, a nice enough player for Georgetown who has decided to turn pro.

NBADraft.net has Summers going 18th overall. In the 2010 draft. So it’s amusing a guy who the mock analysts didn’t bother to include in this year’s selection process is bolting after his junior year.

Georgetown put out a release, with a rather money quote from coach John Thompson III included (emphasis mine):

“We wish DaJuan all the best in his future endeavors, wherever they may take him,” said Coach Thompson. “He informed me that he is closing the book on his college career and focusing fully on the opportunity to play professionally. He is in the process of choosing an agent.”

Well, first of all, that’s a blessing for the Georgetown beat writers. None of that “testing the waters” nonsense (and, really, that phrase is lame beyond words, and the only reason it’s even in this entry is to scoff at it and forevermore banish it to the Big Bag of Sportswiters’ Cliches).

But (and here’s the kicker) … really? I saw Georgetown in person five times this season, and never once did the thought “Gosh, that guy so belongs in the NBA right now” pass through my synapses.

Summers was a guy who played really well against Memphis (21 points), mediocre against West Virginia (12 points) and atrocious against Louisville (four points), and in that order.

Moreover, I saw a 6-foot-8, 236-pounder who passed the eyeball test for an inside bruiser who wanted to unleash his inner two-guard whenever possible.

It is beyond unsettling Summers took as many 3-pointers (135) as Austin Freeman and Jason Clark combined – and in 571 fewer minutes than the two guards logged. Yes, he was the Hoyas’ best 3-point shooter, but you’d think they could have used more than the 36 offensive rebounds the imposing junior collected as well.

By the way, Freeman had 35 offensive boards, Jessie Sapp 34. Just sayin’.

And now Summers is gone, off to see if the NBA is a more suitable environment for his jack-at-(almost)-all-times approach. There’s no doubt Summers is athletic, and someone will take a chance on him based on potential – the lifeblood of the NBA Draft.

(Speaking of potential, wasn’t that what Georgetown’s recruiting class of 2006 was filled with? And now Summers, Vernon Macklin and Jeremiah Rivers are all gone before their eligibility is up, Georgetown getting a combined seven of 12 possible seasons from them. But that’s a discussion for another day)

Back on point: Summers didn’t much look like an NBA player for much of this season, but he’ll probably fare better in the pros (even if slamming the door on a college return doesn’t look all that smart).

It actually might be the best move for all parties, since there’s a decent chance Georgetown won’t be much worse off without him. The Hoyas will just have to find another big guy unwilling to act his size to help take them to the promised land of a first-round NIT ouster next year.

Patrick Stevens