Hoyas’ Summers to leave for NBA

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Georgetown junior forward DaJuan Summers has decided to forgo his senior season on the Hilltop to enter the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound forward from Baltimore averaged 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds during a career that saw him make 97 starts for the Hoyas. He finished tied for 29th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,129 points.

Coach John Thompson III confirmed Summers was in the process of hiring an agent, meaning he would not have the option of pulling his name out by the June 15 deadline to maintain his eligibility.

The decision comes at the conclusion of what probably would be dubbed a disappointing campaign for the sculpted gunner. Summers did lead the underachieving Hoyas (16-15) in scoring (13.6 points), but he also sported far and away the worst assist-to-turnover ratio among the regulars (39 assists to 81 turnovers) and failed to live up to his preseason All-Big East billing.

Told that Summers was leaning toward declaring for the draft before Georgetown’s late-season game against Marquette, ESPN analyst Len Elmore was stunned.

“Really, DaJuan Summers? He’s only got a jumper,” he said. “A small forward in the NBA has got to be able to put the ball on the floor a lot better than Summers. And who is he going to defend? Wow. It would be a mistake for him to declare, but maybe somebody will talk him out of it.”

Similar to the career of Brandon Bowman, who preceded him on the wing for the Hoyas, Summers’ run at Georgetown was a case study in inconsistency and unfulfilled expectations. After arriving amid much fanfare from Baltimore’s McDonogh School, Summers started all but three games during a freshman season that climaxed with the Hoyas’ 96-84 upset of North Carolina in the East Region finals of the 2007 NCAA tournament.

Earning a spot on the all-region team, Summers scored a then career-high 20 points against the Tar Heels, adding six rebounds and one of the most memorable blocks in program history when he drove Tyler Hansbrough to the floor during overtime.

That player made only occasional appearances the next two seasons. While Summers became a superb 3-point shooter, raising his percentage from behind the arc each season, he seemed to regress in other areas. Summers’ rebounding output decreased this season in spite of the team’s greater need, and many NBA scouts questioned his defense, handle, passing ability and midrange skills.

Summers’ decision leaves the Hoyas without a senior on next season’s roster and trims the number of players on scholarship or signed to nine.

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