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News Feed - March 31, 2009

Georgetown announced yesterday that forward DaJuan Summers will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Summers, who is listed by Georgetown at 6 feet 8 and 236 pounds, led the Hoyas in scoring this past season at 13.6 points per game. However, his 4.1 rebounds per game (down from his 5.4 average as a sophomore) only ranked third on the team, and he also averaged a team-high 2.6 turnovers per game.

Here's a look at what the major NBA draft preview sites are saying about Summers's prospects.

Chad Ford, "Summers got off to a sizzling start this season and there was talk that he might be a mid-first-round pick. He has great size for his position, NBA athleticism and a terrific body and he can shoot from deep range. He's in many ways the prototypical NBA small forward.

However, his production really dropped off after Georgetown went into the tank. His shooting percentage went down, his turnovers went up and the team seemed to crumble around him. Based on physical talent and abilities, Summers is a surefire late-lottery to mid-first-round pick. However, his inability to put together one great college season has given teams pause and put him squarely on the first-round bubble." "Summers is a likely late first rounder who struggled mightily down the stretch. He's an above average athlete with solid shooting ability but could get caught up in a numbers game and slip some with so many potential underclassmen entering. He has opted to sign with an agent before seeing where he stands. Likely mid-late first round." "Great size for a small forward. Very long arms. Solid defender. Big and strong. Plays physical -- uses his strength well. Aggressive player. Good leaper. Explosive player. Good spot-up shooter. Capable slashing to the hoop. Good three-point shooter - over 100 made for his career. Very consistent scorer....Needs to improve his ball handling. Turns the ball over way too much. Tends to rely on jumpers too much rather than driving or using his size/strength down low. Mediocre rebounder. Not much of a passer/assist man. Foul prone.

Late first round to early second round pick." The Web site hasn't updated its profile of Summers since December, but has him listed as the second pick of the second round (by the Wizards) in its mock draft. "Despite having the tools, is a sub par rebounder and defender. If drafted according to talent, is a lottery pick. If picked according to consistency, will drop into the bottom of the first round."

By Matt Bonesteel  |  March 31, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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If Summers had come back and spent another season hoisting threes and playing non aggressive basketball then he made the right decision going pro while he's still a late first round pick. I wouldn't waste a pick on him, though.

Posted by: manwray | March 31, 2009 1:49 PM

i won't hate on Summers. i wish him luck, but the kid could have been better. He really should have been Jeff Green with better size and a more physical presence. I think his leaving early will hurt himself in doing so. some of those reviews were idealized. Summers is 100% jump shot shooter. He will fill the lane when he has a clear dunking finish, but he is no slasher! His game was not productive otherwise. where's his handle? when did he create his own shot? when did he go in the lane or post up? when did he crash the boards and grab big rebounds? he should go late 1st round and might be a steal if he gets to work. but i guess he figures i'll make $3 versus 3 million complaints.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 31, 2009 2:13 PM

If he would've came back and added some muscle and weight and drove more to basket , he would've been a early 1st round pick. He is same height and 15 pounds lighter that a guy name, Lebron James. I wish him luck only because he's a Hoyas, but 1 more year would've been nice.....

Posted by: ENJOYA | March 31, 2009 2:17 PM

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