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It's tough to hide if you are 6-11, but somehow Rob Summers managed to pull it off. The center from Gahanna (OH) Lincoln hasn't made a name for himself nationally yet, but then again he hasn't been real visible on the circuit. Penn State found out about him and now he's a Nittany Lion.

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If you haven't seen All-Ohio White play this spring, then you haven't seen Rob Summers. The 6-11 center is a relative newcomer to AAU basketball according to his father.

"The thing about Rob is that 20 years ago when I was playing high school basketball, they didn't have a lot of this AAU stuff," Rob's father Robert told BCH. "He really hasn't been involved in this until recently. A few people said you need to get him in camps and AAU."

Recently, Summers committed to Penn State. He had received offers from Hampton and Robert Morris. Pittsburgh was also starting to show interest. "Pitt kind of came late to the table," Robert Summers said, but his son did make an unofficial visit there.

Last weekend, Jerry Dunn watched Summers play at the Central Ohio Shootout. That pretty much sealed the deal for Penn State.

Obviously, at 6-11 and 200 pounds, Summers needs to bulk up. "August is for weight training," Robert Summers said. "He's going to pump the iron and do the nutritional things. Mom's got to do the cooking."

Summers will enter Penn State with reasonable expectations. His father said that he hopes that by the time he's a sophomore and junior he'll be making a contribution.

"Penn State has always been on the top of the list since day one. We were excited and it was a dream come true for the entire family. They were the fifth school to contact him by mail. When you have in mind a school you would like to go … as fast as people are committing out there, we didn't think it was wise to wait."

Summers will play at Five-Star this month and then in the AAU Nationals. He's originally from Chicago and maintains a close relationship with IL SF Melvin Buckley.

Photo courtesy Penn State sports information

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