Summer Sleeper

Who is the best relatively unknown prospect in the west? We'll go with Lee Cummard, a 6-6 wing from Arizona...

With four days left to go in the summer evaluation period, it's difficult to believe that there are any big-time players who are still getting under recruited. But here's a name you might want to remember – Lee Cummard.

Lee Cummard, 6-6 SR SG Mesa (Calif.) High, is, in my opinion, the best shooting guard prospect in the West Coast class of 2004. That puts him in some pretty good company, as the guys I have behind him include Arron Afflalo, Bryce Taylor, DeMarcus Nelson and Josh Shipp.

Cummard played in the Big Time, but since his team wasn't in the open division, he didn't play many games at Durango or Green Valley, which is where all of the national recruiting analysts spend their time. He's at the Best of Summer tournament this week in Los Angeles, so perhaps he'll get a little more national attention after this week.

We originally ranked Cummard among the small forwards, and he can probably play the three as well, but his ball skills make him a terrific two-guard prospect. He's very skinny, but he's a fierce competitor and plays with a hardnosed toughness that you don't see in many kids. He's got a very good stroke, great feel for the game and he's a terrific athlete.

Arizona State, New Mexico, Oregon State, Utah and BYU are all recruiting Cummard. However, he'll go on a two-year mission out of high school, so he could be getting recruited by just about anyone, since we're not talking about a scholarship until 2006.

We spoke with Cummard in Las Vegas and he told us that he's still wide open at this point.

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