Michigan Keeping Eye on Sumner (with Video)

One of the top in-state prospects on Michigan's 2014 radar is Detroit Country Day guard, Edmond Sumner. GoBlueWolverine caught up with slender slasher recently to discuss his game the latest in his recruitment, his thoughts on Michigan, his decision timeline, and more.

Detroit Country Day star Edmond Sumner may not be the biggest player on the basketball floor, but few would disagree with the statement that 6-3, 165-pounder is always among the toughest.  GoBlueWolverine witness said toughness first hand recently when he slashed his way to 25 points in an 86-61 victory over another of the state’s perennial powers, Saginaw Arthur Hill.

“We came out here and played as a team, played as a unit, and we got buckets,” Sumner said afterward.  “We came out with a great win tonight.  The season has) been going good. This was a big test. The last two tests we came up short to Romulus (a 75-65 loss) and Consortium (a 68-62 loss). So we really needed this big win.”

As for his game and his contribution to the team, Sumner said what he brings to the table is very clear.

“I’m a penetrator and I look for my open teammates,” he stated confidently.

Sumner’s fearlessness attacking the basket has certainly gotten the attention of a number of college coaches, including both in-state powers.

“I have offers from Xavier, (Massachusetts), Toledo, Kent State, (Detroit),” he reported.  “I’m getting recruited by Michigan and Michigan State also.”

Michigan coaches have already been out to see talented youngster on a few different occasions this season and have also hosted him on unofficial visits.  Along the way they’ve laid out for the rising junior how he’d potentially fit in in Ann Arbor.

“Point guard,” Sumner said regarding his likely role.  “Depending on if I grow, I’ll play a combo. They just tell me I have to get bigger and stronger. That’s like the main key right now.”

The point man in Michigan’s pursuit of Sumner is Bacari Alexander.  The Wolverine assistant has definitely made a positive impression.

“I like him,” said Sumner.  “He’s a cool coach. He likes to keep it real. That’s what I like about him.”

“I really like Michigan. I’m probably going to go back up there when I get time.”

“(I’m also) probably going to go back down to Xavier, and U Mass.”

Those visits could prove key since Sumner’s recruitment may reach its conclusion in the not too distant future.

“(A decision will come) probably after high-school season or right in the middle of AAU,” he said.

“I just want a school that has a good basketball program and education program as well.”

To view the video interview Sumner, including highlights of his 25 point performance against Saginaw Arthur Hill, press play below.

Video interview and highlights by Roscoe Hill


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