Good Will Cummings

Will Cummings knows he might have to wait his turn until taking a significant role with the Temple men's basketball team. The Owls' lone incoming freshman will be competing with five other guards who were part of the rotation a year ago. But the lightning-quick point guard feels he has skills that can help Temple this season before he will likely start running the show as a sophomore.

Will Cummings knows he might have to wait his turn until taking a significant role with the Temple men's basketball team.

The Owls' lone incoming freshman will be competing with five other guards who were part of the rotation a year ago. But the lightning-quick point guard feels he has skills that can help Temple this season before he will likely start running the show as a sophomore.

"As a sophomore (at Providence) High School (in Jacksonville, Fla.), I was pretty much playing a role," said Cummings, who is 6-foot-1, 165 pounds. "I was playing with Patric Young (now at Florida) and Stacey Poole (now at Kentucky). I was subbing in, subbing out.

"It wasn't until later in my career I was asked to lead the team in scoring, so I have no problem playing a role. I'm ready for whatever they want me to do when I get up there. I'll be on call."

Dunphy noted Cummings' greatest attribute is speed, and the coach also admitted that's an area the Owls lack. Outside of Ramone Moore, most of the Owls' other guards are predominantly jump shooters.

"(Speed) is my biggest strength, and last season Temple didn't have a lot of guys with quickness to get to the basket," said Cummings. "It's a different dynamic I can bring, and I can also bring the pressure on the defensive end. That's an aspect I take pride in, both on the ball and getting steals. I set my school's record for steals all-time and in a single game."

Cummings carried a reputation as a true point guard into this past season, but with his former teammates playing in the SEC he raised his offensive game and averaged 18 points to go along with eight assists.

A jumper that had been considered lacking by many started to become credible.

"I've been developing everything like crazy, but the jumper in particular," said Cummings. "I can't even tell you how many jumpers I've been taking.

"I want to prove people wrong who say I don't have a mid-range game. In my high school career, I never had to use that pull-up jumper. I could always get to the basket."

Cummings feels he flashed his potential in last summer's Peach Jam Tournament in South Carolina, playing with many of the country's top recruits.

"I had the highest shooting percentage there, and there was no way I was getting to the basket for a clean look," said Cummings. "I think I developed from a true point guard to a scoring point guard the summer before my senior year."

Cummings has also been an excellent student at Providence where he carries a GPA over 4.0.

"My parents drilled that in me back in elementary school," said Cummings. "There was no basketball unless the academics were taken carry of. I can't even remember what it was, an assignment I missed or something and there was no basketball practice. From then on, I made sure I had my academics in order."

Cummings knows Owls' redshirt freshman center Anthony Lee well as they both were recruited out of the Sunshine State and played on the same AAU team — but not at the same time. Cummings said he talked to Lee last week and the center was doing well in his recovery from back surgery, and they are looking forward to finally becoming teammates.

Enrolled in the second summer session at Temple, Cummings said he'll be coming north on June 29. He may play in the Delaware County Pro-Am League, but his summer basketball plans haven't been finalized.

All he knows is he can't wait to get to Philadelphia.

"I'm out of school now and I'm just relaxing," said Cummings. "Every day I'm just marking a day off the calendar until it's time to leave."

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