2006 Focus: DaJuan Summers

DaJuan Summers, a junior out of McDonough High is a big time player. However, he's still not the most recognizable figure in his own household.

There's a pretty good debate going on at the Summers household these days. The topic: which Summers sibling gets more ink? Is it DaJuan Summers, the 6-foot-8 junior forward who was the Baltimore Sun player of the week already once this year or is it Regina Summers, the No. 2 debater on the east coast who has already been on "60 Minutes"?

"Whatever [Regina] does, he wants to do it a little better," Twana Summers, DaJuan's mother said.

The Owings Mills (Md.) McDonough standout is getting it done this season to the tune of 24 points a game with a high of 31. Summers, who prefers to play on the perimeter, is getting a dose of the inside game at McDonough where, because he's the biggest guy on the floor, plays down low.

"I'm more comfortable at the 3 spot," Summers said. "I'm being recruited as a small forward." Summers will probably pull double duty in college on the inside and perimeter so it's beneficial that he's getting experience at both slots. However, he continues to work on the skill development aspect that comes with playing outside.

"We do ball handling and in practices," Summers said, "and I'll work out with the guards some days. We run a motion offense so I'll play a little bit on the wings."

It's too early to formulate a list for Summers, but plenty are showing interest. Georgetown was in last weekend to see him play. West Virginia and Maryland have been in recently as well. Connecticut was supposed to come watch but had a scheduling conflict that day.

"I'm getting a lot of looks from the ACC and Big East schools," Summers said. "I'm open to all the colleges. I haven't sat down and thought about my top choices."

Like most kids these days, Summers wants an offensive system designed to move up and down the court swiftly. "I like a team that runs. I don't like set offenses and half court that slow it down. I think I have an advantage on most guys because I'm quicker so I'll like colleges that play like that."


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