While many observers of the Mountaineer basketball scene had all but handed the starting center position to Jamie Smalligan, returning veteran Rob Summers knew he wouldn't be giving up his playing time without a fight.
After a year in the West Virginia
program, it was apparent that Summers wouldn't be the focal point of the offense, so he took advice from the coaching staff to heart. This year's team needs to make up the loss of last year's three-popint brigade in other ways, and a couple of those were right up Summers' alley. Told that playing time would be available for guys who can hustle, save plays, gather rebounds and play defense, the senior center took the advice to heart.
Against Mount St. Mary's, Summers didn't score, but he snared seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end, and also tipped a couple other balls to keep them alive and get second chances for the Mountaineer offense. Summers also had two assists and two blocked shots as he provided precisely some of the things the coaching staff was looking for.
In this exclusive interview, Summers tells BlueGoldNews.com about his play on the offensive boards and the importance the coaches place on hustle stats.