clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Linking Laconically is trying to stay out of Durrell Summers' head

New, 3 comments
Not a slam dunk decision.
Not a slam dunk decision.

Nonlaconic Durrell Summers Nonupdate

The news that JaJuan Johnson and Demetri McCamey are planning to put their names in the NBA Draft increases the total number of Big Ten underclassmen (all of them juniors) formally exploring the draft to five.  Evan Turner, Manny Harris, and Talor Battle are other three.  Turner and Harris are the only two players that appear certain to stay in the draft.  The ultimate decisions made by Johnson and McCamey will have a pretty big impact on the quality of Big Ten play at the top of the league in 2011.

There's been no news of any sort (at least from the news sources this blogger follows) in recent days regarding Durrell Summers' decision making process about putting his name in the draft.  Here are the key dates leading up to the NBA Draft:

April 25 - NBA Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
April 29 - NBA Teams can conduct or attend workouts with Early Entrants
May 8 - NCAA Early Entrant Withdrawal Deadline

May 18 - 2010 NBA Draft Lottery (Madison Square Garden, NYC)
May 19-23 - NBA Draft Combine (Chicago, IL)
June 5-7 - adidas Eurocamp (Treviso, IT)
June 14 - NBA Draft Early Entrant (International players) Withdrawal Deadline (5:00 p.m. ET)
June 24 - NBA Draft (Madison Square Garden, NYC)

So Summers has almost two more weeks to decide whether to put his name in the mix.  If he does, he'll have another two weeks after that during which he can withdraw from the draft.

I've avoided blogging about this topic for the last week because it's hard to talk about an early entry decision without speculating about a player's motives and personal situation, which I am loathe to do.  At this point, I'll simply offer up my amateur scouting report: Summers has shown he can do two things very, very well: shoot jumpshots off passes and rebound the ball.  (He's also shown he can dunk the ball with authority, of course, but nearly every NBA shooting guard prospect can do that.)

I have a hard time envisioning Summers getting drafted in the first round and getting the guaranteed contract that comes with that.  Another year of college ball to work on shooting consistency, ball-handling, and defense would seem like the best route.  But I don't follow the NBA all that closely, so I can't say I have any real idea what NBA general managers look for these days.  It's possible that Summers' impressive run in the NCAA Tournament as the #1 perimeter scoring option has put him on GMs' radars.  (Also, there's the potential 2011 NBA lockout factor, but that seems to be offset by the glut of underclassmen declaring for the draft this year.)

Anyway, I certainly don't begrudge any college basketball player taking the option to explore his potential opportunities at the next level.  The only thing would alarm me would be if Summers signed with an agent before the deadline to withdraw his name, as that would seem like a sign he was placing more weight on an agent's opinion than on Tom Izzo's.

I think I just crossed the speculating-about-motives line, so I'll end there.

(Final note: I'm working under the assumption that Kalin Lucas' injury situation precludes any serious exploration of the draft on his part.  But stranger things have happened.  Again, best to wait for hard news and/or the deadline to pass IMO.)