Now that the season is over for DaJuan Summers, the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward from McDonough School in Baltimore, Md., has had a chance to take an inventory of his junior season. He's also taking a look at what schools are the most serious with him as he heads into his last go round on the AAU circuit.
Summers, the No. 75 ranked player in the class of 2006 by Rivals.com, went into the season as an improved perimeter player. After helping his McDonough team to a 22-4 record with his 24 points and 12 rebounds per game, Summers feels like he expanded his game both on the court as well as getting mentally tougher.
"I don't like to lose. I don't think anybody does but I think we had a pretty good season," Summers said. "(Watching the playoffs instead of playing) makes me want to play harder next year instead of sitting around and supporting my friends that are still playing."
As a power forward with wing skills, Summers said he tried to expand his game more on the perimeter this season.
"I wanted to focus on that in my junior year. I was pretty much playing in the post but I wasn't sure if I'd grow any more of not so I decided to come out and play more on the wing. I figured I'd probably do that at the next level so why not start on that part of my game now," Summers said. "I felt like I did good. It helped my game out a lot and it's something I'm going to keep working on until I get (to college)."
And colleges are trying to get Summers early, too. College coaches were allowed to call juniors for the first time on March 1. Summers said Boston College and Georgetown were amongst the first to make the call. The Hoyas are no stranger in Summers' recruitment. They've been out to several games this season. So have Maryland and West Virginia stopped by for a practice.
Summers said his top schools are in the ACC and the Big East.
"I'd have to say the most aggressive schools recruiting me right now are Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgetown," Summers said. "Georgetown has always been there. I talk to the coaches there a lot. I'll give them a call or they will be in touch with my coach. The same thing with Wake and Maryland. They are really showing a lot of interest."
Still with no offers, Summers will certainly be a guy that plays himself into a number of free rides. The juniors said he will play with Cecil Kirk AAU this spring and summer. In between events, Summers said he will take the SAT and then look at making plans for any kind of visits.