DaJuan Summers: 6-8, 243, SF, Jr. (Georgetown University)
Draft rank: #42
SF rank: #10
Very solid stand still three point shooter. Has the size to play the three in the NBA. Very strong. When he gets going to the rim he can finish at the rim extremely well. Has good mechanics on his shooting stroke that will allow him to extend his range to the three point line. Has a great wing span. Has the ability to rise up and shoot over smaller defenders. When he does decide to take the ball to the hoop he does have good touch and uses the glass to his advantage. Has the strength and size to be able to take a blow and still get his shot off for and 1 opportunities. Has very good body control that allows him to maneuver through traffic and finish in the paint. In the mid-range game he has a nice jab step that he can use to create space and rise into his jumper.
Settles for jump shots rather than attacking the rim. Often plays lazy on both ends of the floor. It is pretty hard to explain how he wasn’t a more efficient and dominant player in college. Doesn’t make his teammates better. Is not a good passer. Turns the ball over way too much for a wing. Hasn’t progressed or improved different elements of his game in his three years at Georgetown. Should be a better re-bounder. Doesn’t seem to care about winning. Is very stagnant on offense and doesn’t move without the basketball or make himself a target for his teammates. Doesn’t do a good job of slashing to the hoop when off the ball and often is content with standing in place and waiting for the ball to come to him. Doesn’t have good explosiveness around the hoop. Doesn’t post up against smaller players or when he has a mismatch. Doesn’t have a good feel for the game.
He has yet to live up to his potential. He plays a style of basketball that is selfish and I worry that this will continue at the next level. He didn’t show leadership when his team was struggling this year and I don’t think he has the work ethic to become an NBA player. Does he really have the desire to do what the team needs to win? I really think that he is more concerned with his stat line. He has all of the skills that you look for in a 3, but I think mentally he isn’t there and that will make or break him to make it to the NBA. Often gets frustrated with teammates and sulks rather than helping them and bringing positive energy to the game.
Comparison: Ira Newble, 6-7, 220, SF
It’s rare that I write more weaknesses than strengths in regards to an NBA draft prospect, but I just can’t bring myself to falling for Dajuan Summers. Sure he has the tools to be a productive small forward with his combination of size, touch and athleticism but there are so many negatives that come with Summers as well. The guy was a problem for an underwhelming Georgetown squad and he just doesn’t understand how to use his God given talents to become the best player he can be.
Summers lives on the perimeter despite the fact that he could have often taken advantage of his size and length in the paint. The NBA combine proved what we already knew. Summers has all of the physical tools to compete in the NBA. But, there have been plenty of physically gifted players who haven’t been able to find a home in the NBA. Guys like James White, Rodney White, Reece Gaines, Luke Jackson, and Kirk Snyder come to mind as players who had the talent to play in the NBA but could never really find a home for many reasons.
What I am trying to say is that Summers may be an NBA talent, but there is more that goes into being in the NBA then just talent. He will really have to prove that he is more mature then what he showed at Georgetown and will have to work on his game to really develop a nice niche for himself. I’ll believe it when I see it.