Friday, August 26, 2005


3/21/05 - DaJuan Summers - Player of the Year

The Baltimore Sun
March 21, 2005 Monday
Pat O'Malley

DaJuan Summers

Summers not only broke out at McDonogh this season, but nationally as well.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward is considered to be one of the top 100 players in the nation by a number of publications and rating services, who also have him ranked in the top 15 at his position.

The spotlight on Summers started shining at the end of last summer when he sparkled at Nike showcase events and with the Cecil-Kirk Amateur Athletic Union team.

Summers followed up his big summer with a standout high school season, leading surprising McDonogh (23-6) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final and a No. 5 ranking in The Sun's final poll.

Averaging 20.4 points with an explosive repertoire of dunks, not to mention a smooth touch from the perimeter, Summers also muscled up in the paint to grab 11.6 rebounds per game. McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan said Summers had the best junior season of anyone who has played for the Eagles in the past 20 years.

Fluid with a loose body and long wing-span, Summers, who had a number of double doubles and several 30-point games this season, can shoot off his dribble and deliver crisp and accurate passes. He also is a threat whether he's facing the basket or has his back to it, and he is a natural at blocking shots.

Summers is the first McDonogh player to be named All-Metro Player of the Year in boys basketball.

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