By Liz Clarke
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
On the heels of its most disappointing season since the arrival of Coach John Thompson III, Georgetown has lost leading scorer DaJuan Summers, who plans to skip his senior season and declare for the NBA draft.
Thompson announced Summers's decision yesterday afternoon.
"We wish DaJuan all the best in his future endeavors, wherever they may take him," Thompson said in a statement released by the university. "He informed me that he is closing the book on his college career and focusing fully on the opportunity to play professionally."
Summers, a junior forward, is in the process of picking an agent and could not be reached to comment.
Summers (6 feet 8, 236 pounds) averaged 13.6 points per game this season, but his play lagged down the stretch, as did the team's.
Georgetown (16-15) finished 12th in the Big East and was overlooked for an NCAA tournament berth just two years after advancing to the Final Four. The Hoyas ended their campaign with a 74-72 loss to Baylor in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.
Summers's departure leaves the Hoyas without a senior starter next season as they attempt to reclaim a place among the top half of the Big East.
Summers said in February that he planned to return for his senior season. Thompson said the two would discuss what was in his best interest at season's end.
Apparently that is forgoing his senior year.
Donta Evans, who coached Summers at Baltimore's McDonogh High, said the decision took him by surprise.
"I don't really worry about whether it was the right decision or wrong decision," Evans said. "I just know that DaJuan is a great kid, a really hard worker and has the potential to play at that level. Hopefully he'll end up where he wants to end up."
Summers scored 1,129 points during his Georgetown career but achieved his career high in points (24), rebounds (14) and assists (five) as a sophomore.