Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy has often talked about wanting more scoring from Jarvis Summers.
Summers, now a junior, truly has a throwback mentality as a point guard. It’s all about distribution. He prides himself in that role to the point that looking to score doesn’t seem to come easily.
Maybe that will change a little after his opening-night performance with a career-high 28 points against Troy.
Here’s what Summers had to say after last Friday’s game.
The Rebels are off this week until Saturday when their second game of the season is also their first road game.
Marshall Henderson will make his return, and Summers will go back to the point. He started at shooting guard alongside Derrick Millinghaus at point in the opener against Troy.
Summers was on fire in the first half with 22 points, 4-for-4 from 3-point range. He finished 5-for-10 from the arc.
The first half was not something I’d seen from Summers before. You can talk about scoring, but it’s not easy to flip a switch and make it happen.
Jarvis Summers is smooth with the ball, but he doesn’t have the quickness of some other players. That doesn’t mean you can’t get off good shots, but it does mean you have to pick your spots.
Summers chose well on opening night against a team that was 12-21 a year ago and has a new coach.
The Rebels need him — need someone — to develop into a dependable scoring option alongside Henderson. They will need Henderson to be a more efficient offensive player this season, and that may be harder for him because he doesn’t have the help of that experienced frontcourt that he did last season.
Summers got off to a great start in the opener. Maybe that can jump start him to become a more assertive offensive player.
Saturday night the Rebels face a Coastal Carolina team that lost 72-63 at Arkron in its opener then won 76-49 against Guilford last night.
The Rebels will need to guard on the perimeter because Coastal will jack it up.
The Chanticleers were 6-for-14 from 3-point range at Akron and 7-for-27 last night.