I spoke with basketball coach Andy Kennedy this morning for some magazine work.
As he was breaking down his 2011-2012 team he spent a good deal of time on freshman guard Jarvis Summers.
Summers (6-4, 170) wasn't heavily recruited, but there are some intangibles to his game that could get him on the floor early.
With the return of Dundrecous Nelson and the anticipated arrival of freshmen Ladarius White and Maurice Aniefiok, Kennedy will have three athletic guards who look to score.
But as he works to fill the minutes vacated by departed seniors Chris Warren and Zach Graham, one of Summers' assets may be that he's different from the other three.
“He's a 6-4 pure point guard, a pass first quarterback who has maturity to his game,” Kennedy said. “He's been here for a few weeks now, and we've had the opportunity to be around him. I really like his approach for a young kid, the seriousness about him. He carries himself the way natural leaders do. With the void left by Chris and Zach, he'll compete for minutes from Day 1.”
The early review of Summers has been less a surprise for Kennedy, more a confirmation of the recruiting process and a selling job by Summers' Provine coach, Luther Riley.
“We had a lot of conversations with Luther, and it all led back to this kid being a winner, a worker and serious in his approach. Everything we've seen affirms that.”