2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (EDMOND SUMNER)

2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

EDMOND SUMNER

COLLEGE: XAVIER

HEIGHT: 6’5″

WEIGHT: 180 POUNDS

POSITION: POINT GUARD/SHOOTING GUARD

CLASS: SOPHOMORE

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION:    LATE LOTTERY TO NUMBER 20

PLAYER SUMMARY: Xavier head coach Chris Mack has done an excellent job in his 8 years as the Musketeers head coach. Last season, he led his team to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, before losing to Wisconsin, 73-66. A big part of that teams success was combo guard, Edmond Sumner.

We were very surprised with how well the former 4-star prospect played as a freshmen and he has continued his good play as a sophomore, as Xavier is currently a top 20 team with high expectations. He forms with fellow guard Trevon Bluiett to form not only one of the better back-courts in the Big East but the whole country.

Sumner has ideal size for either the PG or SG position. He is transitioning into being a full-time point guard and the results have been promising. He has the innate ability to get to the rim when he wants to and although he is on the lean side, he can absorb contact and finish.

When watching his film and also live, he shows very good quickness and has great length, which makes us think he can become a very good defender in the future. He has shown improved decision making and passing during his sophomore campaign, which is critical for a PG.

The wiry Michigan native is an above average shooter and it shows in his stats. Last year he shot 39% from the field, however, he has it up to around 48% now. He will need to continue to improve his 3-point and overall shooting in order to keep defenders honest or they will play off him and stop his ability to drive and create for others. What we like the most about Sumner is that he can impact the game in multiple areas. He is averaging close to 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game, which shows his activity on both ends of the court.

Gaining weight and strength is imperative for Sumner if he is going to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft this year, which we believe he will. He is still maturing into his body and it needs to fill out before he can play significant NBA minutes, in our opinion. He will also need to cut down on the turnovers, although as previously stated, he is improving his decision making.

We like the overall package that Edmond Sumner provides. He is not a finished product by any means, which gives NBA teams the ability to project him. He offers great size for the PG position, which is the position he will most likely play in the NBA. He is a tantalizing prospect and his play the rest of the college season and during individual workouts should go a long way into where he is selected on draft night. If Sumner declares for this years NBA Draft, he is a first round pick, which will have a few potential superstars available at the point guard position.

 UPDATE ON 1-30-17: Sumner tore his acl and will miss the rest of the season.

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF EDMOND SUMNER

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