Georgetown nets area star Summers

High School

November 09, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

DaJuan Summers, The Sun 's Metro Boys Basketball Player of the Year last season from McDonogh, committed at the end of the summer to Georgetown and will make it official today by signing a national letter of intent.

"After several unofficial visits to Georgetown, I was very convinced in the middle of the summer that was the right school for me," said the 6-foot-9, 225-pound small forward who rose from being a top 100 player to the nation's top 20.

"They are like a family there and I Iike that, so does my mom [Twana]."

Summers said his final four included Maryland, Wake Forest and Connecticut and he chose Georgetown in part because of the people he hung out with this summer.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Thompson [John III] and his father [former Hoyas coach John Thompson]," said Summers.

"It was great after watching Coach Thompson all those years on TV and his son is a lot like him."

Summers is one of a host of area athletes expected to sign national letters of intent today as the two-week early signing period begins.

Summers, the first Mc- Donogh player to be named All-Metro Player of the Year in boys basketball, is coming off what former coach Matt MacMullan said was the best season any Eagle has had in the past 20 years.

Averaging 20.4 points and 11.6 rebounds, Summers led the Eagles (23-6) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final and The Sun 's No. 5 ranking.

"We're really excited about DaJuan and Georgetown because it's an unbelievable academic institution where he will get a great education," said Donta Evans, who was elevated from assistant coach when MacMullan had to step down because of increased administrative duties at McDonogh.

"DaJuan should fit in well in their Princeton-style offense."

Summers, who has a variety of backboard-shaking dunks and can shoot from the outside and pass and defend, says he expects "to score a lot of points in their Princeton offense."

Boys lacrosse

The Johns Hopkins defending national champions will get the signatures of three returning Sun All-Metro players in Severna Park goalkeeper Mike Gvozden, Boys' Latin attackman Chris Boland and Loyola attackman Mike Kimmel.

All three committed to the Blue Jays during their junior seasons.

A three-time All-Anne Arundel County selection and the recipient of the WYNN Award as Maryland's top high school keeper, Gvozden stopped over 70 percent of the shots taken at him and had 177 saves, giving him over 600 for his career.

Boland, a two-time All-Metro and high school All-American, had 43 goals and 56 assists in leading the Lakers to the MIAA A Conference final, an 18-2 record and The Sun's No. 2 ranking.

Kimmel led last year's Dons to a No. 3 ranking with 37 goals and 48 assists.

Baseball

Calvert Hall catcher Joe Velleggia (.485, 11 homers, 18 doubles, 52 RBIs) and Dulaney outfielder Steve Bumbry (.434, seven homers, 33 runs, 39 RBIs and 32 stolen bases) will sign with Old Dominion and Virginia Tech, respectively.

Bumbry is the son of former Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry. According to Orioles scout Dean Albany, "Steve is an excellent hitter who is only going to get better."

Catonsville left-hander Neal Davis, who struck out 128 in 65 1/3 innings, will sign with Virginia.

Girls lacrosse

2005 All-Metro Player of the Year Megan Bosica will sign with North Carolina.

One of the nation's top recruits, Bosica led No. 1 Mount Hebron to a ninth straight state title last spring, extending its winning streak to 79 games. The past two years, the midfielder has won the Heather Leigh Albert Award as the top schoolgirl player in the US Lacrosse Women's Division national tournament.

patomalleysports@aol.com

Sun reporter Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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