DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Indiana Pacers
About Edmond Sumner
Sumner’s season, and his career at Xavier, ended abruptly on Jan. 29 when he suffered an ACL injury against St. John’s. His statistics before he went down in that game underscored how important he was to the team—17 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Big things were expected of Sumner; he was a preseason first-team All-Big East pick, was on the watch list for national player-of-the-year honors (John R. Wooden, Naismith) and was on the Lute Olson Award watch list (given to the top player in Division I who has played at least two years). He was also on the Bob Cousy Award (nations’ top point guard) watch list.
- Hard to keep out of the lane
- Can rise up and finish at the rim
- Good size for a point guard
- Good passer
- Effective scorer in transition
- Rebounds his position
- How will he recover from injuries (ACL, torn labrum)?
- Not a great perimeter shooter
- Needs to bump up free throw percentage
- Has to get bigger
- Decision-making can be tightened
NBA projection: Sumner has been projected as a second-round pick.
Sumner’s season was injury plagued, to say the least, given that he was already dealing with a torn labrum when he blew out his knee against St. John’s in late January. That finished him off. He played in just 21 games, but was still second on the team in scoring and third in assists and managed to get to the free-throw line 136 times, third among Xavier players.
Key statistics: 15.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.7 tpg, 1.3 spg, 33.1 mpg, .479 FG, .273 3PT, .735 FT
Career Highlights: A unanimous selection by the league coaches to the Big East Conference All-Freshman Team. Earned 2015-16 freshman All-American honors from CollegeInsider.com. Chosen for numerous preseason accolades as a sophomore. Named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Preseason Top 50 Watch List and Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List. Selected for the Bob Cousy Award top 20 watch list, an honor which annually recognizes the nation’s top point guard. Dubbed preseason First Team All-Big East by the league coaches.
Cool statistic: In late December, Sumner handed out a career-high nine assists (with zero turnovers) against Eastern Washington.
Reminds me of: Kris Dunn
What Insiders Say
Xavier coach Chris Mack
“End to end, he's as fast as any guard in our league. He has such a burst in the way that he plays. He's a challenge for any defensive player to keep in front of him.”
What Outsiders Say
Villanova coach Jay Wright
“Edmund Sumner is one of the top talents in the country. With the shooting [Xavier has] around him, he’s virtually unstoppable. You’ve got to kind of keep him under control; that’s probably the best you can do.”
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