Three-star class of 2014 guard Edmond Sumner has been one of the hottest names on the spring AAU circuit while competing in the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League. His play has garnered significant recruiting attention with interest coming in from new schools, including the high-majors in his home state Michigan and Michigan State.
Over the weekend though, the talented 6-foot-4 combo guard from Detroit decided to end the process, and was loyal to the school who showed him the most love early on in his recruitment. After visiting the campus last Sunday, Sumner made the announcement seven days later that he will attend Xavier and play for Coach Mack and the Musketeers in 2014.
"Last week we took the campus tour. What I really like was the smaller classes," Sumner said. "It reminded me of my school now, Detroit Country Day, because I really like that I have a good relationship with all of my teachers and they know me personally."
Assistant coach Travis Steele, the lead recruiter for Sumner, was the first college coach to actually start recruiting Sumner, and the early leg work paid off. The Musketeers were on him heavy from the beginning, and as his stock began to rise as a prospect, they never had to turn the heat up. They offered on January 8, and received a commitment just about four months later.
"(Coach Steele) was the one that sealed it," Sumner said about his commitment. "He just told me how much he can develop me as a player, and how much better I can get at Xavier."
Sumner added that talking to a few current Musketeers also helped sell him on his future school.
"I had talked to Semaj (Christon) and Jalen (Reynolds) about Xavier, and they said the coaches take care of you, and they give you the freedom on the court to make plays."
Sumner chose Xavier over Massachusetts, another school that had recruited him heavily early on, but Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Detroit, Toledo, Kent State and others were all in the mix.
"Xavier was just a better fit for me. Both my parents liked Xavier - both the academic side and the style of play," Sumner said.
The talented combo guard from Detroit Country Day opened up eyes during the high school season, and that momentum carried over into the first few weekends of the spring. During the evaluation period when coaches were allowed to attend AAU tournaments and evaluate prospects, Sumner really picked up his play. He led his AAU team, "The Family," with 12.7 points and 4.4 assists per game during the events in Hampton and California. He's also connected from beyond the arc at a 40 percent clip, making 20-of-50 3-point attempts.
During his high school season, Sumner helped lead Detroit Country Day to its ninth overall state title, as the Yellowjackets beat out Detroit Community in the Class B state championship game. Sumner was a huge part of the teams' success all year, and finished with 13 points in the state finals, after leading the team with 30 points and six steals in the state semifinals. He was later named to the All-State Class B First Team, finishing the season with averages of 16.3 points and 5.9 assists per game.
Country Day head coach Kurt Keener had this to say about him after he won the award: "Ed was our on-the-court leader; he has that offensive spark. He's good at not only creating his own offense, but creating offense for other players as well. We're going to ask him to step up even more next year."
Sumner is the second commitment in the 2014 class. The Musketeers received a commitment from Melvin Swift, a forward out of Yates High School in Houston, Texas on November 8.