December 22, 2012

Battle scouts Sumner

Wake Forest's search for a 2014 point guard took Demon Deacon assistant coach Jeff Battle to Detroit where he watched Edmond Sumner score 16 points, grab four rebounds, dish out eight assists, make three steals and block two shots to lead Country Day to an 85-56 win over Pioneer Tuesday, Dec. 11.

"He [Battle] really just checks up on me and sees I'm interested in Wake Forest and lets me know they're very interested," Sumner said.

Sumner, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, hears from Kent State, Massachusetts, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Toledo, Wake Forest and Xavier. He claims scholarship offers from the Golden Flashes, Minutemen and Rockets.

The 6-foot-3 and 165-pound Beverly Hills, Mich. product believes the Demon Deacons, Golden Gophers, Musketeers, Spartans and Wolverines are close to making him scholarship offers.

Sumner said none of the schools he is receiving interest from stand out above the rest.

"Right now I think I'm getting the most love from UMass," Sumner said. "The [UMass] assistant coach with our Family 17-under [team's] coach, so I know him personally. They've been to everything. We call him Smoke, but his real name is Marlon Williamson."

Sumner has also built a strong relationship with the Toledo coaching staff.

He cheered for the Maize and Blue as a kid.

Sumner has taken trips to Kent State, Michigan, Toledo, UMass and Xavier.

"I'm trying to make a visit down to Wake Forest soon," Sumner said. "I talk to Coach [Jeff] Battle a lot."

He is looking for a school that offers a good education along with a successful basketball program. Sumner prefers an up-tempo style of play. He thinks UMass, Michigan and Xavier play that way.

Sumner is looking forward to watching Wake Forest versus Xavier on Wednesday, Jan. 2 on television.

He hopes to choose a school after his final EYBL season and before his senior year begins.

Sumner has played a significant role in Country Day's 6-0 start to the season. He is averaging 15.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and two steals per game.

"Thing are going good," Sumner said. "I think I'm doing real well."

Sumner's size has been to his advantage, enabling him to see and shoot over shorter guards. The 2014 Motor City junior said he is able to create for his teammates and himself.

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