ESPN.com has confirmed that Northfield-Mt. Hermon junior power forward Evan Cummins has verbally committed to Harvard University for the fall of 2012.
"Officially committed to Harvard University! Wanna thank my family, friends and @NMHbasketball for helping me get to where I am today," he wrote tonight on his Twitter account.
Cummins, a Westborough native who re-classified following his sophomore season at Westborough High and subsequent transfer, is the first Class of 2012 commit for Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker. Cummins was also considering Providence, UMass, St. Joseph's, Davidson, Richmond, Penn, Florida Atlantic and Boston University. The Ivy League does not recognize National Letters of Intent.
Could he be a steal? Cummins is currently rated a two-star prospect in ESPN's database, but is considered to have a high ceiling:
Cummins is a talented young four-man who is just starting to realize his potential. He is long and active with a strong motor, has gotten much stronger within the last year, and developed into a consistent face-up shooter from 16 feet and in. He has good hands and feet inside the paint, a pretty high basketball I.Q. for a big player, and is a very good high post passer.
Cummins still needs to develop his offensive arsenal with his back to the basket, and establish a go-tomove in the low post. While he will show flashes of being able to turn either shoulder, he only finishes plays with his right hand at the moment. His toughness can be a little inconsistent inside the paint as he gets adjusted to playing against a high level of physical competition. While Cummins is light on his feet, he would be a more efficient runner if he learned to stride out more.
While Cummins has improved greatly within the last year, he is really just beginning to blossom and projects to continue to improve at a consistent rate as he further develops his skills, add weight to his frame, and acquire more experience competing at a high level.