EuroCup standouts: Will Cummings

May 15, 2020 by Print
EuroCup standouts: Will Cummings

Will Cummings may not have had a lot of big moments during the 2017-18 7DAYS EuroCup season, but the guard delivered when it counted most and helped Darussafaka Istanbul complete a magical run by hoisting the trophy. Playing his debut campaign on the international stage, Cummings put together two of his best games of the season in the two-game Finals sweep of his current team, Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar.

Cummings first played in Europe in 2015-16 with a brief stint in Italy with Trento before playing in 2016-17 with Greek side Aris Thessaloniki and averaging 14.5 points. He joined Darussafaka for the 2017-18 campaign and showed glimpses of that scoring prowess during the regular season, scoring 21 points against Fiat Turin in Round 4 and then pouring in 22 against the same team in Round 9 before picking up 16 points versus MoraBanc Andorra in Round 10.

Cummings, who was 25 years old during the championship season, was not used as much in the following stages, scoring more than 8 points just once in the Top 16, quarterfinals and semifinals - including just 3 points combined in 10:34 minutes over two games with a minus-1 PIR in the semifinals against FC Bayern Munich.

But Cummings proved the secret weapon in the Finals against Lokomotiv, coming off the bench and totaling 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for a PIR of 25 in a thrilling 78-81 overtime win in Game 1. Cummings stepped up with 4 points, 2 steals and 1 assist in the extra session. In almost 30 minutes off the bench, he was the only player than Scottie Wilbekin to score in double figures. Cummings, who won Finals Game 1 MVP honors for his performance, hit 8 of 18 shots after taking just 12 shots combined in the quarters and semis. In Game 2 back at home, Cummings delivered once again off the bench with 10 points on 4-of-9 shots to go with 3 rebounds and 1 assist in 19 minutes - once again as the only other player in double figures scoring besides Finals MVP Wilbekin.

Cummings had saved the best for last and helped Darussafaka become the second Turkish team to win the competition, after Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul in the 2015-16 season - while etching his name in EuroCup history.