Summers Taking His Time

The state of Michigan will produce at least three big time wing players in the Class of 2007. Alex Legion is headed to Michigan, Darquavis Tucker is undecided and so is Durrell Summers, a 6-foot-3 junior from DePorres.

Darquavis Tucker. Alex Legion. Durrell Summers.

All from the state of Michigan. All members of the junior class and all ranked among the Top 20 players in the country. Pretty fertile recruiting ground from Detroit to Saginaw in 2007.

Summers, a 6-foot-3 wing out of St. Martin DePorres in Detroit, says a healthy, competitive camaraderie exists between the trio.

"It's kind of hard to explain," Summers said. "We all like to see each other play and we talk about the games and if we have to play against each other we're friends before and after but on the court we just play. We don't take anything to heart. We never get mad; we're just trying to win."

Of the three, one is already spoken for. This fall, Legion pledged his allegiance to the Michigan Wolverines. Summers, who has his own big time list of suitors, wasn't phased by Legion's pledge.

"I talked to him and he said that he did it so he didn't have to worry about it during the season. By me waiting, I won't have to worry about it until after the season. It's kind of the same."

At this juncture, Summers said that Syracuse, Miami, Connecticut, Kentucky and Michigan State were pursuing him the hardest. "I would say those are really the hardest, hardest right now," Summers said.

Michigan is in the picture and still recruiting him but with Legion in the fold, Summers says that might be a tall order.

"I would say (his commitment) kind of hurts (Michigan). We play the same position. I would rather play against him. We've got almost the same kind of game."

Summers has the kind of game that lends itself to evolving into a premier points scorer at a high level program. A break out summer in which his athleticism and scoring potential were on full display has led the increased recruiting attention. However, all the letters, emails and cards won't keep him from staying focused on the task at hand.

Summers admits to thinking about his recruitment some, but not nearly enough to make a decision. "(I think about it) a little bit but I try not too. That would be too much to focus on the season and think about that."

"What's really important is where I feel comfortable and being with people that are going to tell me the truth. I need to know what I'm looking forward to. I want a coach that's on me so I can continually get better. I really want someone to push me and work me hard. And playing time; you work hard, you get playing time."

Summers says he doesn't have a leader. When it comes time to make a decision, he'll have plenty of folks to call up and extract advice from. His grandfather played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

"He tells me that (basketball is) a lot more creative and guys were stronger. He said that's how it is now. Back then he said guys were skinny and the game was more basic. He said it's still fun. They said they paved the way for some of the moves we do now."

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