Summers Makes Winter Decision

Durrell Summers couldn't resist. As record numbers of juniors reach early decisions, Summers joined the ranks of the committed on Thursday.

Call it want you want – hard verbal or a soft verbal – but the bottom line is that Durrell Summers, one of the nation's elite shooting guards, plans to play at Michigan State in the fall of 2007.

"Tomorrow I'm supposedly making a soft verbal and maybe a few days later, no longer than a week, I'll set up a press conference," Summers told Scout.com.

His commitment, the second of the day for the Spartans and 3rd overall, guarantees Tom Izzo an elite level recruiting class in 2007.

Summers, who might attend a game in East Lansing this weekend, defined a "soft verbal" and what it means. "It's basically letting the school know what I'm going to do. I'll call the coaches and they'll want me to announce it to everyone at the conference I guess."

Could anyone, namely Syracuse, the other school in the mix, wedge its way past Michigan State. "No, not really," Summers said.

The 6-foot-4 Summers is averaging 27 points and double-digit rebounds at Redford (Mich.) Covenant this year. He was outstanding on the circuit last summer and played extremely well at the Nike All-American Camp, earning Scout.com's No. 13 overall ranking in the junior class.

"Scoring, that's the strength," Summers said when asked about his game. "I can shoot well outside and I can get to the basket. I'm athletic and I'll work on my defense. I rebound well. I'm really a natural scorer in any kind of way – inside or outside."

Izzo worked Summers as a primary recruiting target and eventually Summers agreed, East Lansing was the spot for him.

"I basically looked at how I fit into their system. I looked at the great coaching staff and all the love they showed me and the atmosphere they have and it's the best place for me."

Michigan State committed Chris Allen, a riser in the Class of 2007 rankings, earlier Thursday morning. Summers is the 22nd junior in Scout.com's present Top 50 to commit early.


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