Summers To Make MSU His Home

After hardly being able to catch his breath from the exhilaration of gaining a verbal from guard Chris Allen, Izzo was sweeped off his feet with the verbal of yet another high profile recruit as shooting guard Durrell Summers has decided to make MSU his home.

Okemos,MI-GSN recruiting report:Almost in domino fashion, things are falling into place for the Spartans in basketball recruiting for 2007. Everyone also knows that before a glorious "fall" season, you need a hot "summer" to proceed it.

MSU got just that, as Durrell Summers, a hot shooting guard from Covenant High School in Redford (MI), has fallen in the lap of the Spartans after the verbals of point guard Kalin Lucas, and shooting guard Chris Allen.

All three players made it no secret of the desire to play with one another and now that dream has become a reality. Summers had this to say about his committment, "Tommorrow I will be making a soft committment to MSU, but then in a few days and no longer than a week, I'll set up a press conference (for a solid verbal)."

When asked if another school, like Syracuse, could over take MSU for his services, he replied, "No, not really."

He told Scout.coms Dave Telep why he picked MSU. "I basically looked at how I fit in 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."

Summers, at 6-foot-4 and 180-pounds, is a different player than Allen, and yet compliments him well. While Allen is more of a pure shooter and just beginning to show his strength as a creator, Summers has always has the ability to slash to the basketball with great athleticism and dunk the basketball.

Durell, who averages 27 points and double-digits in rebounds this year, can create for others, shoot from the perimeter out to 22-feet, and more importantly, is a legit scorer-capable of putting up a lot of points in a variety of ways when he is on and hot. He is also an above average rebounder. Last year Summers averaged 14.7 points on a balanced team.

Of course, he comes by his creativity naturally, as his grandfather played for the Harlem Globetrotters. His ability to finish at the basket and hit from the outside impressed scouts. His eruption athe 2005 Nike Camp drew everyones attention.

He has been compared to Maurice Ager, Kobe Bryant (his favorite player), Tracy McGrady, and Luther Head, but Summers is grounded. He knows he needs to be more assertive at times, become a better defender, and shoot better off the dribble. Yet, the good news is, these are things he's willing to work on. Especially since he is a unselfish and team-oriented type of player. Also, Summers does a good job of letting the game come to him, but can be too laid back at times. So he is working on getting a little more aggressive and physically stronger. This should come for a kid like Durell, who is very coachable.

Summers is rated a 5-star player by Scout.com, and had all the top teams in the country after him, however, the teams that recruited him the hardest included Syracuse, North Carolina, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Connecticut, and Michigan.

Things should be exciting when this trio hits for the floor in Spartan green. Visions of Lucas bringing the ball up floor on the break and dishing to Allen for a bomb ala Maurice Ager, or to Summers for a slash and dunk ala Shannon Brown, will be enticing for Spartan fans.

Stayed tuned to GoSpartans.net for more exciting recruiting updates.

Scout.com's Dave Telep contributed to this story.


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