Durrell Summers is a 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard who hails from Detroit Redford Covenant High School.
Tom Izzo said at media day that he is the best athlete on the team, as he showed some of what he is capable of at Midnight Madness.
The kind of game that Summers brings to the court is world class athleticism, incredible dunking ability, hanging in the air playing above the rim basketball, strong in the open court, and a solid outside shot that is rapidly improving.
One of his greatest strengths as a player is his offensive rebounding ability, which instantly makes him a perfect player for a Tom Izzo coached team that is always at the top of that category.
Additionally, what Summers brings to the court is the intangibles, meaning that aside from his actual basketball skills, he can be a spark for the MSU team and the home crowd, much like Marquise Gray was able to do many times last season.
Along with newcomer Chris Allen, the Spartans will definitely see their share of slam dunks and energetic plays during games, so the Breslin Center should be ready to sound proof the entire arena.
What people saw from Summers at Midnight Madness was just a first look at his dunking ability as well as his outside shot.
As a prep star, Summers was named the 2007 Associated Press Class D Player of the Year in Michigan.
Averaging 34.5 points, 16.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals as a senior at Redford Covenant, Summers was also selected to the 2007 Detroit News All-State Dream Team.
"Midnight madness was fun, we got to gel as a team, we've been doing what we have to do to get ready for the season," said Summers.
Summers showed his versatile inside and outside game, which will pose major problems for teams trying to guard him this season.
"I'm just working hard and I do what I know I can do," said Summers. "It is fun and exciting and I am just ready to start this season."
Overall, Summers is expected to see major minutes this season as a freshman and should provide a major contribution to MSU basketball.
He will definitely contribute to MSU's strong rebounding already and will make electrifying plays.
One thing that he has to work on though is his defensive ability as Izzo admits. But with more practice time gives Durrell more of a chance to improve, and so his defense will get better in time.
Look for Durrell to have a strong year, play more minutes in some games than others, but if Tom Izzo ever needs a fire starter off the bench, you can bet that Summers will be in the game.
MSU Hoops Profile: Durrell Summers
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