2007 Intro: Durrell Summers

It was all about aggressiveness for Durrell Summers. Once the DePorres High (Mich.) junior became more assertive, he showed what he was capable of.

Durrell Summers was impressive this summer. He turned out to be an even better than he thought he was.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior wing at DePorres High (Mich.) went out with the goal of being more aggressive – and he accomplished it without much difficulty.

``I played well in Michigan last year, but it seemed like when I left to go out of town, I didn't play as well," Summers said.

That's not longer the case as Summers earned the No. 13 spot in Scout.com's latest national rankings of the Class of 2007.

``I think his confidence was the main thing," said DePorres coach Durand Shepherd. "And showing his athleticism during a live game. He always had the athletic ability and he'd dunk here and there, but he was never aggressive enough to really do it in a game."

Summers showed his athleticism this past spring and summer – but it was the combination of getting to the basket and finishing and also being able to knock down the perimeter shot that had coaches drooling over his potential.

Summers, 16, still needs to improve his defense and also become more comfortable pulling up from mid-range.

The comparisons have already started – to his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, to Maurice Ager, Luther Head and even Tracy McGrady. However, Summers doesn't pay much attention.

``I just feel honored," he said. "I can't believe anyone would compare me to those guys."

``He's just so unselfish and laid back," added Shepherd. "He's a coaches delight because he'll do anything you ask. His willing to take on whatever role you put forth for him, but I want him to be more assertive. I'd like to see him attach people defensively because he can be a lock-down defender with his skill, length and quickness."

Summers said he's already received scholarship offers from the two big in-state schools, Michigan and Michigan State, and is also looking at UConn, North Carolina, Illinois and Wake Forest. Shepherd also added the Miami, Syracuse, Kansas and Ohio State have expressed interest.


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