June 17, 2006

Summers on fire at Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout

Michigan State commitment Durrell Summers didn't break any rims in the Breslin Center auxiliary gym the way he did during last summer's Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout.

But the national Top 30 Spartan commitment showed the auxiliary gym rims no mercy either in a dunk-filled 40-point performance against Brad Redford and Frankenmuth.

Summers' high-flying tournament opener was the most impressive individual display of the Friday games at the annual team event, which routinely brings the best high school teams from around the state of Michigan and the Midwest to East Lansing.

Summers used the Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout as a springboard into the national spotlight last June. The momentum he generated at last year's shootout carried over into the NIKE All-America Camp in Indianapolis and helped him become one of the most sought after players in the nation.

Against Frankenmuth, Summers hoped to match his performance of one year ago. Whether he did or not is debatable, what is not is the fact that the senior-to-be from Detroit is one of the most electrifying players in the nation.

Summers scored a great deal of his points on transition dunks. But he was also able to score on pull-up jumpers.

The future Spartan was even able to match Frankenmuth sharpshooter, Redford, at his own game. Both Summers and Redford finished with four 3-pointers apiece.

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