The time finally came for Durrell Summers. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound five star shooting guard from Redford (Mich.) Covenant officially committed to Michigan State on Thursday after a long couple of weeks of speculation about his decision to play for the home state Spartans.
Summers, the No. 13 ranked player in the class of 2007, made his decision public at a press conference at his school on Thursday morning.
"I pretty much knew all along where I wanted to go and I kind of knew that they knew that too," Summers said. "So I decided to take the weight off of my shoulders and make it official so I can focus on my high school season. There was no need to really wait."
Summers made his decision to play for Michigan State around the time the Spartans landed Georgia shooting guard Chris Allen but Summers never called Tom Izzo and the Spartans staff to make it official. Helping Summers decide was Allen and Kalin Lucas, a Michigan native and one of the best point guards in the class of 2007.
"The think the wheels started to go into motion about a month ago about going to Michigan State," Summers said. "I feel like I put myself into the best possible situation there."
Redford Covenant head coach Durand Shepard believes MSU has the ingredients in the backcourt to make some serious noise come NCAA tournament time.
"With those three guards they have an opportunity to win a National Championship," Shepard said. "They are definitely headed in the right direction."
Summers, Allen and Lucas will be on hand for MSU's game against Penn State.
Summers is averaging 28 points and 16 rebounds this season for Redford Covenant (7-3). A big time slasher and deadly shooter from the perimeter, Shepard sees big things ahead for his star player.
"With his athleticism and shooting ability and work ethic, I'd be very disappointed if he didn't have a big time career," Shepard said.