December 6, 2012 in Professional
When I interviewed Durrell Summers before his D-League season with the Idaho Stampede started, he stressed that he wanted to show everyone that he’s added elements to his game both offensively and defensively since his days at Michigan State. Through four games, the early returns are positive — Summers is averaging 20.5 points per game and has impressed his coach, Mike Peck. Summers was recently featured in the Idaho Statesman newspaper:
“I think he can be a special player in this league,” first-year coach Mike Peck said. “Realistically, he’s a guy that through the course of the season will get the nod (to play in the NBA).”
The NBA Development League is maintaining a list of top prospects this season, and this week’s list ranks Summers as the No. 27 NBA prospect.
Summers has always had the physical attributes and athletic ability of a NBA wing, but in college, he struggled to maintain consistency and often wasn’t as aggressive in looking for his own shot as he should’ve been. So far in the D-League, he seems to be a much more assertive player, and that should help him realize his immense potential.