December 20, 2012 in Professional
Kevin Scheitrum of NBA.com has a fantastic, long piece on former Michigan State standout Durrell Summers, who now plays for the Idaho Stamped in the NBA D-League. There are plenty of great quotes in there, but this one really stood out to me:
“I definitely look back on it, and it was a great ride, to be honest,” Summers said of his four-year run at MSU, with appearances in two Final Fours. “I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, but that may have been a gift and a curse. A gift and a curse because you’re young and it’s happening like that, and there’s not really a script for how to deal with it. Your coaches try to tell you, but it’s hard. … I don’t want to get into all of it, but you’re having fun in college, not necessarily being as productive on the court. If it’s not helping me get better as a basketball player, you shouldn’t be partaking. That’s the thing I had to learn.”
Summers hinted at these things when I interviewed him before the season started. Since becoming a professional, he seems to have really learned that he’s not going to carve out a long basketball career unless he adds elements to his game and works exceedingly hard at those things, and to his credit, he seems to be backing up those words with his actions based on the strong season he’s having for Idaho so far.