Michigan State Basketball Fan's View: Durrell Summers Faces Struggles

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The latest news regarding Michigan State basketball grad Durrell Summers appeared in agate type on my local sports page, under "Transactions."

It read: "Charlotte Bobcats -- Waved F Melvin Ely, F Taylor Griffin, and G Durrell /Summers."

I searched the web for a sports news article on Summers' fate. I saw none, not even in The Lansing State Journal. I learned only that Durrell's name appears on the roster for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League, and that he was in Charlotte's camp as an undrafted free agent. Several other players for the Red Claws had been in NBA camps, but none made the cut.

Summers' entry on espn.go.com states, "There are no recent entries for this player."

This caused me to think of how frustrating it must be to be good at a sport, but not quite good enough for prime time. For every superior athlete to make it, even as an NBA benchwarmer, there are several who fall short.

Summers averaged 11.3 points as a junior and 11.6 as a sophomore, but his shooting percentage fell from 45.5 to 38.7. Last season, his shot was so far off that I was feeling sorry for the guy at times. I don't know whether it was his technique, or whether it was psychological. For that matter, I don't know whether Durrell found any answers in the offseason to his shooting troubles. He would otherwise seem to have the NBA tools -- good speed and athleticism, and size at 6-foot-5 with an excellent wingspan.

Spartan fans will recall Eric Snow, who became so messed up that he could barely hit the rim with a free thow. Snow eventually conquered this malady and had a good NBA career at point guard. Hopefully, Durrell Summers can find a source of fortitude and inspiration in Eric Snow.

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