11 hours ago

Tuesday night, it was Brandon McCoy heading to UNLV. Wednesday night, it was Mark Smith committing to Illinois. Before that, it was Blake Harris and Greg Elliott heading to Mizzou and Marquette, respectively. If those weren’t enough for you, the tea leaves aren’t looking too good when it comes to long time Spartan target Brian Bowen ending up in Green, either.

Source: The Only Colors

2 days ago

Mark “Rocket” Watts doesn’t play football anymore, but the nickname remains. The 6-foot-2 Detroit Old Redford combo guard won’t blow you away with his size, but he’ll blow by you with his speed. A 3-star prospect in the 2019 class per the 247Sports composite, Watts has seen his basketball recruitment explode in the days following the first Nike EYBL session in Hampton, Va.

Source: Land of 10

3 days ago

the AAU basketball circuit switched into high gear this past weekend. Let’s check in on how Michigan State’s 2018 commits and targets performed.

Source: Land of 10

4 days ago

While Michigan State coaches hit the road this weekend for the open recruiting period, a scholarship offer was extended close to home. ark “Rocket” Watts, a 2019 guard from Detroit Old Redford Academy, landed an offer from MSU, he announced Sunday on Twitter.

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

If there’s one thing that Tom Izzo knows to be true, it’s the importance of closing on a recruit early in the class to avoid what he’s facing this year. Michigan State is waiting to hear the decision of three top targets in 2017, and that’s something he’d rather get squared away early in the process. For reasons such as those, Izzo has hit the road to take care of some business in the 2018 and 2019 classes. He’s been checking in with top targets and one of them happens to be five-star small forward Keion Brooks.

Source: Spartan Avenue

1 week ago

With at least three scholarships — and possibly a few more — opening up, 2018 is an important year. Tom Izzo clearly knows this and has locked up a few key contributors, in point guard Foster Loyer and power forward Thomas Kithier, both of whom find themselves in the updated Rivals150

Source: The Only Colors

1 week ago

Already bringing its biggest piece back to campus in Miles Bridges, Michigan State is still pursuing some complimentary additions.High on that list is 2017 point guard Mark Smith, a senior at Edwardsville (Ill.) High School. Tom Izzo and members of his staff visited with Smith in late March. In early April, Smith and his parents repaid the courtesy, taking an official visit to Michigan State. Both sides will connect once again this week.

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

Now that Miles Bridges has provided Michigan State its biggest “recruit” for this season’s class he’ll get back to work trying to convince a few more to join him. Bridges announced last week he was returning for his sophomore season, deciding to leave the NBA until at least next year as he chases his dream of winning a national championship. That decision could have a significant impact on a class that already includes two of the top big men in the country, though Bridges will continue to push.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

MSU is set to welcome 6’9” Gavin Schilling back from injury and add 6’11” Jaren Jackson and 6’9” Xavier Tillman in the upcoming recruiting class. Heck, they may even get 6’9” Ben Carter back in the fold. While it might seem like the size problem is all but addressed, one (literally) very large fish could still be reeled in — 5-star center Brandon McCoy.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

The Edwardsville (Ill.) senior found out from the man himself while on campus for his official visit the weekend of April 7-9. “He told me on my visit last week,” Smith said after playing in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic on Saturday night. “I already knew he was coming back.”

Source: Land of 10

2 weeks ago

Spartans looking to add at least one high-level recruit in Brandon McCoy, Brian Bowen and/or Mark Smith

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Jaren Jackson, a senior five-star power forward from La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere School, kick-started Michigan State’s class of 2017 when the 6-foot-10, 226-pound four-man committed to Michigan State in September. Then Xavier Tillman, a senior four-star forward from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian, committed a few weeks later. Both Jackson and Tillman inked their letters of intent to Michigan State in early November.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

This past weekend, Smith took an official visit to Michigan State, wooed by Tom Izzo and his staff to campus. Smith is now one of the top remaining unsigned 2017 point guards in the country. He’s a major commodity in the college basketball marketplace. “It’s been kind of crazy,” his mother, Yvonne Smith, told MLive.

Source: MLive.com

3 weeks ago

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound recruit is considered one of the Top 100 prospects for 2017. The 247Sports Composite ranks Smith as the No. 5 player from Illinois. Nationally, he’s the No. 20 point guard and No. 92 prospect. The site’s Crystal Ball predictions favor the Spartans, and Smith’s visit is another good sign for Michigan State’s hopes.

Source: Land of 10

3 weeks ago

Sam and Rod are back to go over a few news items and give our analysis:

  • Greg Elliott committs to Marquette
  • Mark Smith will take an official visit this weekend + got a Kentucky offer
  • Blake Harris to visit the following weekend
  • No Tugs or McCoy news
  • Scouting Tugs and Jaren Jackson from the HS Nationals
  • Miles talk


Source: The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule

3 weeks ago

The Michigan State basketball staff is focused on finishing its 2017 recruiting class with a brief dead period ending tonight. But depending on how everything shakes out, the Spartans could potentially be in the market for a grad transfer for 2017. Keeping that in mind, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Wednesday that the Spartans have expressed interest in forward Kerem Kanter, a grad transfer from Green Bay.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 weeks ago

Mark Smith, a four-star point guard from Edwardsville (Ill.), had an in-home visit with Tom Izzo, Dane Fife, and Dwayne Stephens on Tuesday night and received a scholarship offer from the MSU head coach during the visit.”It’s a crazy feeling to me,” Smith said. “I grew up watching a lot of Michigan State and Tom Izzo coached basketball. My visit with the Michigan State coaches went really good.”

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 weeks ago

In the market for another guard/wing type of player, Michigan State recruiting has been in contact with four-star point guard Blake Harris. The electrifying athlete from Chapel Hill, N.C., narrowed his list of potential suitors down to four, but will be taking officials in the coming weeks.

Source: Spartan Avenue

4 weeks ago

Their team won and they had some highlights.It was a mixed bag, otherwise, for Michigan State basketball signee Jaren Jackson Jr. and recruiting targets Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy during Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 weeks ago

Quade Green (Kentucky commit) and Gary Trent Jr. (former Michigan State target and Duke commit) discuss where Bowen will end up. Trent Jr. seemed very confident in one school’s chances.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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