June 1st, 2021

It’s open season for college basketball recruiting once again. More than a year after all in-person recruiting shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA dead period is ending on Tuesday, June 1. For college basketball, that means recruiting will enter a “quiet period”, during which prospects can visit campus and have face-to-face conversations with coaches.

Source: mlive.com

May 28th, 2021

Is Michigan State gaining some momentum in one of the tougher recruiting areas in the country? That’s the hope, as the Spartans shoot for their second straight Chicago-area commit in as many recruiting classes. The Spartans are among the suitors for Jaden Schutt, a three-star shooting guard at Yorkville Christian High School in Illinois.

Source: mlive.com


May 5th, 2021

Pierre Brooks, Max Christie, and Jaden Akins make up one of the best recruiting classes in the country, and Michigan State is going to need all three to play big roles in 2021-22. In the final 247Sports rankings, all three Michigan State signees in 2021 moved into the top 60. This is the first time this happened as Brooks was in the 60-70 range for a while and Akins was No. 61 before his move to the No. 60 overall spot.

Source: Spartan Avenue

April 30th, 2021

Michigan State basketball needed another forward on the roster for 2021 after losing Thomas Kithier to the transfer portal, and they have now landed the commitment of a raw prospect with a lot of upside. On Friday, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Peter Nwoke announced that he would be committing to the Spartans as a preferred walk-on (PWO).

Source: Spartans Wire

April 26th, 2021

The Michigan State staff has been relatively slow to build this class to this point, despite the clear need for a sizable number of additions — Emoni Bates is currently the only member of the 2022 class committed to Michigan State, and we don’t quite know if he is going to reclassify to 2021, stick with the 2022 group or choose a different path. However, now that the country and college campuses are opening back up to some degree, recruits and schools are beginning to iron out visit schedules. Expect momentum to build quickly over the summer.

Source: The Only Colors

February 16th, 2021

Tom Izzo has been very selective with who Michigan State has offered in the 2022 recruiting class. One of the few prospects that have received an offer from the Spartans so far is four-star Tarris Reed Jr. from St. Louis. The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Chaminade (MO) power forward currently holds offers from Florida, Ohio State, Iowa, and eight others, including MSU.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

February 15th, 2021

George Harris Prep (Canada) star Enoch Boakye has decided to decommit from Michigan State and reopen his recruitment, the 6-foot-11 center tells Sports Illustrated. “It’s a tough decision, because I really do love Michigan State,” Boakye said. “But it’s just one of those situations where I have to do what’s best for me and my future.”

Source: Sports Illustrated

February 3rd, 2021

Keon Coleman is heading to Michigan State football. Coleman, a 2021 three-star wide receiver from Opelousas (La.) Catholic, plans to play football and basketball in college. He picked MSU over 40 other offers, including Kansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Penn State, Auburn, and Arizona. The plan is for Coleman to be on scholarship for Mel Tucker’s team and walk on to Tom Izzo’s team.

Source: MDetroit Free Press

January 25th, 2021

Well, this season has been a struggle for the Michigan State men’s basketball team, but things are looking up, looking forward still, right? The short answer is: yes! While Michigan State’s signed 2021 class has dealt with its fair share of adversity in the last five months, the class still looks to be a supremely talented one, and there are a number of talents committed in the 2022 class that the Spartans appear to be in good shape on.

Source: The Only Colors

January 9th, 2021

Emoni Bates hears the questions. He knows Michigan State basketball fans are anxious to see the top-ranked Spartan commit play in green and white, especially after another MSU loss Friday. Bates, who turns 17 on Jan. 28, is soft-spoken and succinct. When asked Friday about reclassifying grade levels, he said he’s focused on getting better while playing with fledgling Ypsilanti Prep Academy.

Source: Detroit Free Press

January 6th, 2021

As Emoni Bates watched Michigan State get off to an 0-3 start in Big Ten play this season before they won their last two league games, he couldn’t help but think that things might’ve been different had he been with the Spartans. “He says that all the time,” Elgin Bates, Emoni’s father, said this week in a phone interview. “Plus, he has a couple close friends that play on that roster and he always says, ‘I wish I was out there with my boys,’ so I know he could definitely, definitely help them, but adversity is the key to success.”

Source: Forbes

December 30th, 2020

Michigan State signee Jaden Akins has found a new home. The 6-foot-3 guard from Farmington who began this season playing at Ypsilanti Prep will finish his senior season at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kan.

Source: Detroit News

November 13th, 2020

As we near the start of the NCAA basketball season and basketball fever returns there have been a number of interesting developments on the recruiting front. Beyond the excitement (and relief) of the early-signing period seeing Ton Izzo lock in three outstanding talents in Max Christie, Jaden Akins, and Pierre Brooks Jr., some high school programs have already started playing, including a number of Michigan State recruits. There are also some new names to keep track of for anyone following Michigan State basketball recruiting for the high school class of 2022.

Source: The Only Colors

November 13th, 2020

Newly formed Ypsi Prep Academy in their first ever nationally televised event delivered with electrifying performances from Emoni Bates and Jaden Akins both. Bates finished with 36 points and 10 rebounds, while Akins chipped in 17 points as Ypsi Prep fell short to Chet Holmgren (31 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks) and Team Sizzle, 78-71. So let’s dive right into the film.

Source: Spartan Hoops

November 11th, 2020


November 11th, 2020

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team has received signed National Letters of Intent from Jaden Akins (Farmington, Mich./Ypsi Prep Academy), Pierre Brooks (Detroit, Mich./Frederick Douglass Academy), and Max Christie (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows).

Source: Michigan State University Athletics


November 11th, 2020

“I think we’ve built a strong class in the ‘21 class with me, Pierre and Max so far,” Akins told the Free Press on Wednesday morning. “All three of us can get our own shot and score and create. So I feel like we got a lot of talented players, and also the players that are already State. I feel like we’re building something special.” That “so far” is a reference to two 2022 commitments — swingman Emoni Bates, Akins’ current teammate at Ypsi Prep, and forward Enoch Boakye — who might reclassify and join the trio that signed Wednesday

Source: Detroit Free Press

November 11th, 2020

The Spartans’ 2021 recruiting class of shooting guard Max Christie, point guard Jaden Akins and wing Pierre Brooks II — all of whom signed their letters of intent to play at MSU on Wednesday morning — marks the beginning of perhaps the most heavily anticipated era of Spartan basketball since Mateen Cleaves announced he’d attend the “University of … Michigan State” almost 25 years ago.

Source: Lansing State Journal

November 11th, 2020

The Michigan State Spartans are entering National Signing Day with three commitments and the No. 6 class in the nation. That is obviously a lofty number and one that should have Tom Izzo and his program remaining at or near the top of the Big Ten Conference.

Source: 247 Sports

November 9th, 2020

Ypsi Prep Academy will make its debut Thursday night at 8:30 on ESPN2 on when it plays host to Team Sizzle from Minneapolis at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Of course, Ypsi Prep Academy is a new school formed by E.J. Bates, father of 6-foot-9 junior Emoni Bates, who is considered to be the nation’s top high school basketball player. E.J. is the team’s head coach.

Source: Detroit News

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