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After slow start, Michigan State basketball’s 2023 recruiting class will be special

The 2023 Michigan State basketball recruiting class entered the new year with zero commits and plenty of question marks especially after Tom Izzo signed just two guys in his 2022 class.

Six days after the calendar turned to 2022, Jeremy Fears made it official and committed to the Spartans.

It was a slow start for Izzo, but Fears was the perfect prospect to kick things off. He’s the prototypical Michigan State point guard who plays fearlessly and with a chip on his shoulder. He is a natural leader and calls himself the “floor general” which is fitting because he commands respect from everyone when the ball is in his hands.

Nearly seven months passed without another commit, but on July 30, Xavier Booker made it official and joined the 2023 class as Izzo’s top-ranked pledge ever — No. 1 overall on Rivals and No. 3 on 247Sports.

Despite that slow start to the class and some fans even going as far as calling Izzo “washed” because of the last couple of classes and lack of utilization of the transfer portal, the Hall of Fame coach has put together a heck of a one-two punch for 2023. And he’s not even close to being done.

Devin Royal, a four-star wing from Ohio, was his No. 3 priority in the class behind Fears and Booker but it looks like he’s going to be committing to Ohio State over Michigan State. The relationship he built with Chris Holtmann was just too strong and long-lasting that Izzo’s late surge just wasn’t enough. But unlike the previous couple of cycles, Izzo immediately went to Plan B options before it was too late.

In fact, he hosted four-star athletic sharpshooting wing Gehrig Normand (North Richland Hills, Texas) this past weekend and extended him an offer before he left East Lansing. On Monday, Michigan State picked up a huge crystal ball from Justin Thind on 247Sports for Gehrig who would be that Matt McQuaid-type piece.

During that same weekend, Izzo hosted another uncommitted four-star wing in Coen Carr (Greenville, S.C.) who is an athletic specimen and would give the 2023 class a heck of a boost in that category. I’m thinking he’s more of a Branden Dawson-type who could add a jumper. He left East Lansing with an offer as well.

Izzo is putting in the work to land both of these ‘Plan B’ guys who actually have the talent to be Plan A targets and if all goes to plan, the 2023 class could rival 2016 as the most talented in MSU basketball history.

Time to smoke that Izzo doubters pack.

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