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Michigan State basketball’s 2023 class will silence Tom Izzo doubters

Michigan State basketball signed the No. 3 recruiting class for 2023 and that group is going to quiet all the Tom Izzo doubters.

When Xavier Booker, Jeremy Fears Jr., Gehrig Normand, and Coen Carr all committed to Michigan State basketball‘s 2023 class, everyone knew it was going to be tough to sign all four.

Recruiting doesn’t stop after players commit. Some argue it actually becomes a little tougher because schools come from everywhere to try and offer new things and tempt flips, but Tom Izzo stayed focused and made sure all four signed in the early period which was on Wednesday.

Before noon on early signing day, all four commits signed with the Spartans.

Talk about stress-free.

The 2023 class won’t do anything about this season which could be a tough one for a Michigan State team that lacks ideal depth and is facing a gauntlet in non-conference play. Izzo even admitted that there’s a chance this team could start the season with a horrible record and still be playing good basketball. But fans will panic regardless.

Izzo hasn’t made the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2019 (yes, I know 2020 was canceled) and before that, it had been since 2015. Only two second weekend appearances since 2015 is unacceptable and Izzo knows that.

The doubters are starting to pile up and it’s not even just rival fans. I’ve seen Michigan State fans calling for him to retire (wild, I know). Some fans are wondering if he still has what it takes to win big even though his Spartans are the last Big Ten team to make a Final Four. Wild.

Now although the 2022-23 season may not yield that elusive second national title or even a second weekend berth in the tourney, help is on the way.

Izzo will have one of the best rosters in college basketball next season and there’s a legit shot that the Spartans will be a preseason top-five team.

This class has everything Izzo will need to chase that second national title. It has a leader and floor general (Fears), a do-it-all superstar big man (Booker), an athletic freak on the wing (Carr), and an athletic shooter (Normand). You add that perfect mix of players who all get along and like each other to a roster with the perfect leader at point guard (AJ Hoggard), a rising star at wing (Jaden Akins), a sharpshooter (Pierre Brooks), a veteran post presence (Mady Sissoko), a rising post star (Jaxon Kohler), and a point guard who is ‘next up’ to lead the team (Tre Holloman).

And Izzo could still hit the portal or convince Malik Hall or Tyson Walker to use their COVID years. An already-loaded roster would get that much better.

Izzo’s 2023 class is going to gel with the current roster and create maybe his best Michigan State basketball team in a decade.

The doubters are loud right now, but that’s all going to change soon.

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