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Michigan State basketball: Constructing ideal 2024 recruiting class

Combine the 2023 class with this group and you have a potential title.



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If Michigan State basketball can land this class of elite recruits, Tom Izzo may very well win his second national title.

For Michigan State basketball, the 2023 recruiting class has to be considered the best-case scenario.

Rarely does it happen where Tom Izzo gets most or all of his Plan A targets, but that was the case as he reeled in top point guard target Jeremy Fears to kick off the class. He then landed five-star big man Xavier Booker who was the No. 1 priority for months followed by a pair of athletic four-star wings in Gehrig Normand and Coen Carr.

The class rose all the way to No. 3 nationally and all four guys have officially signed with the Spartans and are each McDonald’s All-American nominees.

How the heck can you follow that class up if you’re Izzo?

Fortunately for him, he’s planted some early seeds with some top prospects on the national scene and his 2024 group could be just as good, if not better, than his elite 2023 class.

For that to be the case, here’s how I would construct the ideal 2024 class of 4-5 guys.

Kur Teng, 4-star SG

Quite possibly the closest to giving Michigan State his pledge is four-star shooting guard Kur Teng who has been trending toward the Spartans for a little while now. He’s the No. 36 overall recruit and eighth-best shooting guard in the 2024 class and he would be a nice addition to the wing.

I could see Izzo taking a couple of guards, but no more than two. Teng would have to be one of them. The 6-4, 185-pounder has a smooth release and clean shot that would be perfect for this offense.

Bryson Tucker, 5-star SF

This recruitment has been somewhat quiet, but Izzo has to like where he stands here. I don’t know how much stock you can truly put into the “warm” or “cool” designations on 247Sports, but Michigan State is currently the only “warm” school listed for him. That might mean something, or it might mean nothing.

Tucker has stated that Michigan State is one of the schools that’s been in contact with him the most.

In a perfect scenario, Tucker would join Teng on the wing and be that scorer for the Spartans’ 2024 class. He has nice size at 6-foot-6 and 180 pounds and he would fill a void at small forward. Tucker is the No. 7 overall recruit in the country and the fourth-best small forward in the class.

Aiden Sherrell, 4-star PF

Originally from Detroit, Aiden Sherrell has been near the top of the target list for Izzo and Michigan State for some time. He was offered back in October and it feels like this is a recruitment that the Spartans could win, although Alabama is looking like the early favorite here.

Michigan State will be in the market for a couple of bigs, so Sherrell could be that power forward presence down low with a scoring touch. Post scoring has been lacking big time this season and he could change that in 2024-25.

The talented 6-8, 200-pound forward is ranked the No. 41 overall recruit in the 2024 class.

Flory Bidunga, 5-star C

This one is probably a long-shot, but the addition of Flory Bidunga at the center position in the 2024 class would be massive — figuratively, and literally.

The five-star center from Kokomo, Ind., is ranked the No. 4 overall recruit in the class and he’s No. 1 at the position. Early trends have him going to Cincinnati, but Michigan State has made him a priority. It would be massive to land five-star centers in back-to-back classes to make sure post scoring is never an issue again.

Jase Richardson, 4-star G

I’m throwing Jase Richardson in here because he’s a talented legacy recruit. He may not fit a need for the Spartans as a 6-2 guard who may not project to be a true point, but you don’t say no to Jason Richardson’s top-40 son if he wants to commit.

Richardson would add some terrific guard depth and he’s a scorer so that would be great coming off the bench early in his career. He can handle the ball, but I see Jeremy Fears as the primary ball-handler for a while.

The son of J-Rich is ranked the No. 35 overall recruit in the class. He would be a really good fifth addition if Michigan State basketball does have five openings and Izzo decides to utilize them all.

Honorable mention: Jesse McCulloch, 4-star C

While I don’t think adding him would be a best-case scenario, I don’t see how it would be a bad thing. He’s one of the better shooting bigs in the class and could stretch the floor for the Spartans. I think he’s a more realistic option than Flory Bidunga, but Izzo could also opt to take both since they have different styles.

McCulloch is the No. 90 prospect in the class and the 13th-best center and it looks like he’s just growing into his frame. This could be a low-risk, high-reward pickup.


Michigan State basketball prioritizing 5-star SG Isaiah Elohim

Elohim would be a heck of a 2024 addition.



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Michigan State basketball is one of six schools reaching out the most to five-star shooting guard Isaiah Elohim.

In a tweet from 24/7 High School Hoopsit was recently revealed that Michigan State basketball, among five other programs, is showing plenty of interest in highly-ranked shooting guard Isaiah Elohim from California.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Elohim isn’t an athletic freak like Coen Carr, but has excellent size, speed, and athleticism regardless. He also has a good shot and excels at scoring the ball from around the court. It’s easy to envision him being the kind of guy in the future who can drop a flurry of jumpers and take over a game.

Elohim is currently attending Sierra Canyon in Los Angeles, Calif. This is big-time basketball school that has produced plenty of NBA talent, including Kenyon Martin Jr. and current Detroit Piston Marvin Bagley. It’s also the same school that Bronny James attended. The fact that Elohim was able to excel at such a prestigious basketball school (against excellent competition) gives me plenty of confidence that he can translate to the next level.

Tom Izzo will have to beat out other big-name programs such as Kansas, UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, and Baylor (who have also reportedly been showing interest) for the top-20 ranked shooting guard. Michigan State just capped off a top-five ranked class for 2023, but keeping the recruiting hot streak going for 2024 would be massive for the program. The more five-stars you have, the more five-stars you get — talent wants to play with talent.

Look for a visit to be scheduled soon.

It might be time for Izzo to land his latest five-star.

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Coen Carr throws down incredible free throw line dunk (Video)

Coen Carr is a freak.



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Coen Carr flashed his elite athleticism once again, throwing down a dunk from the free throw line this weekend.

Incoming MSU freshman forward Coen Carr has displayed his extreme athleticism all offseason. It seems like every week a new video surfaces of him doing something mindboggling.

Today’s highlight shows Carr dunking from the free throw line.

This is something that most NBA players can’t even do but Carr looks like he is able to do this with ease and had the whole gym rocking in the video.

Coen Carr is one of four players joining the Michigan State Basketball program this season, joining five-stars Xavier Booker and Jeremy Fears as well as four-star Gehrig Normand. According to 247Sports, he is the No. 31 player in the class and No. 7 at his position. Carr was not always ranked this high, but his ranking skyrocketed during his senior season as he vastly improved his game.

Michigan State’s 2023 class is one of Tom Izzo’s best ever. The Spartans class is No. 4 in the country and is the best in the Big Ten. Each freshman will be ready to play day one and will mesh perfectly with the returning players.

What will Coen Carr do next? My guess is we won’t have to wait too long to see his next high-flying dunk shock the internet. He’s going to tear the roof off of Breslin next year.

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Michigan State basketball makes top 7 for 4-star PF/C Tyler McKinley

MSU and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams to make the cut.



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Michigan State basketball has made the cut for one of the top 10 centers in the 2024 class, four-star Tyler McKinley.

Michigan State basketball is in the running for one of the top centers in the 2024 class as four-star Tyler McKinley released his top seven schools on Monday afternoon.

McKinley, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is currently playing high school ball in Missouri and has become one of the top 10 centers in the 2024 class. He’ll be choosing between MSU, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Alabama, and Tennessee. That’s quite the mixed bag as there are SEC teams, Big Ten teams, an ACC team, and some prominent local teams from where he grew up.

Tom Izzo will have to fight hard for this commitment.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound center is ranked No. 60 overall in the 2024 class and he’s the 10th-best at the position. With his frame, he may translate more to a power forward at the next level and he could complement Jesse McCulloch in the post.

McCulloch also projects as a power forward so this would be an interesting target for Izzo if he were to make a heavy push here.

Flory Bidunga is likely the Spartans’ top center target in the 2024 class, but it looks like Indiana has a lead there while Cincinnati is also in the running.

Michigan State’s 2024 recruiting class currently ranks No. 10 in the nation after landing McCulloch and four-star wing Kur Teng this spring. Adding another top-60 recruit to the class would just be another sign that Izzo still has it and he’s not “washed” like some rival fans claimed a year ago.

McKinley doesn’t currently have a visit to Michigan State scheduled, but I’d assume that he sets some officials before making a final decision.

I’d expect the 2024 Michigan State basketball recruiting class to be three or four players deep.

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