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Michigan State basketball: Has Tom Izzo found his future point guard?

Tom Izzo is looking closely at an elite 2025 point guard.



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Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is taking a closer look at elite 2025 point guard Darius Acuff from Detroit Cass Tech.

ATLANTA – It’s 8:00 on a Saturday morning. Where is Tom Izzo? The Michigan State basketball coach sitting courtside at an AAU game.

The Elite Youth Basketball League, or EYBL, is an AAU circuit run and funded by Nike. It’s the top high school basketball league on the planet and churns out high major talent and future professional basketball players year after year.

This weekend, the EYBL is in Atlanta, Ga. That also means many college basketball coaches, including Tom Izzo, are in Atlanta. 

With so many excellent prospects and teams on the circuit, it’s difficult for coaches to decide which players to give time to, and they need to take advantage of the limited weekends the NCAA gives them to scout in person. These are called “live periods” and the NCAA only allows a few weekends in the spring to be live periods.

Earlier on Saturday, Izzo spent time watching the Detroit-based team The Family which is led by a player who shouldn’t even be on the team.

Darius Acuff is a 2025 guard from Cass Tech high school in Detroit. He is playing up an age group and performing at a very high level. Juwan Howard and Co. recently gave Acuff an offer to Michigan, and it looks like they won’t be the last.

Izzo watched Acuff and The Family face off against Team Melo (Carmelo Anthony’s AAU team). Acuff had 17 points and shot 53 percent from the field. He also hauled in five rebounds and displayed his tenacious defense picking up two steals. 

So far in three EYBL games this spring, he is averaging 16 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. He’s also been consistent at the charity stripe shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Acuff’s performance is getting him noticed.

Analyst Andrew Slater listed Acuff as one of his Friday EYBL standouts. 247Sports’ Travis Branham also noted Acuff’s impressive play:

Tom Izzo has coached some elite point guards in his time: Mateen Cleaves, Kalin Lucas, and Cassius Winston to name a few. Incoming point guard Jeremy Fears looks like he could be a special name to add to that list as well. While the keys to the driver’s seat at the point guard spot are in good hands for the next couple of years, Izzo is always thinking ahead, and could Acuff be an answer?


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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