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Michigan State basketball: Jeremiah Fears gives recruitment update

Jeremiah Fears spoke about his relationship with MSU.

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Jeremiah Fears has received interest from Michigan State basketball and he gave a recruitment update recently.

Jeremy Fears is making his way to East Lansing this upcoming season to play for Michigan State basketball. Fears is a 6-foot-0 point guard from Joliet, Ill., and 247Sports has him ranked No. 30 in the country nationally in the 2023 class. Many Michigan State fans are excited to see him in the green and white and he has the potential to be another great Spartan point guard.

He also has a little brother.

Meet Jeremiah Fears.

Jeremiah is a 5-foot-11 point guard in the 2025 class. He’s currently unranked (247Sports), but his offer list shows he can play. Fears has offers from Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Xavier, and Michigan State.

I recently saw Fears play in person at EYBL Session 2 in Mesa, Ariz., and he can play. I watched Fears score 16 points on the best team on the circuit, and probably the best AAU team in the country, Vegas Elite. This AAU season, Fears is averaging a little over 10 points per game, which may not seem like a lot. However, he’s doing this while playing up a grade level against the best high school players in America.

Make no mistake, these offers aren’t just because of his big brother, the younger Fears is good… very good.

Jeremiah Fears talks about Michigan State basketball

Fears recently spoke with recruiting analyst Jamie Shaw of On3 Sports and gave an update on his recruitment. He had good things to say about Michigan State.

“My relationship there is really good; they’re like family. Since my brother committed there, they’ve treated me like one of their own. We have a good relationship,” he said about MSU.

The “Spartan Dawg Family” is something that gets frequently brought up by current players, alums, and anybody else around the Michigan State basketball program. It’s truly a family and it’s cool to see that Fears has already been able to experience that. For Jeremiah, going to Michigan State would truly feel like a family since he would have the rare opportunity to play with his older brother Jeremy.

“I wouldn’t mind playing with my brother,” Fears said. “If that is the best fit for me, that is what I’ll do. But I have to do what is best for me at the end of the day.”

Sounds like there could be a second player for the rest of the Big Ten to fear in the upcoming years.

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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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