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Michigan State basketball: Jeremy Fears is officially a 5-star PG

Jeremy Fears got his fifth star on Friday night.

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Michigan State basketball signee Jeremy Fears has long been on the rise in the recruiting ranks and he finally got his fifth star.

On Thursday, Michigan State basketball had one five-star prospect in its 2023 recruiting class. On Friday, it had two.

After a recent ESPN recruiting rankings update, Jeremy Fears was granted a fifth star on the 247Sports composite, joining Xavier Booker as the other five-star in the Spartans’ 2023 class.

Fears went from the No. 29 overall composite recruit to No. 24 on Friday evening.

He is now officially a five-star prospect.

This comes as no surprise to people who have seen him play and rise considerably over the past 5-6 months. He went from the No. 45 recruit in the country in June all the way up to No. 24 in the class on Friday. A 21-spot rise in about seven months is unheard of and it feels like he may be even better than that No. 24 ranking.

The biggest concern for Fears heading into his final year of high school ball at Joliet (Ill.) West was his shooting. He’s clearly worked on that because it’s improved drastically and not only is he a willing shooter, but he’s now a capable one.

Excitement is building around the young point guard from Illinois as Michigan State basketball could go from Cassius Winston to AJ Hoggard and Tyson Walker to Fears. That’s a heck of a transition.

Tom Izzo has to feel incredibly lucky to reel in elite point guard after elite point guard in East Lansing.

With the recent rise in the composite, Fears is now the No. 5 point guard in the nation.

And he’s not the only Spartan recruit to rise in the latest composite as Coen Carr jumped six spots from No. 58 to No. 52. Booker dropped just one spot from No. 7 to No. 8 while Gehrig Normand went from No. 68 down to No. 102 in the composite.

This is Izzo’s first class with two five-stars since 2016.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.

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