Michigan State basketball: Jeremy Fears is officially a 5-star PG
Jeremy Fears got his fifth star on Friday night.
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.
Michigan State basketball prioritizing 5-star SG Isaiah Elohim
Elohim would be a heck of a 2024 addition.
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 Hoops, it 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.
2024 5⭐️ Isaiah Elohim is one of the top players in the ‘24 class. He told me he’s hearing the most from these schools lately:
He tells me he’ll be looking to start setting up visits in the coming weeks. #11 in the ESPN100. pic.twitter.com/4jTXncDCJL
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) May 23, 2023
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.
Coen Carr throws down incredible free throw line dunk (Video)
Coen Carr is a freak.
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.
Coen Carr taking off from the FREE THROW LINE 🤯 (via daddyharden/TT) pic.twitter.com/R8U8OKK5qP
— Overtime (@overtime) May 21, 2023
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.
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.
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.
2024 4⭐️Tyler McKinley just released his Top 7. Here are the programs he’s considering:
McKinley is an active, two-way forward who is a solid rebounder and good defender. #72 in the ESPN100. pic.twitter.com/9cDirxTS8f
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) May 15, 2023
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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