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Michigan State basketball: 4-star C Jesse McCulloch officially commits

Michigan State’s 2024 class is off to a heck of a start.



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Officially commit No. 2 in the 2024 Michigan State basketball recruiting class, Jesse McCulloch joined Kur Teng on Thursday.

Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball are red-hot on the recruiting trail after they received a commitment on Thursday evening from four-star big man Jesse McCulloch, a 6-foot-9 stretch-four from Cleveland who is a top-100 recruit in the country for 2024, according to 247Sports.

Michigan State beat out other finalists Alabama, Xavier, and Virginia Tech to secure the talented big man’s commitment.

McCulloch will bring a polished offensive game to East Lansing with a solid jumper that will make opponents have to respect him on the offensive end. McCulloch also has extreme toughness and a high motor that fits in perfectly with the standard of Michigan State basketball. He also helped lead his high school team Lutheran East to a 22-5 record and the Division 3 state championship this past season.

With most of our current frontcourt’s futures unknown with graduation and draft decisions looming, McCulloch will be heading to East Lansing at the perfect time to make an immediate impact as a freshman.

McCulloch is the second commit for Tom Izzo in the 2024 class, joining four-star shooting guard Kur Teng. The addition of McCulloch will catapult MSU’s 2024 class up to No. 6 in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten behind only Rutgers in 2024. Teng and McCulloch will fit in perfectly with the incoming 2023 class and lineups with incoming freshmen Xavier Booker, Jeremy Fears, Coren Carr and Gehrig Normand have me feeling nervous for the rest of the Big Ten.

Locking in commitments from McCulloch and Teng this early in the 2024 cycle is massive as it now allows Izzo and the rest of the staff to devote their recruiting efforts elsewhere with a few big names still on their board. Five-star prospects Bryson Tucker and Flory Bidunga are names to keep an eye on as two guys MSU could go after hard now. Another name to keep an eye on is four-star legacy recruit Jase Richardson who is the son of Spartan legend and former NBA star Jason Richardson.

MSU will be one of the best teams in the country this season and will continue to be for years to come with the elite level of talent Tom Izzo is bringing in.

Anyone else ready for basketball season already? I know I am.


Xavier Booker “relentless” in recruiting 4-star guard Jase Richardson

The incoming freshman wants Jase Richardson to join him in 2024.



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Michigan State freshman and five-star Xavier Booker has been “relentless” in his pursuit of Jase Richardson.

With all of the 2023 class freshmen arriving on campus, it feels only right that Michigan State fans look ahead to the 2024 class.

Tom Izzo just landed arguably his best class ever, headlined by Xavier Booker, Jeremy Fears, Coen Carr, and Gehrig Normand. He’s now aiming to land an equally impressive 2024 class that currently has four-stars Jesse McCulloch and Kur Teng committed.

One of the top targets left on the board is a legacy recruit: Jase Richardson.

The son of Spartan legend and NBA star Jason Richardson has spoken highly of Michigan State over the past year and he even took an official visit back in October. Since then, he’s garnered a ton of interest from major programs including Alabama, Arkansas, San Diego State, USC, and Virginia. He’s weighing his options.

At the recent Pangos All-American Camp, he spoke with 247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins about his recruitment and he said that he is planning officials to Alabama and Cincinnati.

He also said that one Michigan State player is “relentless” in his recruitment: Xavier Booker.

The five-star big man from the 2023 class has apparently been doing some recruiting of his own, per Jenkins’ interview with Richardson.

“Every coach calls me every other day. I like the culture there. Everybody there is family. Xavier Booker has also been relentless in recruiting me.”

Surprised to hear this? A lot of people might be considering Booker was widely considered by Spartan fans to be a one-and-done prospect. Some experts, however, believe that he could be a 2-3 year type of player based on his frame and raw skills. Patience has been the word used by some recruiting experts regarding Booker.

As for the recruitment of Richardson, it’s cool to see that a highly-regarded player like Booker is putting in work to get Jase to Michigan State. You don’t often see that. Who wouldn’t want a five-star and top-10 player in the country to say they want to play with you?

This could be one heck of a recruiting tool for Izzo.

Richardson told Jenkins that he plans on committing before his season starts in the fall. He’s the No. 44 overall recruit and No. 7 combo guard in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite.

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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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