Tom Izzo has his sights set on recruiting and the 2025 Michigan State basketball class could be another special one.
Tom Izzo may have just signed his best class ever. According to 247Sports, the 2023 Michigan State basketball class was ranked fifth nationally. The class featured Coen Carr, Gehrig Normand, Jeremy Fears, and Xavier Booker.
The Spartans and Izzo seem to be continuing the hot streak into 2024. Top 50 prospect, Kur Teng, has already pledged to the Spartans. Big man, Jesse McCulloch from Indiana, has also committed to the Spartans. Those two launch MSU’s 2024 class up to No. 14 in the country at this point, with plenty of time to improve.
Looking ahead to 2025, Izzo has a chance to pull off his best class yet. That’s right. Best. The 2025 recruiting class has the potential to be better than 2023. And 247Sports updated its prospect rankings earlier today; let’s check in on some MSU targets.
Michigan State basketball prospects get new rankings
- Koa Peat: #4 (-1)
- Peat is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Gilbert, Ariz. He has ties to Michigan State, as his older brother Cassius Peat played football for the Spartans under Mark Dantonio. However, Cassius transferred after just a single season with the Spartans. Peat is one of the best players in the country, and his ranking reflects that. He should be one of, if not the top target for MSU.
- Jalen Haralson: #10 (-)
- Haralson is a 6-foot-6 combo guard from Fishers, Ind. He’s an AAU teammate with 2024 MSU commit Jesse McCulloch. Izzo has recruited Indiana well before, and this could be a big pickup.
- Darius Acuff: #11 (previously unranked)
- Acuff is the biggest stock riser in high school basketball right now. The Detroit native attends Cass Technical High School and has shot up rankings with his elite play this AAU season. The 6-foot-1 point guard is the top-ranked player in Michigan. He’s one of the few players on this list I’ve seen play in person, and he’s a special talent.
- Trey McKenney: #17 (+5)
- McKenney is a wing from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in Michigan. He’s a high four-star, but other recruiting sites have him as a five-star. He and Acuff make up some of the best talents the state has seen in a while. The last time there were two five-stars from the state of Michigan? All the way back in 2016: Miles Bridges and Josh Jackson.
- Jerry Easter: #41 (+8)
- Easter is a guard from Toledo, Ohio. The 6-foot-3 player is a very talented scorer and a great passer. He’s racked up 29 offers.
- Jeremiah Fears: #51 (previously unranked)
- Does the name sound familiar? That’s because Jeremiah Fears is the younger brother of incoming freshman Jeremy Fears. Jeremiah is starting to make a name for himself on the EYBL circuit.
- Trent Sisley: #57 (-7)
- Sisley is a 6-foot-7 forward from Indiana. He plays on the same AAU team, Indy Heat, as Haralson and McCulloch.
- Kai Rogers: #70 (+2)
- Rogers is a 6-foot-10 center from Milwaukee, Wisc. He’s the only center MSU seems to be targeting in the class (so far).
- Jordan Scott: #82 (previously unranked)
- Scott is a 6-foot-5 wing from Reston, Va. Michigan State just recently offered him on June 22. If the Spartans want to win this recruitment, they’ll be competing with Big Ten foe Maryland.
All in all, many of MSU’s targets saw their ranking improve in this latest update. Additionally, we’ll see if Tom Izzo can pull off more recruiting magic.
Michigan State basketball facing huge recruiting weekend
This could be a massive weekend for Tom Izzo.
Michigan State basketball fans will have their eyes on East Lansing this weekend as it’s huge for recruiting.
Tom Izzo has been hard at work all offseason and while Michigan State basketball fans still have to wait a couple of months for the start of the season, he’s bringing some excitement into this weekend.
According to Travis Branham, Izzo will be hosting five-star Trey McKenney this weekend on an unofficial visit.
Trey McKenney, the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2025 class, will take an unofficial visit to Michigan State this weekend, a source tells @247Sports.
Joins Jase Richardson (official), Jesse McCulloch (committed, official) and Jordan Scott (unofficial).https://t.co/auSfyZQVai
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) September 7, 2023
McKenney is one of the best players in the country, regardless of class, and he’s on the top of the list of 2025 priorities for Izzo. Add him to an already-elite visitors list with four-star big man commit Jesse McCulloch, four-star combo guard Jase Richardson, and four-star small forward Jordan Scott and you have a huge weekend. Izzo is going to be making some serious moves.
On top of the fact that these guys will all be on campus for the Richmond game (hopefully the home crowd brings it for an FCS foe), it looks like some former Michigan State basketball players are on campus as well.
— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) September 7, 2023
Welcome BACK 🏡 pic.twitter.com/nAGgbuRH07
— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) September 7, 2023
Big names like Xavier Tillman and Gary Harris who have seen NBA success are back this weekend and it’ll be interesting to see how they’re used as recruiting tools. Did Izzo have them return to help with guys like McKenney, Scott, and Richardson? It would make sense.
With Jase Richardson taking his official, that probably also means his Spartan legend father, Jason Richardson, will also be in East Lansing.
Talk about recruiting tools left and right. If you’re a recruit and you see a few NBA players who played under Izzo rolling up to tell you why Michigan State is the right fit, you probably listen.
We’ll see if Izzo can make some moves with McKenney, who will be tough to land, as well as Richardson and Scott.
Huge weekend for the Hall of Fame coach.
Michigan State Basketball: 4-star CG Jase Richardson sets date for official visit
Jason Richardson’s four-star son will be on campus soon.
Jase Richardson, the four-star son of Michigan State basketball legend Jason Richardson, has planned his official visit to East Lansing.
For those Michigan State basketball fans who have been watching hoops for a long time, the last name “Richardson” should be one that is very familiar. For those who remember a time when Jason Richardson was playing, you remember how fun it was to watch him. There’s a chance that you could be seeing another fun player with the last name Richardson wearing the green and white in the near future.
Who could that be? None other than 2024 four-star combo guard Jase Richardson.
The four-star son of Jason Richardson will be taking an official visit to Michigan State on the weekend of Sept. 9, according to Travis Branham.
2024 four-star CG Jase Richardson (@JaseRich4), the son of Jason Richardson, will take an official visit to Michigan State on the weekend of September 9th, he tells @247Sports.— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) August 30, 2023
Will visit Alabama this weekend and Cincinnati on September 23rd.https://t.co/APPbmfvhrJ
With the 2024 class already having two commits and looking to add another, Richardson should be one of the recruits who fans should keep an eye on. A lot of that has to do with him being a top-50 recruit but also his relationship with Michigan State. Being the son of Jason Richardson, Jase grew up around the Spartan program.
While some recruits who grow up with a parent who played for one school may want to go in their own direction, it’s always important to have that relationship, and Tom Izzo and the Richardson family have a good relationship. While they have that relationship, it must be interesting for Izzo to be recruiting the son of someone he coached this century.
Izzo has an opportunity on this official visit to get Jase to commit and if he is able to do so, this would almost complete the puzzle that is the 2024 class.
While there is no date for a commitment from Richardson, this is still a recruitment that fans should still continue to watch.
Michigan State basketball: Elite 2025 guard confirms visit this weekend
One of the top guards in the 2025 recruiting class has confirmed an unofficial visit this weekend with Michigan State basketball.
While we are a few days from football season kicking off, Michigan State basketball recruiting news is picking up. Just before finding out that five-star combo guard Jalen Haralson would be visiting soon, the Spartans also received word that 2025 guard Davion Hannah would be coming to East Lansing this weekend.
Davion confirmed the news with 247Sports MSU insider Justin Thind who mentioned that there will be two more big-time visitors this weekend for Izzo, as he mentioned in his VIP article. The three are big-time prospects and it is nice to see Tom Izzo getting them to campus early for an unofficial visit.
He’s one of 3 hoops visitors expected at the home football opener on Friday night.
— Justin Thind (@JustinThind) August 28, 2023
Hannah is a top-35 player in the 2025 class currently. The 247Sports Composite lists him as the No. 7 overall combo guard and the best player coming out of Wisconsin in the 2025 cycle. He stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 175 pounds currently and he has the skill set needed to develop into a very good point guard.
The Wisconsin prospect currently holds 12 scholarship offers. Most notable schools include Auburn, Wisconsin, Marquette, and Oregon. MSU is not one of them yet, however. I would imagine that an offer will follow his unofficial this weekend, assuming all goes well.
Michigan State’s recruiting has been on a hot streak of late. After landing the No. 4 overall class in 2023, MSU has followed up by landing two stellar recruits for 2024. One of their highly touted 2024 targets, Jase Richardson, is also a combo guard. Should he choose to go elsewhere, building relationships with Hannah in the 2025 class could pay huge dividends.
Now the next step is on Mel Tucker and staff give the recruits a great game to watch Friday. Doing so could help Hanna’s time in East Lansing become more memorable.
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