As recruits commit to their respective programs, let’s check in on a few of the players Michigan State basketball has targeted.
Already securing commits from four-star shooting guard Kur Teng and three-star Jesse McCulloch, Tom Izzo and Co. are moving along nicely with the 2024 Michigan State basketball recruiting class. Continuing to look forward, though, who else are they in pursuit of?
If you are an avid college basketball fan, you probably will recognize the following names. But, as recruits begin to commit to their respective programs, let’s check in on a few of the players Izzo has targeted and MSU’s odds of landing them.
Bryson Tucker, 6-foot-7 SF, 4-Star (No. 19 via ESPN)
Bryson Tucker is the highest target for Izzo and his staff. Tucker, who is a five-star on other recruiting sites, currently plays for IMG Academy in Florida and has plenty of offers to choose from. The 6-foot-7 small forward has an extremely polished jumper that should translate well to the next level. Along with his jumper, Tucker uses his size well to initiate contact and finish at the rim. Never rushed, he seems to always be under control, playing with an extremely high basketball IQ and instincts.
While MSU wasn’t the first to offer Tucker, Duke offered him in May while the Spartans didn’t offer until October of last year, it seems as though Michigan State may be the team to beat for him. He was reportedly impressed with the Spartans’ culture during his visit to campus last month. He feels as though his fast paced play would pair well in East Lansing. They will have to continue to beat out the likes of Duke and now possibly the professional route, ala Overtime Elite or Ignite, but I think MSU does so and Tucker plays in the Breslin next season.
Jase Richardson, 6-foot-3 CG, 4-Star (No. 36 via ESPN)
Richardson may not be as highly ranked as Tucker, but he brings with him the high pedigree that is his last name. Jase is the son of Michigan State legend Jason Richardson. His play includes a combination of facilitating for others while also getting to the basket with a highlight finish. Just a few weeks ago at the EYBL Peach Jam, Jase finished averaging 4.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 20.8 points per game all while shooting 56 percent from the field and a scorching 45 percent from deep.
As for the recruiting of Richardson, Jase is technically down to eight programs. Alabama, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Michigan State, SDSU, Stanford, USC, and Virginia have all made the cut. However, he recently told On3 that only four are truly prioritizing the 6-foot-3 combo guard. Even with USC and Virginia being heavily involved at first, they have seemingly dropped off and it’s down to Cincinnati, Alabama, MSU, and Stanford. With that being said, because of his ties to East Lansing, I think he will join Tucker and current commits Kur Teng and Jesse McCulloch in Michigan State’s 2024 class.
Aiden Sherrell, 6-foot-11 C, 4-Star (No. 24 via ESPN)
Ironically, the only hometown kid on this list might be the least likely to end up playing for Tom Izzo. Aiden Sherrell is a 6-foot-11 center from Detroit, now playing his high school ball at Prolific Prep in Napa Valley.
The second-highest ranked recruit via ESPN on this list, Sherrell is a prototypical stretch five. In today’s game, a stretch five has become more and more popular. Aiden has great size and length at 6-foot-11 but also has the ability to score away from the paint. He is actually connecting at a crazy 44.4% rate from 3-point range, which makes him an invaluable asset. His traditional downlow moves and rebounding could use some refining but his scoring away from the basket gives any head coach a great weapon either at the four or five.
As mentioned, Sherrell is a Detroit kid. Just last week he included MSU in his final five, and no doubt grew up watching Tom Izzo and the Spartans. With that being said, however, Aiden is expected to commit on Aug. 13, likely to Alabama. He would be a great steal for Izzo, as he could slide into the starting lineup if Xavier Booker decides to move on after just one season. I just don’t see it happening, unfortunately.
Tyler Betsey, 6-foot-8 SF, 4-Star (No. 56 via ESPN)
The second small forward on this list, Tyler Betsey comes in 37 spots higher than his position counterpart, Bryson Tucker. At 6-foot-8, Betsey has a great shooter’s frame to go along with a smooth, quick release. This make up helps him be the lethal 3-and-D prospect that he is. His range is elite and natural instincts allow him to play extremely seamlessly. Betsey will likely use his time in college working on getting to the basket and creating for himself. Adding that to his 3-and-D bag for the next level will benefit him greatly.
As is the case with all the names on this list, Betsey has a lengthy list of schools to choose from. With offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, Kansas, MSU, Nebraska, and Rutgers to name a few.
The 2022-2023 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year seems to be in no rush for a commitment. Currently, UConn stands as the leader to land Tyler, as they are his home team. Both Indiana and Creighton still are being given a fighting chance, but unfortunately for the Spartans, Michigan State looks to be out of the running for this 3-and-D prospect.
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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