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2012 Basketball Recruiting Hotlist

(Bumped. - Pete)

It's already time to start looking ahead to who might be suiting up as freshmen in the Green & White for 2012.  That season may seem years away (it is!) but Tom Izzo and staff are already working hard to scout players and considering which young men get offers extended to play basketball at Michigan State.  There are numerous MSU targets to talk about including highly regarded in-state players like Javonte Hawkins and Matt Costello as well as elite regional ballers like Gary Harris and J.P. Tokoto.  Because it's only early June, the list is probably going to be highly subject to change and I'll continue to add players and update news/scouting.  Summer is a particularly active time especially for the soon-to-be juniors.

You'll also notice a lack of rankings.  Major recruiting services have not widely ranked players from this class yet so it’s hard to get a pulse for what national analysts are thinking.  This summer is also when many teams will be extending more official offers to this batch of players so we'll have a better clue who Coach Izzo's priority targets are.  For example, Indiana guard Gary Harris just received an offer from MSU last week.  Also, Michigan State is hoping for its first verbal of 2012 from Kenny Kaminski later this summer so that means 2012 recruiting is here, ready or not! 

As always, this is being assembled by an amateur, non-insider so any analysis is meant for informational purposes for fans and is neither exhaustive of all MSU targets nor definitive in any scouting analysis. 

Michigan State is looking at three scholarships available to replace Delvon Roe, Korie Lucious, and Draymond Green.  Because Coach Izzo only has two current commitments for 2011, it's hard to gain a true appraisal of precisely what positions the team might need to fill out the roster.  Also, it's highly possible that MSU could pass one of its four 2011 scholarships down the line to 2012 based on the wealth of in-state talent and elite Midwest prospects.  In particular, I wonder about the future of the point guard position.  Is the potential of Dwaun Anderson and Brandon Kearney as ballhandlers bright enough to pass on a true PG in both 2011 and 2012 until Cha Cha Tucker (already a standout Lansing PG and MSU connected) arrives in 2013?  Are any point guard targets in 2012 Spartan caliber players?  Both of these are currently open questions. 

This is speculating well out of my depth but people always wonder about rankings and where these players might end up.  Without a doubt, J.P. Tokoto is already a full-fledged, 5-star elite recruit.  When the new, more thorough rankings come out, I would except that Gary Harris and Jordan Hare will both receive high positions.  Harris is viewed as having excellent scoring ability and is often one of the best players in the gym whenever he shows up.  Hare has received an incredible amount of early attention from high D1 schools and he’s got size and a wingspan that say "NBA."  Also, Javonte Hawkins, Matt Costello, and Kenny Kaminski should find their way somewhere into the top 100.  The rest are complete question marks to me. 

 To put my own cards on the table, I would like to see MSU get::
1. Kenny Kaminski to provide that rare inside/outside game as a combo forward.
2. One of the standout wing players (Hawkins/Harris/Tokoto).
3. One of the two major Michigan big men (Costello/Hare). 
If MSU only takes three in 2011 and has a bonus scholarship, Izzo could double up at the wing or post positions and take another player.

 

Point Guards

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CHRIS HARRISON-DOCKS
Ht: 5'11"
Wt: 155
School: Okemos (Okemos, MI)
Scout: **
Rivals: unranked

An undersized player who quiets doubters with big performances and legit point guard skills.  He only recently arrived in Michigan from the Louisville area so his emphasis on in-state teams and their interest in him will be something to watch.  His current offers of Utah, Akron, Bradley, and Western Kentucky reflect the work he has to do in demonstrating that he is a high D1 prospect. 

 

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RAY LEE
Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 170
School: Cass Tech (Romulus, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

An interesting player for MSU, a school who may or may need/want a point guard in 2012. Not everyone is sold that Lee is an elite player as his natural position but he has two years to change that opinion. He was limited by his transfer status at Cass Tech last year and a full junior campaign may boost his stock further.  Lee's recruitment is still developing but MSU and UM have both shown interest. Here's a highlight video from YouTube

Wings

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KENNY KAMINSKI (MSU Verbal)
Ht: 6'7"
Wt: 215
School: Medina HS (Medina, OH)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

Of all the players on this list, Kaminski’s recruitment is the closest to being over.  Depending on your source, he is announcing a decision between MSU, Indiana, and OSU at either the end of June or July.  He has confessed that MSU is his preference right now and where he’s "looking to go."  Known for his versatility, Kenny could be seen as the next Raymar Morgan – a player who is equally effective in the post or on the perimeter.  He is a marksman out to 22 feet but also possess moves to work to the basket from the inside.  Kenny committed to Michigan State on July 31st, 2010. 

 

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JAVONTE HAWKINS
Ht: 6'4"
Wt: 185
School: Powers HS (Flint, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

Hawkins is in the running to be the top perimeter player in Michigan for his class.  Michigan basketball authority Steve Bell described him as "dominating" in May at the Michigan Memorial Classic.  Hawkins has an excellent jumpshot but will also catch eyes with his ability to attack the rim and finish. In addition to the big state schools, Hawkins could receive a large number of high profile suitors before he makes a decision.

 

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GARY HARRIS
Ht: 6'4
Wt: 170
School: Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, IN)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

Harris will probably be considered an elite national prospect by the time 2012 recruits are thoroughly ranked.  According to IndyHoops, he already has offers from Illinois, Notre Dame, Xavier, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Indiana, Ohio State, Butler, and others.  When asked about MSU, he said "It's a high interest, I like the school a lot.  I like Coach Izzo, I like the program and it's a great school and I'm very interested."  Harris is a major scorer and could develop a PG/combo game as the sort of player who controls the offense and demands the ball in his hands.  He received a lot of attention for a 36-point outburst at the Adidas May Classic.  Toughness is probably not a concern as Harris is also a football player and being considered by some as a potential dual sport athlete. According to Evan Daniels of Scout, MSU offered Gary a scholarship during an early June unofficial visit so one could presume him to be an MSU priority.

 

 

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DENZEL VALENTINE (MSU Verbal)
Ht: 6'5"
Wt: 205
School: Sexton HS (Lansing, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

 

A player with a high basketball IQ.  St8izGr8 of lifeinlansing.com watched him in multiple performances at SPIECE and made statements reminiscent of Draymond Green. St8 described Valentine as a real "basketball player" without a true position who a coach may be able to run his offense through even if DV isn’t naturally a guard.  Geoff Kimmerly, the Prep Sports Editor of the LSJ, ranked him the no. 2 Lansing area player for next season behind only LaDontae Henton, a senior.   According to multiple sources, Denzel was offered a scholarship by MSU at the beginning of August, 2010.

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J.P. TOKOTO (North Carolina Verbal)
Ht: 6'6"
Wt: 190
School: Menomonee Falls HS (Menomonee, WI)
Scout: ***** (No. 1 small forward)
Rivals: ***** (No. 4 player overall)

MSU’s earnest involvement with J.P. Tokoto is another piece of evidence to dispel the idea that Tom Izzo does not pursue "elite" five-star players.  J.P. is already considered a consensus Top 10 player in his class.  It’s been reported that MSU has made a commitment to recruit him with full-force, as has their arch nemesis North Carolina.  In addition to Harris and Kaminski, Tokoto is one of the players who already possesses an MSU offer.  J.P. has talked about a Summer 2011 decision and, in the meantime, he should be part of an active, national recruitment with all the usual suspects involved (Duke, UNC, Kentucky, etc.).  Everyone who sees him marvels at the smoothness and effortless looking athleticism with which he plays the game.  It is really something to watch.  Check out this video.  It’ll make you a believer.  

 

 

Bigs

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MATT COSTELLO (MSU Verbal)
Ht: 6'8"
Wt: 215
School: Western HS (Bay City, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked



Along with Jordan Hare, Costello is one of the top big men in the state of Michigan for his class.  Despite his reputation, it’s actually hard to find on-the-record information about his recruitment.  Interviews, scouting reports, etc. are limited.  I would expect that to change during his junior year because the word is already established that he’s a major big man prospect.  He may have legit range as well and nailed four 3pt shots and put up 30-17 in a loss to Saginaw Heritage last January.  After seeing him at the Motown Showdown, Sam "Da Chairman" Hosey described Costello as an "Agile, active big man [who] is very talented. Can score inside with his back to the basket but can step outside and do some damage, too. Really impressive filling the lane. Like all big men his age, Costello needs to add strength and grit but he's one of the state's best young big men."

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JORDAN HARE
Ht:6'8"
Wt: 210
School: Arthur Hill HS (Saginaw, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked


Watching Hare in action one notices his outrageous length.  His wingspan and athleticism have already made him a difference-maker on the defensive end.  The picture to the left is Jordan informing Trey Zeigler how he feels about TZ's shot attempt at the rim.  Hare was a major factor in Arthur Hill’s 2010 playoff run and established himself as a primetime player.  Earlier this Spring, he listed MSU, Kentucky, and Louisville as his top teams.  Could be 2012's Amir Williams - the long, athletic four-star big recruited nationally in the state of Michigan. 

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SEAN SHELDON
Ht: 6'8"
Wt: 195
School: St. Francis HS (Traverse City, MI)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked

More of a sleeper at this point, Steve Bell has mentioned him in the same sentence as Matt Costello which says something for one scout’s appraisal.  He has since popped up on the Scout and ESPN radars as well.  Someone to keep an ear out for and see what develops. 

 

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AUSTIN BURGETT (Notre Dame Verbal)
Ht: 6'8"
Wt: 210
School: Avon HS (Avon, IN)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked



Austin is being widely scouted across the Big Ten with offers still rolling in.  He appears to be the sort of borderline 3-star/4-star recruit that could either rise or fall during the next two years based on coaches' impression of him.  He is a fan of the MSU program and was on campus at least once last year.  A recent Rivals article alluded to MSU as one of his favorites.  You can watch him in action here

 

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MALIK LONDON
Ht: 6'8"
Wt: 195
School: Chillicothe HS (Chillicothe, OH)
Scout: unranked
Rivals: unranked


Malik is often described as a very "raw" athlete who is still growing into his body.  He plays for the high quality AAU squad Ohio All-Red so he should have plenty of opportunity for exposure.  If London can add strength and bulk to his frame in the next years, he can put his defensive skills to more use and elevate his status as a recruit.  He lists MSU as school who has been in contact.  Bonus points for awesome hair.  

This is a FanPost, written by a member of the TOC community. It does not represent the official positions of The Only Colors, Inc.--largely because we have no official positions.

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