It should be noted that this post is pure speculation and posted only to develop conversations about the topic and get input from those with possibly some more insight than I.
It's no secret that MSU's 2013 basketball recruiting has been a complete bust. While looking back on some research, I came across a few internet articles from late summer/early fall saying that MSU could be bringing in its best class ever. Now, after Parker, Young, and Williams chose to go elsewhere, we were the ones left without a chair when the music stopped. Seemed like we were everyone's 2nd choice, but there is nothing to show for second place in the world of recruiting.
But could MSU possibly have a 2nd chance? I eluded to this briefly in a post during the Wisconsin preview thread. Frank Haith of Missouri could be in some big trouble, enough trouble that he might not be coaching next season. Johnathan Williams III probably couldn't help but feel like MSU's backup plan knowing how hard Izzo was persuing Parker. We got Day-Day after Tubby Smith left Kentucky, could we get JWIII if Haith is dismissed. Williams has signed a letter of intent at Missouri, so someone more knowledgeable than I will have to comment on that process and if its something that can be overcome.
I'll admit that prior to Parker's decision to attend Duke I was following every post about him daily. Since that time I've really had no reason to check on any updates about him. Here's a thought though. Could Parker back out of the Duke commitment? I know, I know, its a long shot, but there could be a chance. Parker committed at a time when he couldn't sign a letter of intent and even stated that he wanted to keep his options open because he didn't know how teams would change as the season went on, or maybe even possibly how he would feel months after making that commitment. At the time Parker committed to Duke, they were the hottest team in the country, beating top 5 teams Kentucky, Louisville, and Ohio State, while MSU had an impressive win against Kansas, but had a mediocre start and wasn't getting national headlines. Before Parker's decision, many analysts thought that while Duke and Coach K are a great recruiting force, they speculated that Parker may be making his decision based on the state of Duke's team at that moment. Since then, those Duke wins don't look nearly as impressive and Duke has lost 2 out of 3 including a blow-out loss at Miami. MSU's schedule only gets tougher from here, but a few wins and this team could be well secured in the Top 10 and surging. (Thus garnering more media attention)
Another thing to consider is Ryan Kelly's
health. Kelly is currently out "indefinetly". Now this is purely speculation, but if Kelly were to miss the rest of the year, could he redshirt? Now Kelly is 6'11" and doesn't play the exact position that Parker does, but is a forward that plays inside-out and would be getting 30+ minutes a night. You combine that with 6'8" forward Rodney Hood
who is redshirting this year due to transfer rules, other returners Josh Hairston
, Alex Murphy
, Amile Jefferson
, and Marshall Plumlee
, and finally incoming 6'6" top 50 recruit Semi Ojeleye, you could get a real log-jam for minutes from the forwards. It's clear that MSU has a better opportunity for Parker to see the floor, and see it often. I will admit that Parker has never seemed the type to go back on a commitment, but Izzo told Parker that whether or not he chooses MSU, they will always have a relationship. Perhaps if Izzo has continued to build that relationship even after Parker's commitment, we could get lucky.