The Michigan State Spartans have scored their first basketball commitment in the Class of 2017.
On Thursday, five-star forward Jaren Jackson Jr. announced his pledge to Michigan State:
This recruitment really took a turn over the weekend thanks to a strong push from Spartans head coach Tom Izzo. Maryland and Purdue were viewed as the team’s to beat just last week.
However, Izzo reportedly visited Jackson on Sunday after going into the Hall of Fame on Friday. That meeting was what helped seal the deal with Jackson, as he ultimately would commit four days later.
A 6-10 Jackson out of La Lumiere School (IN) is ranked by the 247 Sports Composite as the No. 22 player in the country and the No. 7 power forward.
If that school sounds familiar, it’s because La Lumiere School has several Michigan State recruits. Getting Jackson now undoubtedly helps the Spartans’ position with guys like Xavier Tillman, Brian Bowen and Tyger Campbell.
But more importantly, Jackson could be part of a monster 2017-18 Michigan State team if Miles Bridges, Josh Langford, Cassius Winston and Nick Ward all return for a second year of college basketball.
Here is an excerpt of ESPN’s scouting report of Jackson:
His long frame, athletic ability with deep shooting range and accuracy make him an ideal stretch power forward. Not only can he make open shots from deep and the mid range he can defend his position. His jumper sets up his straight line drive game which is hard for opposing big men to stop. Put him in the post - especially the right block - and he can deliver a basket with an impressive lefty jump hook or a turnaround jumper.
A big man who can score in the transition game at the rim or behind the arc is rare. He is a pick and pop deluxe big man. Jackson has also demonstrated the instincts to rebound and start the break. He is a major scoring threat from anywhere on the floor.
And here are some highlights of the newest Spartan in action: