2015 Rankings Breakdown: Michigan State

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with Michigan State targets.

Michigan State is looking for a big 2015 recruiting class after some high profile misses in 2013 and 2014. Already the Spartans have an in-state pledge from Deyonta Davis. Unfortunately at this point we haven't had a chance to evaluate Davis, and thus couldn't justify giving him a ranking. Davis however should be seen, barring weather, over the weekend and at that point a greater sense of what he is, and how he plays will be known, though all indications are he is a very talented power forward.

Two other in-state targets that the Spartans are high on are Eric Davis and Trevor Manuel. Davis stayed as a four-star prospect, but fell slightly from No. 22 to No. 32. Basically others around Davis really stepped their games up, more so than Davis did anything to fall. Still he is seen in the same vein as he was before the season. Manuel on the other hand went up slightly from No. 37 overall to No. 33.

Manuel is beginning to get more aggressive as a player rebounding wise, and continues to have the athleticism, skill, and length to be big time down the road. With a bump in his production, he got a modest bump up in the rankings as well.

There is no doubt that the Spartans are looking to add a post, and Diamond Stone and Henry Ellenson are two of the key targets. Stone fell from No. 2 to No. 3 because of the rise of Ivan Rabb, but he clearly is still a legit elite prospect. Ellenson also stayed in the same range with a slight dip going from No. 53 to No. 62. The overall question with Ellenson is his mobility, and how he will run the floor in college, but he is still big, has very good hands, and can rebound and score on the low block.

One player to especially watch is Teki Gill Caesar. Gill Caesar checks in at No. 19 on this list, but there is a very good chance he will re-classify to the 2014 class, and Michigan State has done a good job of getting in a solid position with him. Right on the cusp of five-star status, Gill Caesar is athletic, can score from deep, and is solid off the bounce. He would go a long way to solidifying things on the wing for the Spartans.

Speaking of wings, Michigan State is heavily involved with both Charles Matthews and Jalen Coleman. An injury limited Matthews this season, however he only fell one spot from No. 14 to No. 15. Matthews is a talented guard who can do a little bit of everything, but his production will be closely monitored in the spring as at times he can have a bit more style than substance.

The Spartans have done an excellent job early on with Coleman, and now Coleman finds himself in the top 25 up from No. 33 at the last update. The reason for the bump has been Coleman's consistency shooting the basketball as well as an improvement with his handle and understanding.

It isn't a great class for point guards, but the Spartans are clearly involved with one of the best in Jalen Brunson. Brunson fell from the No. 2 point guard to No. 3, but his overall ranking was mostly unchanged and he checks in at No. 35 overall. IQ, passing, toughness, and the ability to make shots define Brunson as a player, though he is outside of five-star status because of a limited amount of size and athleticism.

Overall this is a big and important class for Michigan State. Already they are off to a quick start with Deyonta Davis, and there is potential to add a lot more.


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