Michigan State 2015 rankings breakdown

A lot has been made of the relative struggles for Michigan State on the recruiting trail the past few seasons, but already things are off to a very good start in 2015. Michigan State has one commitment and is in a good position with several other top targets. Here is a look at those prospects and where they stack up in the most recent 2015 rankings update.

Prior to this spring Deyonta Davis hadn't been evaluated by Scout.com, but clearly he made an impression with his play with Spiece Indy Heat. Now Davis is a four-star prospect and No. 35 overall. He was kept out of the five-star territory because he can be very up and down in terms of production, but still he has star potential with his combination of athleticism, size, and skill. Now the question is can he continue to improve and understand the game more to capitalize on those incredible physical gifts.

Darn near in the commitment column for the Spartans is Kyle Ahrens. Ahrens is on a visit to Michigan State currently and the Spartans are heavy leaders. Now Ahrens did fall from No. 83 to just outside of the top 100, but he remained a four-star prospect.

One of the complicating things with Ahrens is that he really should have sat the spring out. He didn't perform to his ability, but it was clear he wasn't close to 100 percent after a leg injury forced him to miss most of his high school season, so while he didn't have a good spring, there was a legitimate reason as to why. It will be interesting to see how he plays during the month of July.

Along with Davis and Ahrens, clearly the Spartans are trying to add more firepower to the backcourt going after some of the top guards in the country in Jalen Brunson, Eric Davis, Jalen and Coleman.

Of that group, Coleman and Davis stayed fairly steady and rank No. 31 and No. 32 respectively in the class. Coleman showed off his big time shooting ability with All-Ohio and that kept him in the high four-star range while Davis stayed the exact same and showed his ability to score, as well as a bit of an improvement as a point guard with his decision making.

Brunson however made a big move up the rankings. He moved from No. 35 to No. 17, and went from a four-star to a five-star prospect. Brunson is the best pure point guard in the class, and that combined with his high level shooting made him someone who had to get a bump into the top 20 and earn a five-star rating. His upside might be slightly limited because he doesn't have elite size or athleticism, but his feel for the game and scoring ability make him one of the best in the country.

The Spartans are also looking to close strong in the frontcourt with a center to put next to Davis, and the two that really jump out are Henry Ellenson and Caleb Swanigan.

Both are new to the five-star ranks in the 2015 class. Swanigan came over from the 2016 class and makes his debut at No. 12. As one of the best low post scorers in the class, Swanigan is ultra-productive and has the tools to be an excellent college basketball player. Add in that he is a tremendous rebounder, and there is no doubt he was in the mix for a spot in the top 10.

Ellenson made a huge jump up the rankings from No. 62 to No. 7, and obviously went from a four-star to a five-star prospect. He did that on the strength of an excellent spring where his inside-out game was on full display. Ellenson has the ability to score down low, and then also is an excellent shooter and ball handler for his size allowing him to take advantage of whoever is guarding him.

Overall Michigan State is off to a great start to things, and if a few other commits go there way they could be in the mix for a top 10 class when things are all said and done.


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