July Recruiting Preview: Michigan State
The busiest month of the year for college coaches and high school prospects is upon us. Every Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month will involve players and coaches crisscrossing the country playing in some of the top basketball events around. Here is a look at what the Michigan State coaches will be up to during July. Already the Michigan State Spartans are off to a tremendous start in the 2016 class. Tom Izzo and his staff have already reeled in two big time commitments. One is from All-Ohio Red four-star center Nick Ward, and the other is five-star wing Josh Langford. Langford will be participating with the Atlanta Celtics at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale and Ward will be at the Best of the South event in Atlanta during the first period. With two already in the fold, the Spartans are focused on two other Michigan natives to fill out their class, and they happen to be teammates. Miles Bridges, a big time athlete on the wing, and Cassius Winston, a high level point guard are the top targets for the Spartans remaining. Both Winston and Bridges are considered to have the Spartans in the top two in their recruitment, and it is pretty safe to assume that Izzo will be paying very close attention to the team all July long, especially at the Peach Jam. While Winston is the main focus at point guard, it is likely that Izzo and his staff take a long look at Xavier Simpson of King James. Simpson is someone who really likes the Spartans, and could be playing for a scholarship offer at the Peach Jam. If he gets one, Michigan State becomes the leader in the recruitment. Beyond those guys, five-star elite prospect Josh Jackson will also get a look from the Spartans. Michigan State is hanging around in the recruitment though this is expect to be a long and drawn out battle. Jackson will be at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Charlotte. While 2016 clearly will have the majority of the attention from the coaching staff, the 2017 class will also have some players getting looks. A pair of in-state prospects headline things for the Spartans in 2017. Xavier Tillman and Brian Bowen both play for the Michigan Mustangs and both will be at the Gauntlet Finale. Also look for the Spartans to take a look at Indianapolis natives Paul Scruggs and Kris Wilkes who will be at the Under Armour All-American Camp. Other prospects will definitely emerge, and potentially even become priority recruits for the Spartans, but at least to start this is who it looks like will have their attention as things get going in July.
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