The Michigan State Spartans identified Thomas Kithier during the month of June as a player they wanted after competing at their team camp, and that work along with tracking him during the month of July led to a commitment on Thursday.
The 6-foot-7 Kithier also had an offer from DePaul and interest from Michigan and Xavier. However once the Spartans offered they became extremely difficult to beat in this recruitment.
"It was everything that stuck out," said Kithier of his decision. "It is just one big family. Whenever I go there I get a big family feel. It is a school I have always watched and loved growing up, and this is like a dream come true."
While he isn't the biggest power forward in the world, Kithier does fit in with the new age of basketball and how the position is being used. He has enough skill to stretch the floor and be a threat both off the dribble and with his shot out to 18 feet, and then he also can move his feet well enough to guard on the perimeter, and is a very good athlete who finishes on the low block over taller players.
"Coach Izzo told me I could play multiple positions and I think they fit my style of play," said Kithier. "I still have to keep working but I think this is the perfect style for me and that I fit in perfectly."
Kithier made an unofficial visit to Michigan State on Tuesday, and on that visit he met with Tom Izzo and the staff, and made the decision to pick the school.
This is a solid first commitment for Izzo and his staff in the class of 2018.