Lucious Makes Early Commitment

Korie Lucious, a Top 50 2008 prospect, is headed to the Big Ten. After a weekend visit, the Milwaukee guard made his decision.

Michigan State pretty much had Korie Lucious surrounded. From the player's relationship with Dwayne Stephens to the respect factor the family has for Tom Izzo, it came as no surprise when the Spartans secured an early commitment this weekend.

``Me and my parents had been talking about it for a while now," Lucious said. "I talk to Coach Izzo a lot and it was really kind of an easy decision for me."

``He's been recruiting me since the seventh grade and offered me in the eighth grade," he added. "Knowing he had Kalin Lucas coming in next year and the fact the he still wanted me showed how much he respects my game."

Lucious, ranked the No. 47 prospect in the Class of 2008 by, is likely to play both guard slots for Izzo and the Spartans. He was in town for the Notre Dame-Michigan State football game as was No. 5 junior Delvon Roe.

"We sat down and talked and we didn't want to deal with anymore smooth calling," Lucious' father Antoine Brazil said.

The younger Lucious said that Florida and Georgetown were the other schools he was seriously considering.

Back when Stephens was an assistant at Marquette the foundation for the recruitment was laid. When Stephens left Milwaukee for East Lansing he kept in touch with the then Milwaukee King standout. This year, Lucious will play at Pius XI.

When Lucious was early into his high school career he made a trip to East Lansing. It was then that Izzo communicated to the young guard that a scholarship would always be available there for him.

"That coming from a person and as a father, I respect that. I told them that he was young but as a junior he might make a decision. What I really respect is that even after a great Class of 2007 he still went after Korie and I can respect that. He and Chris Allen hit it off great."

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