Izzo in Orlando scouring talent

With one scholarship in his hip pocket due to the early departure of guard Shannon Brown, MSU head coach Tom Izzo is in Orlando, FL scouting for talent at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

With one scholarship in his hip pocket due to the early departure of guard Shannon Brown, MSU head coach Tom Izzo is in Orlando, FL scouting for talent at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex.

The object of Izzo's attention appears to be Lake Howells small forward Chandler Parsons, a 6-foot-7, 185 pound swingman from Winter Park, FL.

MSU has seldom ventured into the Sunshine State for recruits but that is changing as Izzo seems to be widening his reach across the nation and especially into the south.

The coach successfully pried 6-foot-8, Idong Ibok away from Florida State two seasons ago. Ibok, a native of Nigeria spent his prep school days at Monteverde Academy but has had limited success at the next level.

More recently Izzo nabbed rising star Chris Allen of Norcross, GA., one of the nation's top recruits out from the clutches of Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt. Allen was a member of the 2006 USA Under 18 squad which one the America's group.

Parsons is really rising up the charts with great performances over the summer and is aware of the presence of top collegiate coaches but Izzo was the name that came to the forefront.

"It's kind of nuts when I'm out on the court and Tom Izzo [Michigan State coach] is looking right at me," said Parsons to the Orlando Sentinel.

He continued "I'm not just out there trying to impress people. I'm playing to win. But you can't help seeing the college coaches." Izzo may be wanting to turn the tables on Florida coach Billy Donovan who has made forays into the talent rich Michigan area including landing 6-foot-8, Al Horford of Grand Ledge, a player Izzo coveted. It didn't hurt that 6-foot-4 guard O.J. Mayo, the consensus number one player in the nation was also in attendance. Mayo has MSU on his short list of schools.


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