DETROIT, MI -- With the 2008 recruiting class of Cleveland St. Edwards' (OH) Delvon Roe, Milwaukee St. Pius' (WI) Korie Lucious and Saginaw's (MI) Draymond Green heading for campus this fall and the 2009 verbals of Kenton (OH)'s Garrick Sherman and Detroit Pershing (MI)'s Derrick Nix, the Spartans surely are reloading with talent.
That being the case, is it too early too look down the road to prospect at the junior-to-be level? While these players have years to grown and mature, some are already exhibiting talent and court saavy beyond their years.
GSN takes a look at six players who have the potential to be special who also have MSU interest:
6. Trey Zeigler, G, Mount Pleasant (MI)
You may not know much about Zeigler now, but you will. Playing for the Michigan Mustangs on the AAU Circuit, this season after starring for Team Detroit last year, Zeigler is already drawing raves.
At 6-foot-5, the young swingman is projected as a "major prospect" by Scout.com's Dave Telep and is already drawing interest from MSU. He's a bit under the radar after transferring in from Los Angeles were he ran with the AAU Westchester (CA) Wildcats.
The son of CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler will get much more interest as he settles in with his new AAU team, the Michigan Mustangs. Zeigler has an offer from his dad's CMU Chips
5. Mohamed Conde, F, Belleville (MI)
Conde first raised eyebrows at the Izzo Shootout last year when he locked up All-American Delvon Roe for a short period. He continues to draw looks, including from Michigan State as a defensive stopper with an expanding all-around game.
At 6-foot-7, Conde has the potential to be something special as he grows and learns the game. He continues to grow his game with the Common Bond squad on the AAU circuit and as he continues to improve, his game bears watching.
4. Alex Guana, F, Eaton Rapids (MI)
Guana and teammate LaDontae Henton have given opponents fits playing with the Michigan Mustangs on the AAU circuit. Already 6-foot-8, Guana is drawing interest from colleges across the country.
Guana reminds you instantly of current MSU forward Goran Suton because of his ability to face up and shoot the 15-footer while also doing work on the interior.
Guana could top out at over 6-foot-10, so he is a prospect that MSU has to keep tabs on early and not allow to be locked up by a lesser program while they evaluate his potential. Michigan is reported to be strongly interested.
3.Jon Horford, F, Grand Ledge
The brother of Florida and Atlanta Hawks star Al Horford and son of former Miami standout Tito Horford, Jon is moving up the food chain of recruiting faster than you can say 'supersize it'.
Horford is tall and wiry, but expect him (6-foot-6, 180-pound) to fill out and become nearly as big as his (6-foot-10, 245-pound) brother. Already adept at shot-blocking and rebounding, and scoring in the paint, Horford is ready to take the next step and begin "taking over games," according to coach Tony Sweet.
MSU didn't land Tito and nearly missed with Al; Is the third time a charm?
2.Justin Martin, F, Lawrence (IN) North
Already 6-foot-7 and running with the Spiece Gym Rats, Martin is tracking to be one of the nation's top players in 2010.
Martin's extremely long wing span has him drawing comparison's to Tayshaun Prince defensively and has an ever-improving offensive game.
He is a slasher who can get to the basket and has the athleticism to either dunk or finger roll to finish. Watch for the Spartans to put the full court press on Martin in an attempt to lock him up when he enters his junior season.
1. Keith Appling, G, Detroit Pershing
Everyone knows about Appling and his ability to run a team, execute the offense and score when needed.
Appling 6-foot-2, 165-pounds, is currently starring with another high MSU (football) prospect, Orchard Lake St. Mary's Dion Sims on the R.E.A.C.H. Legends AAU squad.
Appling seems to really like Michigan State and the fact they got a verbal commitment from his teammate Derrick Nix, doesn't hurt. In fact, Appling and Michigan State seem like a perfect match.
He reminds me of a young Isaiah Thomas - not bad for a 15 year old. As he grows, gets more mature and works on his game, you can see him being the next in a nice line of Spartans point guards.
Don't look for any offers to sophomores just yet, MSU has some work to do yet in it's 2009 class, but its fun to look ahead to the next generation.
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