Blue Collar '11 Guard Sees MM at Breslin

With two down for 2010, Spartan head coach Tom Izzo and the MSU basketball staff have already begun targeting student-athletes for 2011. Carlton Brundidge, of Southfield, has made an early impression and tells GSN about his trip back to the 1960's on his visit during Midnight Madness.

When you're maintaining an elite program, it's never too early to target talented guards.

The Spartans are nearly finished with recruiting for 2009, likely taking only one more player in the class. And State has already gotten off to a fine 2010 class with the commitments of Detroit Pershing guard Keith Appling and Ft. Wayne, Ind., standout Russell Byrd, so why not get started with the class of 2011?

There has been a lot of talk about Detroit Southeastern's Brandon Kearney, but there is another guard in the Detroit area that is garnering a lot of attention — Carlton Brundidge.

Besides Michigan State, the Southfield High School sophomore is receiving interest from several other Division 1 schools. Brundidge is extremely talented and listed at 6-foot-1, 175-pounds, but he is a team player and doesn't play a finesse game.

"I like to be strong in everything I do … I like to get my teammates involved before I get involved," he told GSN recently.

Brundidge was on campus last weekend for Midnight Madness and the football game. He says everyone treated him very well, and he especially liked the atmosphere.

"I got a chance to see them practice and I really liked it," he says. "It went real well."

Brundidge's play as a freshman on the Blue Jays' varsity, as well as his play for Durand "Speedy" Walker's AAU program The Family, has the Spartans, as well as three other Midwestern schools, recruiting him the hardest.

Brundidge says that Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, and Iowa are showing the strongest interest, though he does not have any offers yet. Currently his leaders are Michigan and Michigan State. Brundidge says that there are a couple of reasons why the Spartans are presently at the top of his list.

"How they play. They play as a group," he says. "They go hard every play, they don't take any plays off."

The support group that will help Brundidge make his college decision consists of his Father, who has always been nothing less than rigid with his son, his older brother, who was the starting point guard for Detroit Country Day for the last couple of years, one of his assistant coaches, and his sister, who was a swimmer for the University of Michigan.

Brundidge says that he would like to make a decision by the end of his junior season.

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