The Spartans currently have an outstanding starting point guard in Kalin Lucas and another potentially great player on the way in Detroit Pershing point guard Keith Appling, who has already committed to the Green-and-White.
MSU is keeping their collective eyes peeled for the next generation of top guard prospects and has uncovered Dearborn Heights Robichaud sophomore point guard Ray Lee.
"Well, the way I became known to them was at my first open gym at my school, assistant coach Mark Montgomery came and watched me play I guess and I was doing pretty good. He told Coach Izzo and that's pretty much how I became known to them." Lee averaged 14.5 points and 5.4 assists for Robichaud last year as a freshman and the expectations are for more as a sophomore. Lee is already drawing interest from schools such as Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Syracuse, Florida, Wake Forest and Miami, FL., and played well for the 16-under AAU squad Team Detroit.
How is Lee drawing the notice of such schools so soon? "I guess it's because of how I did in AAU ball, but that's funny because I only played in two tournaments in AAU because I've been injured, most of the summer."
Lee says, his AAU coach, Paul Carmona, has been very helpful in his recruitment. "They (send me letters or they) talk to Coach Paul and get in contact with him."
Heading into his sophomore season, he says he is working hard to improve his vertical leaping ability and he has a single team and individual goal: getting to the Breslin Center to play in the State Finals.
"Ok, last year, we had a good chance to get to the Breslin Center through our bracket, but we lost to Inkster High and they made it to the Breslin Center. We lost to them by three, so my expectations are high. I want us to go to the Breslin."
If this top 2012 talent continues to make strides going forward, don't count the Bulldogs out of a East Lansing appearance.