Decision Day For Brandan Kearney On Tap

If Brandan Kearney puts on a Michigan State basketball hat and commits to the Spartans, what does it mean for the Michigan State recruiting class of 2011 and what domino effect could it have on the rest of the top juniors considering the Spartans. As always GSN goes deep to dig up the answers, Get INside to get the analysis.

DETROIT - It's almost here, Tuesday November 3rd is a day that has been saved by Spartans fans ever since Detroit Southeastern star guard Brandan Kearney announced he would make his collegiate decision.

Kearney had told Scout.com's Dave Telep just three days earlier, "Michigan State leads. Their coach, he's not only recruiting me, he's recruiting my family. That's his tactic and I think it's a great tactic," he said.

It doesn't appear that anything has happened to change that. If anything, MSU has strengthened its position after getting a verbal committment from five-star center Adriean Payne of Dayton (OH) Jefferson. So if indeed, Kearney does announce for MSU as is expected, what would it mean to the rest of the juniors in the class that are considering MSU?

One thing a commitment from Kearney does not do is eliminate a point guard from being in the class.

Kearney is versatile enough to play the 1, 2 or 3. He is silky smooth around the basket and a player who complements his teammates well. He does not need to have the ball in his hands to be effective, but is an asset when he does.

So it seems that either Jeremiah Davis of Muncie, (IN) or Patrick Lucas-Perry of Flint (MI) Powers Catholic could be a part of this class, but maybe not both.

MSU will consider strongly taking one small forward to fill the role by departing senior Raymar Morgan.

Maybe the role would be filled by Kearney or it could be an additional player from among Jakarr Sampson of Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary, Anton "Silky" Grady of Cleveland (OH) Catholic Central, Markus Crider of Huber Heights (OH) Wayne or LaDontae Henton of Lansing (MI) Eastern.

They most definitely will still select a big man and that could be either 6-foot-8 Tommie McCune of Saginaw (MI) or Amir Williams of Detroit Country Day.

One dark horse in the recruiting race is the growing interest by coaching staffs, including MSU's, in Sutton's Bay shooting guard Dwaun Anderson.

Anderson hasn't been seen much by those in the know because of not playing in a typical hoops hotbed like Detroit, Flint, Battle Creek or even Saginaw. Sutton's Bay, MI is just north of Traverse City. But those who have seen him swear he's among the top players, if not the top player in the State of Michigan.

The class looks like it could be as many as four players and if Kearney pulls the trigger for MSU on Tuesday, it will definitely give them a solid nucleus from which to build upon.


Spartan Digest Top Stories