Michigan State is currently in the Big Ten driver's seat at 24-6, with several other teams vying for shotgun in the conference. They also have viability as a potential top seed in that basketball tournament that begins sometime soon, if I am not mistaken.
This is a team frontloaded with young players. Although they will lose their leading scorer and rebounder, currently played by the same man—Draymond Green—due to seniority, they have sustenance and an influx of complimentary youths for 2012.
In a class that features commitments from two 4-star players, Matt Costello and Kenny Kaminski, the sparkle of the Spartans' 2012 class surely belongs to 5-star recruit Gary Harris out of the Hoosier state.
Harris is ranked by Scout.com as the top shooting guard in the class, going on to say that, “One of the elite talents in the class, Harris has the ability to be special.” Additionally, ESPN has him at No. 11 on their Top 100 list. Harris is the answer to the question of how exactly an elite team remains elite—they do so by adding players of his caliber to an already thriving, young and talented team.