Michigan State Basketball: Tom Izzo's Ideal 2013 Recruiting Class

Matt OveringContributor IIISeptember 4, 2012

Spartan head coach Tom Izzo on the recruiting trail with USC's Kevin O'Neill.
Spartan head coach Tom Izzo on the recruiting trail with USC's Kevin O'Neill.Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

The Michigan State Spartans have offered scholarships to a grand total of four players in the 2013 recruiting class: Jabari Parker, James Young, Demetrius Jackson and Johnathan Williams III.

Other targets for Michigan State include local small forward Byron Zeigler and Chicago talent Thomas Hamilton, Jr.

Derrick Nix is the only Spartan that is scheduled to leave East Lansing after the 2012-13 season out of the 12 scholarship players for Michigan State.

Per NCAA rules, each team is allotted 13 scholarships. With no transfers or premature departures to the NBA, head coach Tom Izzo will carry 11 scholarship players over to the 2013-14 season.

That's two available scholarships Izzo will have at his disposal for the 2013 recruiting class—and he's given out four scholarships.

Of course, Izzo knows what he is doing. It is highly unlikely that Michigan State lands all four recruits, and there's a chance of a player transfer or a early NBA exit. So what is his ideal pair of players for the 2013 class? 

There is one player that is, by most accounts, the most attractive single player in the 2013 class: Jabari Parker. Parker is the one that Izzo wants, the one that Michigan State fans need and the one that could single-handedly make the 2013 recruiting class great

Parker is down to a "top ten" of sorts, one that includes BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford.

Not a bad short list.

Michigan State has been rumored to be in the top three for Parker's services for some time. His playing style fits perfectly with Izzo's system, he would start immediately and would immediately make the Spartans a contender for a national title. 

Parker will (hopefully) make his decision this fall. His decision will create a ripple effect in the recruiting scene, forcing his classmates to reevaluate their college choices. If he chose Michigan State, their 2013 class would be nearly complete.

Demetrius Jackson would be a fitting compliment to Parker, but did not mention the Spartans in his recent interview with Kyle Neddenriep of IndyStar.com.

James Young, a Michigan native, would be a lovely addition on offense for Izzo's crew. Unfortunately, Kentucky seems to be the clear front-runner for his commitment. 

Which leaves Johnathan Williams III as the only remaining option (that has received a scholarship offer) for the 2013 class. Williams III has yet to trim his list and has a long list of suitors.

He'd be battling Parker, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne and others for playing time in his first season at Michigan State. That may be a turnoff, but it could also be seen as a great opportunity. Izzo is a great developer of talent, and Williams III would be hard-pressed to find a school with better title odds than MSU, if Parker committed. 

Should Parker commit elsewhere, Michigan State is that much more attractive to Williams III. He would become a top priority for Izzo if Parker did not choose to be a Spartan.

Izzo has a very flexible situation at hand. Michigan State does not need another player for their 2013-14 team (if everyone stays). Any additions would benefit the program for the future, none more so than Parker. 

The "dream class" in 2013 for Michigan State would come to life if Parker chose Michigan State.