Is Michigan State's Tom Izzo Recruiting the Right Way to Win NCAA Titles?

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Is Michigan State's Tom Izzo Recruiting the Right Way to Win NCAA Titles?
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Tom Izzo has landed 5-star talent during the past years, but is it the right type to win a title with?

Although Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo has been to six Final Fours, he hasn't won a national championship since 2000, the year that the Mateen Cleaves-led Flintstones took out the Florida Gators in Indianapolis. 

Strong guard play from Cleaves, a Flint Northern legend, was most definitely the catalyst for the Spartans' success. 

In years past, a true point man has been the driving force behind Michigan State's tournament runs. Former greats like Drew Neitzel, Kalin Lucas and Cleaves epitomized an Izzo point man. 

But since Lucas, the Spartans haven't really had a pure 1-guard to speak of, unless you count Keith Appling, who many view as more of a natural shooting guard

Recruiting has ramped up for the Spartans, who have landed highly touted preps like Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, Shannon Brown and Jason Richardson during Izzo's tenure. 

Brown and Richardson were dynamic scorers. Harris, a superb defender, also has the touch to find the bottom of the basket at will. And Payne, well, he's on track to be a surefire player of the year candidate in 2013-14 should he remain with the Spartans. 

Getting talent to his program has never really been a problem for Izzo. Securing the 5-stars of the world doesn't always happen, but Izzo often molds perceived lesser into immensely talented collegiate leaders. 

So why haven't the Spartans won a national championship since 2000? Does Izzo need to revamp his recruiting approach? Has Michigan State lost its luster to the high-end prospects? 

In this slideshow, we'll examine Izzo's recruiting and evaluate whether the Spartans are getting the right men for the job. 

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