Montaque 'Teki' Gill-Caesar Will Visit Michigan State Spartans

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIJanuary 22, 2014

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team Canadaplayer Mantaque Caesar-Gill (8) dribbles the ball against Team USA East player Khadeen Carrington (7) during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans could lose shooting guard Gary Harris to the NBA draft, and one recruit who could help replace him is Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar.

A 6'5" shooting guard from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), Caesar is one of the top prospects in the class of 2015, but he is contemplating a move to the 2014 class. 

The Spartans offered Gill-Caesar a scholarship in November and have remained in contact with him ever since in the event he does reclassify. 

As of now, the aforementioned Harris is projected as a top-10 NBA draft pick, according to Draft Express, so it could be hard for him to bypass a shot at being an NBA lottery pick. 

That would leave the Spartans with Denzel Valentine as the only reliable shooting guard, making Gill-Caesar even more important if he does reclassify. 

According to writer Adam Zagoria, Gill-Caesar has recently confirmed he'll visit Michigan State soon, though he's still undecided on reclassifying: 

.@TekiHWBT confirms to @SNYtv that his next visit will be to Michigan State..No date set..May still reclass to 2014.

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 22, 2014

He's been contemplating reclassifying to the '14 class for some time now, and if he does, the Spartans, along with the Kentucky Wildcats and home-state West Virginia Mountaineers, would likely be his top schools.

Teki has already visited the Wildcats and Mountaineers, so the Spartans need to get him on their campus ASAP if they want to have a realistic shot at landing him.

He ranks among the top 25 players in most major recruiting services. He's No. 24 in Rivals' rankings and No. 19 in ESPN's rankings.

If this come downs to a Tom Izzo vs. John Calipari battle for Gill-Caesar's services, one has to feel good about Izzo's chances. 

Two star players on this year's Michigan State team, center Adreian Payne and Gary Harris, were recruited heavily by UK, but both players ended up joining the Spartans. 

If Gill-Caesar does join this year's class, he will be highly sought after, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see other elite programs enter the sweepstakes for his services. 


Jason Marcum is a student in the B/R advanced sports media program. You can find more of his work at Stripe Hype and follow him on Twitter @UK_Fans.