Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Latest Updates on Spartans' 2015 Targets
Thus far, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has a pair of promising prospects occupying his two-man 2015 recruiting class, per 247Sports: Deyonta Davis, the No. 5-ranked center; and Kyle Ahrens, the No. 40-ranked shooting guard.
According to VerbalCommits.com, Izzo has room for a complement to his 6'8", 205-pound 4-star big and 3-star, nearly 6'6", 200-pound marksman. But who will it be?
This slideshow will provide the latest updates on things such as visits, new offers and/or "lean" status for Izzo's top 2015 targets.
*Serving as a guide unless otherwise noted, 247Sports' database will be used for player information.
Caleb Swanigan (6'8", 265 Lbs; 5-Star C)
If you want my humble opinion, I think Caleb Swanigan is a mix of a healthy Delvon Roe, an efficient Marquise Gray and a physical Derrick Nix.
Of course, due to his pure athleticism and size, Swanigan, the No. 4-ranked center of 2015, could be compared to a lot of different big men. But he certainly possesses shades of Roe, Gray and Nix.
The Fort Wayne Homestead 5-star has "warmer" interest in Michigan State, per 247Sports. During mid-June, Swanigan said that he didn't necessarily have a favorite, although there is a large contingent which sees him committing to Izzo.
Deyonta Davis, who's already on board, is Swanigan's AAU teammate. That connection fuels some of the Swanigan-to-East Lansing speculation.
Back in February, he took an unofficial visit to Michigan State. Since then, he's picked up offers from Kentucky (July 21), Stanford and Kansas. Add those to a list that's grown to about 20 invites.
Generally speaking, it's difficult not to see the Spartans as the front-runners.
However, Izzo has fallen out of contention with a few high-profilers during the past couple of years, most notably Jabari Parker and Cliff Alexander, so don't assume Swanigan is in the bag.
Due to an improved skill set, potential suitors are now paying closer attention. Swanigan plans to narrow his list to "eight or 10" schools sometime soon. The Spartans should make the cut, but don't rule out Kansas or Kentucky.
Kansas lured Alexander away from Izzo. No one is safe from the grips of the Jayhawks.
5-star Caleb Swanigan also discuss plans for cutting his list, how many teams likely will make it, his key criteria. http://t.co/5Jazz0OYcA— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) August 1, 2014
Caleb Swanigan has improved conditioning, strength, footwork, ball-handling, and shooting. Showing 3-point range this summer.— Brett R Rump (@IndianaWebSport) July 31, 2014
Trevor Manuel (6'9", 215 Lbs; 4-Star PF)
The former Lansing resident has been on Izzo's radar for years. The familiarity factor could now really come into play for the 4-star power forward who, according to reports, plans to transfer from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia to finish basketball in the Great Lakes State.
According to 247Sports, Manuel is the No. 87-ranked prospect of 2015 and the No. 19-ranked 4. At 6'9" and 215 pounds, he appeals to teams looking for lengthy, physical scorers.
The recruiting services say he has "warm" interest in Michigan State. It also indicates an unofficial visit to Michigan on March 8.
The accompanying video is more than a year old, but it gives a rough idea of what Manuel could be in the near future. The late high school years are prime time for development. Improvement can be rapid and easy to see.
With that being said, if you like what you see in the video, you should love what's to come once he hits college.
Jalen Brunson (6'1.5", 190 Lbs; 5-Star PG)
At first glance, Brunson somewhat reminds me of former Michigan star Trey Burke—except he's slightly taller.
Like Burke, Brunson has a quick release and little fear. He seems to be in high gear all the time, which is an excellent trait for a dangerous scorer and playmaking facilitator to possess.
His ability to stop and change direction on a whim is impressive. So is his range and dexterity.
Per 247Sports, he has "warm" interest in Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois, Villanova and Temple, which was once considered the front-runner.
However, due to sexual assault charges being levied against his father, who was thought to be the Owl's next coach, the situation has taken a turn, per 247Sports' Jerry Meyer:
Eric Davis (6'3", 172 Lbs; 4-Star SG)
At one time, Eric Davis was considered the best prep of 2015 in Michigan. Per 247Sports, he's up to No. 2 on that list, but he remains of high priority for Izzo, who has been keen on the Saginaw Arthur Hill star for at least two years.
According to Scout.com's Mike Wilson, the Spartans have a strong connection with the No. 7-ranked shooting guard in the country, which is a good thing.
Wilson also notes that Izzo remains in good standing with Montaque Gill-Caesar—who could have joined the 2014 class—and Jalen Coleman, another high-rated player named Jalen who's caught the eye of Michigan State and Michigan, among others.
Michigan State still is in on some good guards in the 2015 class in Jalen Brunson, Jalen Coleman, Eric Davis and Teki Gill-Caesar, too.— Mike Wilson (@MikeWScout) June 9, 2014
Since taking an unofficial visit to East Lansing in January, Davis has fielded offers from Florida, Texas, UCLA, Stanford, Georgetown and Maryland.
However, he has "warm" interest in the Spartans, says 247Sports. But don't expect a decision any time soon.
Davis, who is gaining attention due to strong summer play, still has plenty of research to do and other options to consider.
2015 target RT “@NGSports: Getting word that Arthur Hill guard Eric Davis is doing a fantastic job in Colorado Springs with USA Basketball!”— Spartan Recruits (@MSU_Recruiting) July 26, 2014
Point Guard Eric Davis to Visit UCLA, UNLV; UConn, Texas also in mix http://t.co/3o2hP2OiWo— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) July 13, 2014
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