When Jabari Parker cut his list of schools down to ten, Michigan State was lucky enough to find themselves on the list. With his announcement coming anytime from November to the spring, let’s ask the question what could Jabari Parker do for Michigan State basketball?
Rated as the number one or number two recruit on multiple recruiting sites, Parker is truly a blue chip prospect. As a 6’8, 220 pound small forward Parker is the total package. He excels offensively at nearly every facet of the game. Well he may need to bulk up a bit for college ball and improve his defense, he is projected as a top 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Though there is little doubt he is a one and done, Parker will vastly improve any school he chooses to commit to.
Tom Izzo has always recruited well and getting Parker’s commitment would only add to his reputation as a solid recruiter. That being said, Izzo doesn’t really recruit outside of the Midwest. Well, it can be argued this is due to preference, Michigan State still misses out on top talent from around the country. Some would argue Izzo wouldn’t have gone after Parker if he weren’t from Chicago. Here is where Parker’s commitment could be so important. If Izzo can get Parker, that commitment sends a message to top recruits all throughout the nation. As his signing of Gary Harris did this year, this is the kind of signing that gets Michigan State basketball even more exposure with recruits. Parker’s signing could get other top recruits, who may be out of the Midwest, interested in Michigan State. This could lead to an increased level of recruiting talent year after year for the Spartans. Parker’s commitment would not be helpful just for skill reasons, but exposure reasons as well.
It’s hard to argue against the success of Michigan State basketball. It is however, not hard to argue that they should recruit better out of the Midwest. The signature of Jabari Parker is a step for Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball to show that top recruits everywhere should consider Michigan State. One of the few flaws in the Michigan State basketball program, national recruiting, would be helped by the signature of Jabari Parker. The amount of publicity and exposure he could bring to the team would be helpful, and his skills on the basketball court could lead to special things for the Spartans.