Michigan State basketball’s recruiting class of 2013 could be one for the ages. With top recruit Jabari Parker strongly considering the Spartans, he alone would make the 2013 recruiting class great. The recruiting class could be put over the top by one more signature. Though James Young and Demetrius Jackson had expressed interest and been offered scholarships, Young recently committed to Kentucky and Jackson has not expressed a lot of interest in Michigan State. So this leaves Jonathan Williams III, the key to making the 2013 recruiting class historic.
It’s clear the if Michigan State basketball happens to land Jabari Parker that it will be a monumental step for the program. Signing Jonathan Williams III would make the recruiting class that much better. There are some factors that are working both for and against the Spartans. For one, a lot depends on Parker’s decision and how Williams III reacts to it. Does he relish the idea of playing with a big star like Parker, or would he feel overshadowed and undervalued in that situation? Also, the frontcourt could be stacked, assuming no one leaves. Adreian Payne, Parker (if he commits), and Branden Dawson all would be vying for playing time. Whether this would intrigue Williams III or deter him from choosing Michigan State is anyone’s guess. One major factor is a huge positive for Michigan State. At that point, granted if everyone returns, they will have a legitimate shot at a national title. Michigan State offers if not the best shot to win in 2013, than certainly one of the best. If Williams III wants to win there are not many more attractive options than Michigan State. Williams III is from Tennessee so location is not really a plus or minus. When it comes to recruiting Williams III a lot is still up in the air.
If Michigan State basketball can capture Jabari Parker’s signature, it will lift the program, in terms of exposure and skill. Securing Jonathan Williams III signature would only enhance Parker’s signing. Though there are a lot of unknown factors surrounding Williams’ III decision, it seems as if Michigan State has a good as shot as any to sign him. Williams III could be a key addition to the 2013 recruiting class and Michigan State basketball’s 2013 national championship hopes.