Previewing Michigan State’s 2015 recruiting class


Michigan State is no slump when it comes to recruiting. While they’re not typically a “one-and-done” program, they always have experienced guys to lead on the newcomers. It will be no different this time around.

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Michigan State has four players who have already committed, three are top-100 players and other is one of the top-200 players in the nation, according to 247Sports. Caleb Swanigan is a top-15 player that just chose the Green & White today.

Deyonta Davis, a four-star power forward is an outstanding talent. Davis is listed at 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds. He’s the eighth-best player at that position 23rd overall in the country. Another quality player that Izzo will grow into an NBA-caliber guy. As a junior, he led his team to a 28-0 record and the Class A state title where he had 26 points (12-14 shooting), grabbed 13 rebounds and swatted three shots.

His high school basketball coach spoke highly of his star saying, “He is a quick learner. He’s unselfish. He’s a leader, a quiet leader and is starting to be more vocal. He leads his team, he’s happy for his teammates … a really positive-type leader where everyone enjoys being around him. And he’s just a great player.” He finished his junior year with a state record of 199 blocks, including two different games with 16 blocks. He will be key for MSU next year.

Matthew Mcquaid is a four-star shooting guard, coming in at 6-foot-5, 175 pounds. He is considered one of the best, if not the best, sharpshooters in this class. He’s more than capable of getting hot from deep and knocking down five or six shots in a row with ease. That’s exactly what MSU needs, another shooter. Looking at his highlights on YouTube, he needs ball-handling skills to improve, but working under Izzo it will come with time. He could possibly be partnering up with West Virginia-transfer Eron Harris in the backcourt. Filling the void that Trice left behind.

Kyle Ahrens, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound shooting guard, is ranked in the national top-200. As a sophomore, Kyle led his team to an unpredictable state championship berth. During that campaign, he averaged 21 points per game; such poise and skill from such a young player. If he is given space by a defender, he will make them pay. He’s not only an incredible shooter, he can take flight and dunk on anyone if given the chance. He was on SportsCenter‘s Top 10 Plays by dunking all over a defender in a high school game. He’ll be able to add his transition skill, his quick blow by, and outstanding shooting to Michigan State. Something they will need. Ahrens said after signing that, “Tom Izzo jumped out of his chair and went nuts.” Gotta love it.

Last, but certainly not least, Caleb Swanigan is Michigan State’s newest recruit. The five-star big man was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2015 and has been high on Izzo’s wish list for a while now. He is ranked the No. 14 overall player in the country for this class, according to 247Sports, as well as the No. 4 center in the nation. Swanigan is a dominant post presence even though he stands just 6-foot-8 because of his 265-pound frame — he has no problem putting a body on guys in the post, reminding people a little bit of Zach Randolph, a former Spartan. This get by Izzo rounds out the class and will surely make MSU a top-five national title contender for 2015-16.

  • Caleb Swanigan, PF/C, 5-star
  • Deyonta Davis, PF, 5-star
  • Matthew McQuaid, SG, 4-star
  • Kyle Ahrens, SG, 3/4-star

This recruiting class is turning out nicely for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. Definitely gearing up for another run next season.

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