Michigan State Recruiting: 2017 basketball targets to keep an eye on

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Mar 22, 2014; Spokane, WA, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo instructs against the Harvard Crimson in the first half of a men

After sitting around and watching the football team snag some of the top recruits in the country, Tom Izzo is helping the Michigan State recruiting for the basketball program keep pace by contacting some of the top players in the nation as well.

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With just three months until the basketball season is set to begin following an unbelievable Final Four run in 2014-15, Izzo is hoping that he can put the loss of Travis Trice, Branden Dawson and, if you can even count this, Caleb Swanigan behind him.

The 2015 recruiting class was one of the top-three in the nation before Swanigan decommitted, but it’s still one of the best in college basketball, ranking in the top 20. Guys like Deyonta Davis, Kyle Ahrens and Matt McQuaid will fill in nicely for the voids left by the guys mentioned above.

It seems like the 2016 class would be the next thing to keep an eye on, but I have already compiled a list of the top remaining 2016 targets to keep an eye on — which you can read here — so that means 2017 is the next on my mind.

Josh Langford and Nick Ward have already made the pledge to join the Spartans for 2016, but there are still two open scholarships left with Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston topping the list — as well as No. 1 player in the country Josh Jackson.

The 2016 grouping may end up being the best in the Izzo era, but what about 2017? It seems like the classes may be getting even better and better as the years go on and Izzo’s recruiting approach changes.

One-and-dones may be headed to East Lansing very soon.

Let’s take a look at the top targets to keep an eye on for the 2017 MSU recruiting class.

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