Michigan State Basketball: What are chances to land 4-star SG Pierre Brooks?

Rocket Watts and Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Tom Izzo hosted four-star shooting guard Pierre Brooks for a virtual visit recently and he’s set to commit. Will he pick Michigan State basketball?

Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class has yet to truly get started but that could all change on Wednesday afternoon.

Pierre Brooks, a four-star shooting guard from Detroit, recently took a virtual tour with Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball and is announcing his college decision on Wednesday, per Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.

Izzo has prioritized Brooks and there’s a good feeling that he could become the Spartans’ first commitment in the 2021 class. So what exactly are the Spartans’ chances?

If you looked at only 247Sports‘ Crystal Balls, it would be 100 percent favoring Michigan State. How accurate is that? It’s been hit or miss over the years but this time it’s a fairly accurate depiction of what should happen on Wednesday. Before he decided to announce his decision so quickly after a virtual visit with Michigan State, I would have said 70 percent favoring the green and white. Now, I’d say it’d be a shock if he ended up anywhere else.

Brooks is a talented guard who can handle the ball and create for himself and he has good vision to where he can also find his teammates for easy buckets. He’s not the most explosive athlete and his jump shot can cause some issues because he starts his shooting motion lower than most but he is a very accurate shooter.

If you’re looking for a player comparison for Brooks, I’ll keep it Michigan State-related. He’s a more athletic Denzel Valentine who has the ability to do it all on offense and his 6-5 frame is ideal. He can create for himself and others and has the confidence to shoot from just about everywhere or even back down defenders.

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Brooks is ranked the No. 96 overall prospect and No. 21 shooting guard in the class, according to the composite. He’s also the state of Michigan’s second-best prospect but there’s also wide belief that he’s severely underrated.