Michigan State Basketball: Constructing ideal 2021 recruiting class

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Michigan State basketball’s top point guard target

Jaden Akins is very obviously Michigan State’s top point guard target in the 2021 class, but he might even be the top target overall.

Landing Pierre Brooks was big for the Spartans because that meant that Tom Izzo could focus entirely on Akins and bringing in the state of Michigan’s No. 2 prospect, per 247Sports. He’s ranked the No. 89 recruit in the country by 247Sports but just got a massive bump in the Rivals150 when he went from No. 105 to No. 66. That nearly 40-spot leap shows just how valuable he is and how underrated he was.

Akins is still relatively underrated as many believe he could be one of the top point guards in the entire class and Michigan State needs to fill that position with Cassius Winston gone and Rocket Watts changing positions to fill the need.

As an athletic 6-3, 160-pound point guard from nearby Farmington, Mich., Akins will be targeted by not only Michigan State, but Michigan, Iowa, Missouri and Xavier as well.

It won’t be easy reeling him in, but if the Spartans can pick him up after landing Brooks, that’ll give them a heck of a start to the class.