With the 2021 class filling up quickly, Michigan State basketball still has room for a point guard like four-star Jaden Akins from Farmington.
The 2021 class is beginning to fill up for Tom Izzo and Michigan State after Pierre Brooks and Max Christie committed over the past few months.
And then Emoni Bates committed between the aforementioned prospects which may not affect the overall 2021 class outlook but there’s a good chance he could reclassify. That would put the Spartans’ 2021 class at three with room for one or potentially two more.
That’s where Jaden Akins comes into play.
Akins, a new teammate of Bates at Ypsilanti Prep Academy, is one of the top point guards in the 2021 class and he cut his list of schools to just six on Monday evening.
Michigan State made the cut.
The Farmington, Mich., native is ranked the No. 71 player in the 2021 class as well as the 10th-best point guard and Michigan’s No. 2 prospect, according to the composite.
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The belief right now is that Akins is a strong Michigan State lean. The Spartans will have to duke it out with Michigan, Northwestern, Florida, Mississippi State and DePaul but they’re in good shape heading into the latter stages of his recruitment.
Could Akins be feeling the pressure of committing to MSU before the class is all sewn up? Possibly, which is why the kid who had no plans of making a decision any time soon has cut his list to six. And Michigan State might just be that best fit.
Tom Izzo has been treating Akins like a top priority and he needs a point guard in his 2021 class, especially with the chance that Rocket Watts goes pro after the 2020-21 season and Karim Mane decided to stay in the NBA draft. He would be an instant contributor.
Right now, Michigan State’s 2021 class is top five in the country, but adding Akins and getting Emoni to reclassify would undoubtedly vault that to No. 1.