After sewing up the 2021 class and getting a head start on 2022, Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball turn their sights to 2023 and Curtis Williams.
Tom Izzo is on a roll. He landed four-star guard Pierre Brooks back in April and then followed that up with a shocking verbal pledge from the No. 1 prospect in the nation, Emoni Bates, at the end of June.
As if that wasn’t enough, he landed the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2021 class in Max Christie as well as the No. 1 Canadian-based prospect for 2022 in Enoch Boakye and Michigan’s No. 2 recruit for 2021 in Jaden Akins. In the span of a month and a half, Izzo landed three five-stars and a four-star. That’s quite the run.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The 2021 class may be wrapped up which means the Hall of Fame head coach will set his sights on the 2022 and 2023 classes.
Technically, Bates and Boakye are in the 2022 class but there’s a decent chance both could reclassify and there are still a handful of prospects to go after in that cycle. But what about 2023? That seems so far down the line, but it’s only a few classes away and Izzo might be getting a head start on a huge in-state prospect.
Brother Rice’s Curtis Williams is ranked the No. 17 player in the class by ESPN and that’s good enough to make him a five-star. He’ll soon be ranked by Rivals and 247Sports likely in the same range and he’s one of the best small forwards in the country.
It’s a name to keep an eye on, especially since he says he wants to take a visit to East Lansing as soon as he’s able to. With the NCAA postponing face-to-face recruiting until further notice, it’s going to be tough to gauge when this visit will actually take place. But the fact that he’s showing interest like this is good for the Spartans’ chances.
Right now, he doesn’t hold an offer from MSU, but the Spartans have to be an intriguing spot as an in-state school and power in the Big Ten.
According to 247Sports, he holds offers from Alabama, Maryland and LIU Brooklyn. Michigan State could make some major moves soon.