Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo doesn’t offer just anybody. So when he extends an offer to a recruit 2-3 years down the line, you know he’s invested.
On Wednesday night, the Hall of Fame head coach extended an offer to one of the rising stars in the 2021 class in combo guard Braelon Green.
Green, a star guard for Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln where Emoni Bates played last season, has been blowing up this year and looks like one of those guys who could go from an unranked prospect to top-50 when 247Sports releases its full 2023 rankings.
This is also just the second scholarship Izzo has extended in the class, following up Cameron Christie who is the brother of 2021 five-star pledge Max Christie.
But Green could form one heck of a backcourt with the younger Christie in the 2023 class and the fact that he’s from the Spartans’ own backyard should help matters. Plus, Michigan State is just one of two power conference programs to offer the unranked guard so Izzo got in early enough to make an impression before he blows up.
This was a good offer and Green could end up being the best in-state prospect in 2023.
Michigan State basketball offered an athletic specimen
Green will be one of the top players in the country when the new rankings come out and if he projects as a point guard at the next level, he could be one of the best athletes at the position Izzo has ever recruited — it’s a trend that’s developing with the addition of Jaden Akins as well.
Michigan State basketball guru DK posted this highlight clip on Twitter and it’s pretty obvious that he has the tools necessary to make a splash at the next level.
“Explosive athlete” is an understatement, especially for the point guard position and his playmaking skills are impressive.
This will be a recruitment to monitor closely because Green is the type of player who could help pull Michigan State into the modern style of hoops with an athletic point guard who can double as a shooting guard, hunt his own shot, finish at the rim, and make plays for teammates.