Michigan State commit Jeremy Fears was USA basketball’s “best player” in the FIBU U17 World Cup semifinals and final.
A gold medalist will soon be suiting up for the green and white in 2023.
Jeremy Fears played incredibly well at the FIBA U17 World Cup this past week and helped lead Team USA to gold with arguably the best showing in the finals to beat Spain. He had 17 points and six assists in that final against Spain and Jonathan Givony actually said he was USA basketball’s best player in the final two games, scoring 35 points with 11 assists in 46 minutes.
The “Tom Izzo can’t recruit” crowd took a bit of a hit over the weekend as Fears dominated on the world stage, leading a group of some of the best prospects in the country to a gold medal.
And it feels like he’s just scratching the surface.
Fears played stingy defense, was smart with the ball (as evidenced by his 11 assists in the final two games), and seemingly scored at will. He looked like a budding star.
The four-star point guard is listed as the No. 44 prospect in the nation and No. 7 at the position, according to the 247Sports Composite, but you have to think he’s in for a decent jump after this showing at the FIBA U17 World Cup.
When draft experts and folks who watch this event regularly call him the “best player” on Team USA in the biggest games, you know he’s going to be a special talent.
If Izzo can pair him with Xavier Booker and guys like Devin Royal and/or Milan Momcilovic, Michigan State may have its next best chance to win a national title.
The Fears truthers were vindicated this weekend.