Tom Izzo just doesn’t miss. The Hall of Fame head coach just added to his 2024 Michigan State basketball recruiting class on Thursday evening with the commitment of four-star center Jesse McCulloch from Ohio.
The top-100 recruit from Cleveland chose Michigan State over Alabama, Xavier, and Virginia Tech on a 247Sports live stream on Thursday.
He officially becomes the second member of Michigan State’s 2024 class, joining four-star shooting guard Kur Teng who many believe will rise the ranks before it’s all said and done and potentially push for a fifth star.
McCulloch, too, could be much higher in the rankings before it’s all said and done.
Currently, he’s ranked the No. 85 overall recruit in the class and No. 173 in the 247Sports Composite, but his best days seem to be in front of him. He’s just growing as a player and it looks like he could finish somewhere in the 50-75 range before he gets to campus.
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After landing McCulloch, the Spartans’ 2024 class which sat at No. 9 nationally should move up closer to the top-five.
If all goes as planned, Izzo could land back-to-back top-five recruiting classes which only brings up one thought: he’s pushing hard for No. 2.
Teng was the first commit in the class and he projects to be a very good all-around player in East Lansing while McCulloch is a stretch four who can play the five and guard just about every position. He fits that OKG mold that Izzo looks for.
Now he can focus on improving the class even more with guys like Bryson Tucker and Flory Bidunga.