Archive for August, 2015

The Committed

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Josh Langford

Where is he from?
• Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.
• School: Madison Academy
Where’s he ranked on recruiting websites? 5 Star rating and No. 13 by ESPN.com, No. 17 by 247 Sports’ national composite

Why Michigan State? “I just feel like the family atmosphere is something that is unreal,” Langford said “They were more real than any other schools have been. I did a lot of praying and talking to God and just felt like it was the best fit for me as a basketball player and as a young man.” Langford finished by saying, “I believe in God and he leads you to the right things I feel like he led me to Michigan State,” Langford said. I did a lot of praying and I just felt like it was right place for me to go. They had been recruiting me since my freshman year that helps as well.” “It’s a great relationship,” he said. “I felt like he was already my coach. The relationship is great. We talk a lot on the phone and we’ve talked forever.”

Why Not Michigan State? He will not de-commit, we promise! See other story for more information: http://finalfouru.com/blog/2015/06/23/why-joshua-langford-is-different/

Any video on him? Yes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCRxK77yI_Y

How good is he? Great all-around player, don’t believe us? Here is what a recruiting expert had to say:
“Langford is a solidly built wing scorer who’s already a solid jump shooter with three-point range. He’s also a highly physical player who gets the most out of his body. At 6-5, 200 pounds, he’s far more advanced in terms of musculature compared with his peers. He loves to slice into the paint, draw contact and take a shoot off the glass or simply get fouled. Though a wing handler and defender, Langford is a very talented passer as well.”
(http://www.scout.com/player/173467-josh-langford/analysis?year=2015&s=143)
We personally believe he is Gary Harris, early 1st round draft pick good.

How did we get a 5 star recruit from Alabama? Tom Izzo, Tom Izzo, and Tom Izzo! (http://statenews.com/article/2015/04/izzovowstorecruitbetter) He has changed the way he operates and it is working, trust us!

Nick Ward
Where is he from?
• Hometown: Gahanna, Ohio
• School: Lincoln High School

Where’s he ranked on recruiting websites? 4 Star rating and No. 41 by ESPN.com, No. 42 by 247 Sports’ national composite

Why Michigan State? Even though Ward said he is tight with Michigan player Javon Bess that was not a major factor in his decision. “I just love Michigan State,” Ward said, and he is now in a position to recruit for the Spartans. This interview sums it up well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb5B2GfKnMY&feature=youtu.be

Why Not Michigan State? He had offers early on from big schools like Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, etc. However, he may have green blood running through his body and there is zero point zero chance he de-commits from Michigan State.

Any video on him? Yes, there is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umyQvwCrBa4

How good is he? A better all-around version of Derrick Nix with the upside of a Draymond Green. Don’t believe us? Here is a breakdown on him from a recruiting expert:
“There aren’t many more productive players on the low block in the class than Ward. He is someone who can really score with a variety of moves and possesses tremendous hands. Add in that he has improved his conditioning, Ward is someone who has proven to be extremely effective against the nation’s best.”
(http://www.scout.com/player/191516-nick-ward/analysis?year=2015&s=143)

How did we get a solid four star recruit from Ohio so early in the recruiting process? Tom Izzo, Javon Bess, and Michigan State showed him the love early and often.

Analysis on the 2016 Michigan State Basketball Recruiting Class: #The Class
One comment and one comment only, in our personal opinion THIS WILL BE THE BEST RECRUITING CLASS THAT TOM IZZO HAS EVER HAD!

Part 1 of our 4 part Recruiting Breakdown Edition

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Joshua Jackson

Where is he from? Joshua Jackson was born in San Diego, California and moved to Michigan when he was eight months old. He attended Consortium College Prep School in Detroit, Michigan for his freshman and sophomore years. Prior to his junior year, Jackson and his family moved to California to attend Justin-Siena High School in Napa, California and play for Prolific Prep. He is going into his senior year of high school.

Where’s he ranked on recruiting websites? No. 3 by ESPN, No. 1 by 247 Sports’ national composite

Who is he considering? Every major school like Arizona, Kansas, Michigan State and surprise schools like Maryland. Why does every school want him? Journalist Jerry Meyer called him the best shooting guard prospect he’s ever scouted. That’s high praise, and Jackson has elite size and elite athleticism for the position. With a non-stop motor, he is the “Lebron James” of the 2016 college recruits in our personal opinion.

What we witnessed when we saw him play in person: Here are the highlights of the game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyuVkcVL6FQ). Even though he was out of the game for a period of the time with foul trouble, Josh Jackson finished the game with 31 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit Consortium as they defeated #1 ranked Mount Clemens who had at least 3 division one future players on their team. Josh was a sophomore at the time and he looked like a man among boys during long stretches due to his superior talent and skill set that he displayed. And for those who have criticized him for transferring to a prep school in California, they are dead wrong. There was nothing left for Josh to prove in Michigan and more importantly, improve as a basketball player in the state of Michigan. The vast majority of 5 star and even some 4 star basketball players from Michigan have left the state to play better competition elsewhere the past couple of years. Deyonta Davis and Cassius Winston are the exceptions not the norms.

Has he visited Michigan State: Yes he has recently and this is what his mother has said, “Michigan State was good,” Jones said. “Coach [Tom] Izzo. I think he’s a good coach. He cares about the kids and playing in his system. Those kids seem to develop.” (http://zagsblog.com/articles/josh-jackson-to-visit-maryland-unofficially-arizona-kansas-officially/)

Why Michigan State? He knows what happened to Cliff Alexander and even Emmanuel Mudiay. Josh like every other top high school players want to be drafted number one overall. Many who dream of this, never get what they want and if they are lucky they get drafted as a lottery pick but not number one overall. Tom Izzo develops players and Draymond Green is the perfect example. He had two players go in the first round two years ago in Gary Harris and Adreian Payne which has warranted the attention of high school recruits. If Branden Dawson becomes literally the next Draymond Green with both of those players playing in California where we know Jackson will be watching some Clippers and Warriors games, it validates that Tom Izzo truly develops players and gets them prepared for the NBA. Josh even though he was not technically born in Michigan, he spent most of his life in the State of Michigan. The two recruits Tom Izzo has committed to him are from outside Michigan. Rarely does Izzo lose top recruits from Michigan. Josh does like Michigan State by all accounts and time will only tell. Michigan State is a prominent blue blood program with a hall of fame coach. Josh wants to win it all in his one year of college like Carmello Anthony did as a freshman and develop into the next Lebron James in the NBA. Also what is very important is that after the recent loss in the Final Four to Duke, Tom Izzo has sworn to recruit differently and by all accounts he has and still follows the NCAA rules. Izzo wants that second championship and Josh will make that a reality if he comes to play at MSU. Spartan fans stay tuned….#theClass

Why Not Michigan State? Jackson’s mom, Apples Jones, told the Lexington Herald-Leader her son had outgrown Detroit. “It’s time to move on,” she told the newspaper. Maybe the state of Michigan and East Lansing is not appealing to him. Josh does not like the cold weather even though he said that it will not deter him from what school he chooses. He may pick Arizona but we fell MSU still has a good shot but not as strong of a belief of him committing to MSU as compared to some over MSU targets.

The prediction: No one knows trust us. We are hearing that Josh Jackson is open to going to multiple schools. This one feels totally up in the air and given the connection with USA U19 coach Sean Miller, some are going with Arizona. However, every person who knows him from his time playing high school basketball in Michigan knows that no one can predict where he will go and it is still to be determined where Josh will do.

As promised and the first site to announce…

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Michigan State’s Non-Conference Schedule

*Florida Atlantic men’s basketball team starts its season on Nov. 13th traveling to East Lansing to compete against Michigan State.

*Kansas plays Michigan State on Nov. 17th in Chicago in the Championship Classic.

*Arkansas Pine Bluff comes to East Lansing on November 20th

*Eastern Michigan travels to East Lansing on November 23rd

*Boston College plays Michigan State in the 1st round of the John Wooden Legacy Tournament on Thursday ,November 26 on ESPN2 6:30 PM ET.

*Second round game on November 27th and the Finals on November 29th of the John Wooden Legacy Tournament.

*On December 2nd Louisville travels to East Lansing to play Michigan State in the B1G/ACC challenge.

*Binghamton University men’s basketball team will travel to play at Michigan State for a non-conference game in East Lansing on Dec. 5th.

* University of Maryland Eastern Shore will on December 9th visit East Lansing, where they will play Final Four participant Michigan State.

*MSU will host Florida on Saturday Dec. 12th.

*Michigan State will travel to play at Northeastern on Dec. 19th.

*Michigan State will travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills to play Oakland University on Tuesday Dec. 22nd.

*Side note: MSU will play in Florence on Aug. 25th then a 3 game tournament from Aug. 28-30 in Trieste against national teams from Italy, Russia, etc.

Sneak Peak for 2016-2017 and beyond
*MSU travels to play University of Florida (2017-2018 season)
*MSU plays in Hawaii against Arizona on Nov. 11th
*November 15th MSU plays Kentucky
*Michigan State, along with Louisville and VCU in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Summary: In 15 days MSU will play in Hawaii, NYC, and Bahamas.