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A busy few days for Romeo Weems
When recruits get asked what they’re looking for in a college and an athletic program, most bring up the immaterial things.
Do I feel at home there? Do I have a close relationship with the coaches? Does the team’s playing style fit my game? Can I see myself there for the next four years of my life?
But it sure doesn’t hurt to get some great gear. Michigan State’s men’s basketball team showed up to the locker room Wednesday to find countless boxes of new shoes waiting for them. Oohs and aahs ensued.
Christmas 🎄 came early for the Michigan State Basketball 🏀 Team yesterday.. pic.twitter.com/n10HN7wR34
— NEW HAVEN BASKETBALL (@RocketCountry) August 31, 2017
And who was there to take it in? None other than Romeo Weems, a New Haven (Mich.) junior wing and 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings. He has visited multiple times and has held an offer for seven months.
It’s been an eventful couple of days. On Thursday, USA Basketball named him an expected participant for the USA Men’s Junior National Team minicamp in October. And when Rivals put out its most recent rankings of the 2019 class, Weems ranked 23rd in the nation and was rated 5 stars.
In its pursuit of Weems, Michigan State finds itself mired in yet another recruiting battle with Michigan. Both schools have offered. The Spartans likely will play off the advantage of having Miles Bridges on its team. Several recruiting targets have spoken of how they want to play like him.
“I’ve got a feeling I would thrive in their system where I can attack the basket and defend, block shots, basically what Miles Bridges is doing,” Gabe Brown told Land of 10 shortly before committing to the Spartans. “I could take his position and do it even better.”
Weems hasn’t been quite that forward, but he did say, “I like Miles Bridges. I try to play like Miles.”
He has his own unique game, though. He defends hard, rebounds aggressively, doesn’t get sped up on offense and can get to the line at will. He averaged 18.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.2 blocks as a sophomore. Few play the game with as much passion, which becomes evident in the emotion on his face after a loss.
4-star New Haven sophomore Romeo Weems is one to watch for Michigan State. Gets to the line at will. pic.twitter.com/F4Tj9oGpAo
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) December 17, 2016
Michigan State surely will pull out all the stops to try to land Weems. If that means delivering a truck full of shoes to the team while he’s watching, then that’s what will happen.
Prep football games to watch
Looking for some high school football to tide you over until Michigan State’s season opener on Saturday? Don’t want to leave your couch? We have several options for you.
The following games will be broadcast on cable or streamed online, and all feature either Michigan State commits or targets.
Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne vs. Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio)
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 1
Stream: Olentangy Local School District
Michigan State linebacker commit Edward Warinner has made his triumphant return from a torn ACL, and he will lead Liberty against Wayne, which features 4-star receiver and recent Ohio State commit L’Christian Smith. Warinner and his defense will have their hands full as Wayne looks to avenge a 41-0 loss on national TV to Pine-Richland (Gibsonia, Pa.) last weekend.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) vs. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
Time: 10:30 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go
You won’t want to miss this battle between the top two teams in the nation. Bishop Gorman features Michigan State offensive line target Jacob Isaia, who will be blocking for UCLA quarterback commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson. If you’re having trouble sleeping Friday night — and even if you’re not — this is a good one to stay up for. Unless, of course, you choose the one below.
St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.) at De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)
Time: 11 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 1
Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton knows the D.C. area well, and St. John’s might be the team he scouts the most. The Cadets always have top talent. Keep your eye on Keilan Robinson, a 3-star running back whom the Spartans offered almost a year ago. Junior wide receiver Quinten Johnson has picked up interest from the Spartans as well. They both play alongside Kevin Doyle, a quarterback in whom Michigan State had interest before landing Theo Day.