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Vernon Carey Jr. reschedules visit
It might be easier to list the recruits who won’t be on campus Saturday for Michigan State’s game against Notre Dame rather than those who will. But on the hoops side of things, there’s one big omission.
The consensus No. 1 junior in the nation, University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., had planned to visit Michigan State over the weekend, but that trip has been postponed a week. The 5-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings told Land of 10 he will now visit the weekend of Sept. 30 for the Spartans’ game against Iowa.
Though Carey will miss out on the atmosphere of the Saturday night game this weekend, the move will likely enhance his experience. Late Michigan State men’s basketball coach Jud Heathcote’s memorial service is also Saturday, in Spokane, Wash. So much of the basketball coaching staff will likely be in the Northwest this weekend.
Michigan State has made a strong push to land Carey, the son of a former Miami Dolphins offensive linemen, since offering him on Sept. 1. Michigan followed a day later. Carey Sr. played for Miami (Fla.), which has offered as well.
Many blue bloods have jumped into the race: Duke, Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina and UCLA have all offered, and Kentucky followed suit on Wednesday.
The highest-ranked player in the 247Sports composite ever landed by Michigan State is Shannon Brown in 2003, who ranked fourth in the nation.
Michigan State checks out La Lumiere combine
Michigan State has been no stranger to the La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) School the last few years. It landed 5-star forward Jaren Jackson Jr. in the 2017 class and heavily pursued two of his top-100 teammates, Brian Bowen and Tyger Campbell.
On Wednesday, the Spartans checked back in to watch some top prep talent work out at the La Lumiere combine. Reports named two players whom they came to see, the first being the one most teams came to see: New York native and 4-star big man Isaiah Stewart.
Villanova, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Maryland, Tennessee, Purdue, Michigan St. all came for 5⭐️Isaiah Stewart'19. 7'4" wing span & 38" vertical pic.twitter.com/EeRCR0E3vx
— Andrew Slater (@ASlater247) September 21, 2017
Stewart stands 6 feet, 8 inches; weighs 243 pounds; and, according to 247Sports’ Andrew Slater, has a 7-4 wingspan. On the Nike EYBL circuit this year, he averaged 11.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Michigan State has not offered Stewart, but it seems as though most of the country already has.
According to analyst Ani Umana, the Spartans also watched Charles Smith IV, a Houston native and 4-star guard who ranks 48th nationally in the 2019 class. As with Stewart, the Spartans have not offered.
— Ani Umana (@Ani_Umana) September 21, 2017
In the Adidas Gauntlet Series this season, Smith averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists for Basketball University. The 6-5 standout’s offer list includes Baylor, California, Florida and Oklahoma.
Michigan State has not yet landed any 2019 commitments. Its focus seems to be primarily on 4-star in-state prospects Mark “Rocket” Watts and Romeo Weems, both of whom have landed offers.
And speaking of in-state prospects, one of Michigan’s (and the nation’s) most impressive juniors appears to be on the move again. Prep Hoops reports that 4-star guard and Flint native Terry Armstrong will transfer to Bella Vista Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) after starting the 2016-17 school year at Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) High and finishing it at Davison (Mich.) High. Before all of that, he was at Flint (Mich.) Carman Ainsworth.
Armstrong, who holds a DePaul offer, doesn’t seem to have found a home yet. Hopefully this will be it.
Michigan State offers 2019 DB
Michigan State didn’t send any coaches down to see South Oak Cliff (Dallas) High cornerback Bobby Holmes III during its bye week, but apparently the Spartans liked his film enough to offer. Holmes’ coach shared the news on Thursday.
Shout out to South Oak Cliff 2019 DB Bobby Holmes III on receiving an offer from Michigan St. pic.twitter.com/t7vRDPo1gf
— Coach Traylor (@coach_traylor) September 21, 2017
Holmes, a 5-10 junior, now holds two offers. He picked up his first from Western Kentucky in early September.
Michigan State currently has one commitment in the 2019 class. Four-star Walled Lake (Mich.) Western offensive tackle Spencer Brown kicked things off by pledging to the Spartans on July 31. The Spartans are one of just eight teams in the conference already with a commitment in the class.
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