Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball program are still in search of their first recruit in the 2013 class.
The Spartans missed a chance to get their class started Thursday when consensus top-10 prospect James Young committed to Kentucky on ESPNU’s “Recruiting Nation” program.
“Kentucky’s just always been my dream school,” Young said after making his decision. “I always dreamed of going to that school. Once I went up there and took my visit I just fell in love with the place.”
Young, a five-star wing who plays at Rochester High School, choose the Wildcats over MSU, Kansas and Syracuse. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds and was a Class A All-State selection while playing at Troy High School last season.
The Spartans are still in the hunt for elite prospects Chicago Simeon forward Jabari Parker and Memphis Southwind power forward Johnathan Williams in the 2013 class. Parker is regarded the top 2013 prospect and has MSU in his top five.
“With the recruiting process it’s been a little tougher, and as you know, there are no commitments yet because I think we’re in on the right guys and got some work to do here the next few weeks,” Izzo said during basketball media day Tuesday.
In other links, Solari and Graham Couch talk about Saturday’s matchup against Iowa. And then there’s this piece on Hawkeye walk-on fullback Mark Weisman, who is Iowa’s leading rusher.
Then Solari has his hockey preview that has everything you could possibly want to know about Tom Anastos’ second team at MSU. The team has higher expectations after Anastos led the team to the NCAA Tournament in his first season.
And Couch writes about Ron Mason being familar with the task Anastos faces.
Lastly for those of you looking for activities to do in East Lansing on Friday night, there is plenty going on. Midnight Madness is the highlight, but the MSU volleyball team is having its “Pjamming with the Spartans” event, which raises awareness for childhood cancer. There’s also the MSU homecoming parade that starts at 6 p.m.