The rich continue to get richer. What has seemed like an inevitable commitment for a long time was finally verbally agreed on. With an already stacked recruiting class prepared for 2017, the Michigan State Spartans have shifted their focus for the time being to recruiting 2018 players. In an effort to bolster the list of players committing to the program in 2018 the Spartans gained a valuable piece when junior guard Foster Loyer announced his pledge.
Loyer, a local product, is a 6-foot-tall guard attending Clarkston High School. According to 247Sports composite rankings he is the fourth best player in the state of Michigan for the 2018 class. The Spartans beat out the likes of Purdue, St. Louis, Oakland and DePaul who also offered the junior guard. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo’s offer has stood for roughly two years and was the first one Loyer received.
The commitment may not come as a surprise to people who follow Michigan State closely and know Loyer’s high school coach Dan Fife is the father of MSU assistant Dane Fife. If his name sounds familiar to basketball fans in the state of Michigan, it is because Foster is the son of former Detroit Pistons coach John Loyer.
As a sophomore at Clarkston High School, Loyer averaged 22.6 points, 6.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals. He and his Clarkston teammates went on to earn a share of the OAA Red title and a district title. Loyer then went on to play for the All-Ohio Red in the Nike EYBL where he averaged 18.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.8 steals per game in six appearances.
Words that come to mind when watching Loyer are nifty, crafty and relentless. He has precision passing skills and a real feel for the game. He is not considered a premier scorer but he does not need to be to play his game. Loyer uses his handles to create space and get open looks. He should fit nicely into Tom Izzo’s offense and will be able to control the tempo of games. The other players on the court are better when Loyer is at the point. The Spartans should expect Loyer to get minutes during his freshman season playing alongside Cassius Winston and filling in some of the minutes lost by the eventual departure of Lourawls “Tum Tum” Narin Jr.
The Spartans now have two of the top five juniors in the state of Michigan verbally accepting offers. Loyer joins Dakota High School forward Thomas Keither as the second member of Michigan State’s 2018 class. After updating the Spartans scholarship chart, they now have two spots left open on their 2018 roster. Their focus will likely now shift to recruiting forwards Brandon Johns and Trevion Williams. Both have received offers and would likely become the top player in the Spartans class if they chose to attend school in East Lansing.