On Thursday morning, Michigan State got some huge news for its 2017 class as the program added a major commitment from power forward Jaren Jackson. It was a huge addition to a 2017 class that’s shaping up very well for the Spartans.
According to ESPN, Jackson is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Indiana and as a four-star prospect overall. He’s currently listed as 6-foot-10 and 225 pounds and projects as the No. 26 player in the nation.
On top of his Michigan State interest, Jackson got offers from a plethora of schools, including Butler, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, and Purdue. It was a who’s who of college basketball and specifically, the midwest.
If Jackson isn’t considered to be an elite prospect, then he’s right outside of that group. He has an outstanding game that’s already well developed and should make an early impact at the collegiate level.
With his commitment, Jackson becomes the lone member in Michigan State’s current 2017 class and one of the key pieces for Tom Izzo’s future team outline. Considering the immense talent brought in by the Spartans this fall, Jackson looks like frosting on top of the cake for Michigan State.
Jackson will certainly get playing time as a freshman in the 2017-’18 season, but his role will depend a lot on what Miles Bridges decides to do. Bridges will have the option of going pro next spring and that decision will likely determine whether Jackson can get a starting role as a freshman.
Izzo has done a tremendous job on the recruiting trail over the last few years and with Jackson now in the fold, things are looking even better in East Lansing.