On Wednesday evening, there was some major news on the recruiting trail as elite 2017 prospect Brian Bowen cut his list to six schools and Michigan State was fortune enough to make the cut. The Spartans are competing with some of the nation’s biggest basketball programs and hope to come out on top.
Along with Michigan State, Bowen listed five other programs. These schools were Arizona, Creighton, North Carolina State, Texas, and UCLA. Currently, Michigan State is the favorite and has received every Crystal Ball prediction on 247Sports.
As mentioned, Bowen is an elite prospect. He’s rated as a five-star recruit by 247Sports, the No. 17 player overall in the 2017 class, and the No. 4 small forward. He’s also listed at an impressive 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds.
If you buy into recruiting rankings (as most do), then Bowen is a player who should make a tremendous impact wherever he lands. He’s a guy with incredible athleticism that should make an early impact on both sides of the ball.
With Jaren Jackson already committed in Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class, the addition of Bowen would be monumental for the Spartans. In fact, the team would far well be in competition for a top five class and perhaps even higher if Tom Izzo can close on some of his other top 2017 targets.
Bowen would figure to slide into the lineup alongside Jackson and next to what figures to be a returning sophomore in Miles Bridges. Add in players like Josh Langford and Cassius Winston in the backcourt and Michigan State could have an absolutely loaded lineup if Bowen joined the roster.
There’s no telling how recruitments of players like Bowen finish, but based on how things sit now, it looks like Michigan State could be in the running for one of the nation’s top players.