On Tuesday, the Michigan State Spartans got some exciting news as 2020 prospect Jalen Terry announced that he would be committing to the program. The exciting development came just days after the Spartans locked up another Final Four bid with a win over Duke.
#SpartanDawg ✅ pic.twitter.com/4vcLpiVyaD— Jalen Terry (@TheDrJay__) April 3, 2019
Terry is listed as 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds by 247Sports and comes out of Mount Morris, Michigan. Along with Michigan State, Terry also had offers from Butler, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State, and Mississippi State. He is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.
Notably, Terry is the highest rated prospect in the state of Michigan by 247Sports. While in-state recruiting isn’t everything in college basketball, the Spartans and Wolverines have been in a fierce battle in recent years over the Great Lakes State and Michigan State fans certainly have to be happy to win this round.
Although Terry is the first commitment in the 2020 recruiting class for the Spartans, he should provide a nice base for Izzo to go out and continue his success on the recruiting trail. Michigan State is also actively pursuing top 100 prospects like Cam’Ron Fletcher and Isaiah Jackson in the cycle.
The biggest question for Terry at the next level will be about how he adapts to bigger and more athletic players. He isn’t “tiny” by any stretch, but can he find ways to score on big and lengthy Big Ten defenders? Moreover, can he facilitate Michigan State’s offense, specifically one that relies on speed in transition? He certainly showed the signs in high school and we will see if he can continue that in East Lansing. His evaluations imply he will be able to answer the call.
Izzo and his staff still have their work cut out for the 2020 class, but Spartan fans have to be excited about bringing Terry into the fold.