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Blue chip forward Jaren Jackson commits to Michigan State

Michigan State got on the board in the 2017 recruiting cycle in a major way on Thursday, securing a verbal commitment from 6′-10″ power forward Jaren Jackson of La Lumiere (IN), the No. 26 prospect in the class nationally.

Jackson made the USA Basketball team over the summer and is one of the fastest rising players in the 2017 class. He had a bevy of other scholarship offers, including tenders from Purdue, Maryland, Georgetown and many others.

The addition of Jackson makes the third consecutive year that the Spartans have nabbed a top forward prospect nationally, coming on the heels of Deyonta Davis and Miles Bridges. Jackson isn’t as advanced physically as Davis and Bridges, but has tremendous athleticism and an uncommon mix of size and fluidity. His nearly 7′-5″ wingspan sets up a tremendous base to build from.

Jackson played in Indianapolis last year, and has transferred to what should be a top 5 high school team this year at La Lumiere. He is a tremendous start to the ’17 cycle for the Spartans, who have in-state big man Thomas Kithier committed in 2018.

Michigan State Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsLourawls Nairn (Jr)Lourawls Nairn (Sr)Cassius Winston (Jr)Cassius Winston (Sr)
Cassius Winston (Fr)Cassius Winston (So)
WingsEron Harris (Sr)Kyle Ahrens (Jr)Kyle Ahrens (Sr)Josh Langford (Sr)
Alvin Ellis (Sr)Matt McQuiad (Jr)Matt McQuiad (Sr)Miles Bridges (Sr)
Kyle Ahrens (So)Josh Langford (So)Josh Langford (Jr)
Matt McQuiad (So)Miles Bridges (So)Miles Bridges (Jr)
Josh Langford (Fr)
Miles Bridges (Fr)
PostsGavin Schilling (Sr)Kenny Goins (Jr)Kenny Goins (Sr)Nick Ward (Sr)
Ben Carter (Sr)Nick Ward (So)Nick Ward (Jr)Jaren Jackson (Jr)
Kenny Goins (So)Jaren Jackson (Fr)Jaren Jackson (So)Thomas Kithier (So)
Nick Ward (Fr)Thomas Kithier (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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