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
|Point Guards||Lourawls Nairn (Jr)||Lourawls Nairn (Sr)||Cassius Winston (Jr)||Cassius Winston (Sr)|
|Cassius Winston (Fr)||Cassius Winston (So)|
|Wings||Eron 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)|
|Posts||Gavin 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)|