Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: What 5-Star PF Jaren Jackson Brings to Spartans
Jaren Jackson Commits To Michigan State
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The Michigan State Spartans started their 2017 recruiting class off with a bang Thursday when five-star power forward Jaren Jackson gave his commitment. Jackson, who is out of La Lumiere School in Indiana, picked MSU over Purdue, Georgetown, Maryland and Notre Dame. He also had offers from Butler, UCLA and Xavier, among others.
Coach Tom Izzo has to be on cloud nine right now with this commitment coming just days after being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame.
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So, what does Jackson bring to Michigan State?
Jackson is a big body at 6’10”, 220 pounds and has a wingspan of over seven feet. His length and upside provide limitless potential on the defensive end and the glass. As a junior last season, he averaged 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks, numbers that have improved each year and show he’s just starting to tap into his potential at 17 years old.
The strongest part of Jackson’s game at this very moment is his outside shooting, as you don’t see guys his size able to stroke it from long range at such a high percentage. Jackson is shooting 38 percent from three for his high school career and shot 44 percent as a junior. For his career, Jackson is shooting 59 percent from two-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line. He’s a player who is becoming more and more comfortable with his stroke and will eventually become a player who must be guarded at all times everywhere on the court.
The two areas of improvement are his strength and feel around the basket. Jackson doesn’t have a polished post game just yet and could develop more toughness on the court. Those things are sure to improve with time, especially his toughness considering he’ll be playing under Izzo and will be forced to adopt that Spartan mentality.
Jackson is widely considered a top-25 recruit in the 2017 class and is now the third five-star player Michigan State has landed the last two years.
The Spartans have been championship caliber consistently over the years, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they take things to the next level with this type of talent. There was a slight recruiting drought for MSU over the years since snagging Gary Harris in 2012.
Huge, huge pickup for Michigan State and will continue to keep Sparty as one of the teams to beat in the Big Ten.