Coming off his best incoming talent haul and a Hall of Fame induction, Tom Izzo reportedly has continued Michigan State’s recent recruiting run.
Jaren Jackson Jr. of La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Ind., has chosen the Spartans this morning, on his 17th birthday, according to espn.com. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound wing picked MSU over Purdue, Notre Dame,Maryland and Georgetown.
“I didn’t plan it this way,” Jackson told espn.com. “I have done all my homework on each school ? and discussed everything with my family, and the timing just happened to land on my birthday. When you have a Hall of Fame coach like Tom Izzo, it makes a statement about the program.
“Coach Izzo has established a culture and an attitude of winning, and I want to be part of that. He does a great job at developing his talent, too.”
He transferred over the summer to private La Lumiere from Indianapolis Park Tudor, where he averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks a game as a junior. He helped Park Tudor to the Indiana 3A semifinals last season after winning back-to-back 2A state titles in 2014 and ’15.
Jackson’s father, Jaren Sr., played for the Hoyas and John Thompson in 1985-89 and with nine NBA teams over parts of 12 seasons.
The younger Jackson will become teammates this season with fellow MSU recruiting targetBrian Bowen, who transferred to La Lumiere from Saginaw Arthur Hill last year.
Jackson also spent this summer with USA Basketball’s gold medal-winning entry in the FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain, where he averaged 4.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 14.3 minutes over six games.