Future Spartan QB receives 4 Star rating from rivals.com
2013 Michigan State recruit Damion Terry of Erie Cathedral Prep has been upgraded to a 4 star rating from rivals.com. ESPN recruiting nation had rated Terry as a 4 star this past year. The strong armed dual threat QB from Erie, PA led his high school team to a 15-0 record and a state championship. He threw for 3,600 yards and 50 TDs while running for 700 yards. Terry joins Keith Nichol and Drew Stanton as previous 4 star commitments coming in to the program.
|The 6' 4" 210lb Terry will be in the QB competition during Summer camp|
Updated April 25, 2012
Jabari Parker plans to take his time in narrowing college list
Article by: Brett Dawson
EAGAN, Minn. - There was a time when Jabari Parker wanted his mom to back off. She was the one fielding calls from Kentucky's John Calipari and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo and the like, and Parker wanted some of that action.
"I didn't know how much it was going to take a toll, a lot, on my time," Parker said Friday night at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League session at The High Performance Academy. "It's going to be a lot. Going to be a lot of coaches calling me."
It's easy to see why. Parker is Rivals.com's No. 1-ranked player in the high school class of 2013, a 6-foot-8, 220-pounder who takes the "small" out of "small forward." Friday in a win against Bluff City Legends/Team Penny, he showed an arsenal that included deft ballhandling, rugged rebounding and a wide array of jumpers and drives.
Parker's going to make one of those college coaches very happy.
But he's not going to do it anytime soon.
The Chicago native and star at Simeon Career Academy hasn't yet wrapped his junior year of high school. He might not narrow his list of prospective colleges to a manageable number until the time he starts his senior year.
"I just tell everybody I'm pretty much open to everybody right now," Parker said. "I really don't have a specific school that I like, but I'm going to look to cut it down near the fall time."
Do a little digging and you can, at least, get a few names. Duke is in the mix. Michigan State, too. But Parker shrugs off the suggestion that the Blue Devils and Spartans are in the lead.
"It's too early to say that," Parker said. "Seeing Kentucky, what they did (this season) and how they exposed their players out there, you just really look at every program."
So Kentucky's a player. Kansas, too. Somebody asked Parker about Louisville, and he said that he likes Rick Pitino and the Cardinals' program "a lot."
He likes a lot of schools a lot. Parker said there are "about 15" still under serious consideration, and he's in no rush to cut that list.
"I just look at almost every school around the country," Parker said. "If they throw the name out, I'm pretty much considering them."
Trimming the list isn't Parker's priority. He has others.
Much of his to-do list centers on off-court improvements. Reporters who've followed Parker say he's made major strides in giving interviews, and on Friday night he seemed cool and comfortable as he fielded questions.
"I'm getting used to (the attention)," Parker said. "I know in college and in the pros, if I make it that far, it's going to get worse. So right now I really can't complain. I really got it easy, and what doesn't kill me just makes me stronger."
Media relations isn't Parker's only project this offseason. He's honing his fundamentals, working on finding the spots on the floor from which he scores most effectively. He's trying to become a better teammate, too. He singled out "attitude" as an offseason priority, noting that he wants to be a better locker-room guy.
"At the heat of the moment, I'm working on being more mature and just being patient with my guys," Parker said.
And Parker intends to be equally patient as recruiting services and coaches hound him for a shortened list of prospective colleges.
"They're just doing their job," Parker said. "A lot of schools out here recruiting, they want to find out the latest scoop so they won't be wasting their time. I'm (understanding) on that."
His mother, Lola Parker, takes off some of the heat by fielding those recruiting calls. And Parker intends to keep his cool for a while.
"It's kind of tiring, but I've just got to take my time," Parker said. "I've got to look out for my best interest. It might be a year from now, but most importantly, the big decision's going to be on me, and it's going to be the biggest decision of my life."
Updated April 24, 2012
Top 5 Spartan defensive recruiting prospects by SpartanMag.com
CB Darian Hicks of Solon High School, Ohio - "...Hicks has over a dozen scholarship offers at this point, but look for this to come down to the Spartans versus Penn State."
DE Alec James of Brookfield East High School, Wisconsin - "...The Spartans like his ability to come off the edge. James has been to East Lansing twice in recent weeks and his recruitment looks like it will come down to a Spartans versus Badgers battle."
ATH Delton Williams of Erie Cathedral Prep High School, Pennsylvania - "...The Spartans like Williams' versatility and he informed SpartanMag.com that the coaches have told him he could play safety, linebacker or even some offense if need be. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Williams has seen his offer list explode in recent weeks and he now has scholarships comparable with a high 3-star if not 4-star recruit."
DB Antonio Allen of Ben Davis High School, Indiana - "...comes from the same high school and plays the same position as current All-Big Ten safety Isaiah Lewis. Allen could come to Michigan State, have a chance to learn from Lewis, and then step in and be a 3-year starter. Iowa and Purdue are other teams that are actively involved at this point."
DE Kevin Robbins of Bishop McNamara High School, Maryland - "...the son of a former Spartan and NFL offensive lineman, Kevin Robbins Sr...could easily play on the offensive side at tight end. He could also fill out considerably and be a 3-technique DT. .Robbins has a dozen scholarship offers on the table."
For full recruit profiles go to: SpartanMag.com
Updated: April 16, 2012
Spartans gain 2 early big-time commitments
MSU football picked up two key commitments for the class of 2013. Quarterback Damion Terry of Erie Cathedral Prep High School in Pennsylvania and Linebacker Shane Jones of Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio announced to today their intentions to attend Michigan State University next fall.
On Damion Terry:
"The 6-foot-4, 215-pound signal-caller was evaluated at his high school by the Spartan staff during spring workouts. Terry then decided to make his decision to commit to the Spartans. Michigan State was the first school to offer Terry a scholarship back in February.
"Yes, I committed to Michigan State," Terry said. "I spoke with the coaches and they were fired up. The coaches have said they like the fact that I am a mobile quarterback with a strong arm and I am accurate. I also had scholarship offers from Boston College, Illinois and Duke."Terry visited Michigan State twice in the past few weeks and came away impressed with what he saw in East Lansing."
On Shane Jones:
"The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Jones is one of the most sought-after linebacker recruits in the nation for the class of 2013. Rivals.com ranks him a 4-star recruit and he held over 20 scholarship offers from programs such as Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State and Texas A&M.
Jones had the following to say about his decision to attend Michigan State to SpartanMag.com."Yes, I committed to Michigan State," he said. "It is a great feeling today and I am happy to be a Spartan. The coaching staff really stood out compared to the other places and I felt the most comfortable there."
Michigan State has had tremendous success at Moeller High School and players from the Cincinnati powerhouse have had just as much success in East Lansing. Linebacker Greg Jones was a consensus All-American at Michigan State. Defensive end Marcus Rush was Freshmen All-American last fall. SpartanMag.com has predicted that 2012 signee Monty Madaris could make an early impact in East Lansing."
Updated: March 7, 2012
Future Spartan ballers in the news
GARY HARRIS: (SG 6-6, 208)
"NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- Hamilton Southeastern's Gary Harris reminded Noblesville coach Dave McCollough of another recent Indiana high school basketball legend Friday night. It was definitely a compliment, even though Harris' 36-point, eight-rebound performance hardly brought back pleasant memories during No. 1 HSE's 73-65 victory over the Millers in a Class 4A Sectional 8 semifinal game.DENZEL VALENTINE: (SG 6-6, 205)
"For three years, I sat there and watched (North Central's) Eric Gordon do that on Friday night of the sectional against us,'' McCollough said in reference to the current New Orleans Hornets player. "Now, it's Harris. What a player.''
The Michigan State signee followed his bravo performance in a first-round game against North Central -- he hit a game-winning 35-foot shot at the buzzer -- with perhaps an even better performance Friday, going 11-for-16 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line.
The Royals (22-2) needed nearly every bit of it to hold off the upset-minded Millers (13-10) before a capacity crowd of 4,200 and advance to tonight's championship game against No. 4 Carmel, which beat Zionsville in the other semifinal.
"He hit some unbelievable shots," McCollough said. "I thought he got very few what I would call easy, uncontested looks.''
Noblesville led by as many as six in the second quarter before HSE closed the half on a 20-7 spurt during which Harris hit three consecutive 3-pointers. He also went 7-for-7 from the line before the break and finished with 20 first-half points.
Even HSE coach Brian Satterfield, who has been watching Harris closely these past four years, was impressed.
"We feel like we have a great team and guys that can do a great job,'' Satterfield said. "When other guys are getting things done, we go with that. But sometimes when he thinks he needs to take over, he does that. He did that tonight.''" For entire article go to: indystar.com
"EATON RAPIDS Top-ranked Sexton began their Class B district semifinal at Eaton Rapids on a 21-0 run as it rolled to a 71-26 victory over the host Greyhounds. Bryn Forbes led the way with 21 points for the Big Reds, who did not allow a field goal to Eaton Rapids until the final 19 seconds of the first quarter.“We believe every game is a tough game for us, because you have to respect your opponent, no matter who they are,” Sexton coach Carlton Valentine said. “We respect Eaton Rapids and their program, and we came out and played like it.” Anthony Clemmons scored 12 points and Denzel Valentine added 11 to help Sexton advance to the district semifinals against Haslett on Wednesday." Source: saxo.highschoolsports.netMATT COSTELLO: (PF 6-9, 225)
"AUBURN — Matt Costello had 24 points and 13 rebounds as host Bay City Western beat Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 53-42 in nonleague boys’ basketball action on Friday night.KENNY KAMINSKI: (PF 6-7, 230)
For Costello, who was named a Mr. Basketball finalist earlier in the day, the game represented both a chance to showcase his talent against future Western Michigan player Kellen McCormick of Notre Dame Prep, and a chance to give his team a win in his final home game as a Warrior.
“I thought Matt had the advantage on him (McCormick) for most of the night,” Warriors’ coach Chris Watz said. “Matt’s a little taller and longer, and quite a bit stronger.”
McCormick was held to just 12 points, nine of which came without Costello on the court.
The Warriors led 28-17 at halftime, and the Fighting Irish did not come within 10 points for the rest of the game." For entire article go to: www.ourmidland.com/sports
"COPLEY TWP., Ohio – You can call 6-foot-9 senior Kenny Kaminski a difference-maker. That’s what the Michigan State recruit was Saturday night as Medina upset Brunswick 51-45 in a boys Division I sectional final at Copley High School.___________________________________________
Kaminski came up big in the fourth quarter, scoring eight of his 15 points in the final period, including back-to-back threes.
When asked about Kaminski’s performance in the fourth quarter, Medina head coach Anthony Stacey called it “huge.”
“There’s a reason why he’s going to Michigan State,” Stacey said. “Obviously his rhythm isn’t where he would like it to be. He’s not in great shape because he’s been out for so long. Being 6-9 and that skilled, it’s tough to guard and a pleasure to have.”
Kaminski returned to the court for Medina only two weeks ago after suffering a torn right labrum (shoulder injury) before the season began. Recovery time for such an injury is four-to-six months. Kaminski made it back in three-and-a-half months.
Brunswick began the fourth quarter on a six-point run by junior forward Taylor Armagost to close the gap to 36-35. Medina’s Billy Geschke hit a jumper to make it 38-35, setting the stage for Kaminski’s heroics.
The next time down the floor, Kaminski swished a 3-pointer from the right wing to give the Bees a 41-35 lead. Following a Brunswick missed shot, Kaminski was all alone on the left wing behind the arc. His shot hit nothing but nylon. The Bees had a 44-35 lead with three minutes to go.
“I really got in a zone” said Kaminski. “I got open shots. If it wasn’t for my guys passing me the ball when I was open, it wouldn’t have happened. I’m thankful to be on this team.”
Brunswick head coach Joe Mackey knew that Kaminski was the difference in the game.
“He’s going to Michigan State, that says it all,” Mackey said. “You don’t see many of those guys. He made a huge difference tonight as we expected. He makes that team a lot better. With Kenny Kaminski they’re not a No. 10 seed, more like a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed.”" For entire article go to: www.sportsink.com
Updated: February 26, 2012
Spartans get a big-time 4th commitment to 2013 Class
|Running back R.J. Shelton commits to Michigan State today.|
"Shelton, who the Spartans offered a few weeks ago, selected Michigan State over scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. As a junior, Shelton rolled up an impressive 2048-yards on 217 carries and scored 34 touchdowns.___________________________________________
Shelton talked about what made Michigan State the place for him:
"I liked everything about Michigan State and wanted to be part of the program. The coaches and the place itself just fit me the best."
Michigan State has only signed one running back in the last two years and they will lose one or possibly two running backs after the 2012 season. A player of Shelton's ability could come in and make an early impact.
Shelton talked about meeting with the staff this morning and their reaction to his decision to become a member of the Green and White.
"I was able to sit down and meet with Coach Dantonio this morning and we talked quite a bit. The coaches were excited when I told them. They said they cannot wait to coach me and am looking forward to helping me become a great player and young man...My strengths are my speed and my ability to make people miss," Shelton said. "My family is behind me 100% and always has been. They are excited and have been very supportive.""
Updated: February 16, 2012
Spartan Recruiting Profile: Kenny Kaminski
|PF Kenny Kaminski MSU Recruiting Class 2012|
"One of the top players in Ohio in 2012, Kenny Kaminski is at his best as a pick-and-pop four. Kaminski is one of the premier 3-point shooters in the senior class.___________________________________________
"Kenny Kaminski is kind of a throwback player," said Izzo. "He is a big guy, but he can shoot the ball. He has played football in high school. He is a guy that we think is going to be an incredible stretch the defense kind of person. He can really shoot the ball and that is his strongest suit. We are going to have to keep working on his quickness, his rebounding, his defense just like all freshmen have to learn. As far as a guy that has a skill, he is a guy that has an incredible skill. He has a great passion to be here, great passion for the game, he works out relentlessly."
Kaminski is ranked the No. 84 overall and the No. 25 power forward in the Class of 2012. He averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game as a junior at Medina High School, where he also played tight end in football.
Kaminski committed to the Spartans on the final day of July two summers ago. The Medina standout chose Michigan State over scholarship offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Arizona State."
Updated: February 14, 2012
R.J. Shelton: The next Spartan?
Article by: Matt Dorsey
SpartanMag.com Recruiting Analyst
"Running back recruiting is imperative for Michigan State this year and the Spartan staff is being very aggressive about going after the players they have at the top of their recruiting board. Last week Mark Dantonio offered a scholarship to 5-foot-11, 185-pound R.J. Shelton of Beaver Dam High School in Wisconsin. It is very possible he will be the next member of the Spartan recruiting class of 2013.For the rest of the article go to: SpartanMag.com
Shelton has had an outstanding junior season for Beaver Dam High School. He rushed for 2048-yards on 217-carries and scored 34 touchdowns. That season followed a sophomore year in which he rushed for 1296-yards on 189-carries and scored 28 touchdowns. Shelton is viewed as the top running back in Wisconsin for the class of 2013.
Shelton comes from a very athletic family, his father played football for the Badgers and his mother played basketball for them. The strong family ties to Wisconsin had many thinking that the Badgers would be the team to beat, but Michigan State has made Shelton a top priority for the class and last Friday Mark Dantonio extended a scholarship to him.
Shelton had a lot of positives to say about the Spartan program when we asked him about it.
"I love everything they do at Michigan State," he stated. "I really want to be a part of the program. I was there this past fall for the Indiana game. The coaches there are great and it just feels like home."
One of the positive aspects for Michigan State in the recruitment of Shelton is the fact that his primary recruiter at Michigan State is Running Back Coach Brad Salem. Coach Salem has long had his eye on Shelton and was instrumental on making sure the Spartans offered Shelton a scholarship.
Shelton's comments about Michigan State University make it seem like a commitment to the Green and White is imminent. We asked him if that was indeed the case.
"Yes, I plan on committing when I go down there for their Junior Day on February 25th," Shelton said.
A commitment from Shelton would give the Spartans a speed back that can take it the distance. Shelton has been clocked as fast as 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. As evidenced by his highlight film above, when he breaks into the open field it is 6-points."
All-American Gary Harris ready to lead Spartans
Updated: February 10, 2012
|Gary Harris is rated the #1 SG overall in 2012 by ESPNU|
One 5-star and three 4-star rated prospects make up the 2012 recruiting class. Most recruiting services are ranking this as a top 5 class. Headlined by the top shooting guard in the nation Gary Harris. Harris is joined by fellow ESPN top 100 players, shooting guard Denzel Valentine, forwards Kenny Kaminski and Matt Costello who make up the core four. This class will provide immediate help and depth to a team only losing two seniors and just one starter.
Next year is 'show out' time for All-American Gary Harris in East Lansing. He is rated by many scouting services as the best shooting guard in the 2012 class. Recently, Harris was selected to play in the 2012 McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic, both games are reserved only for the elite high school prospects in the country. Gary Harris becomes the latest in a long line of talented guard to join the Spartans. He joins a great list of past Spartans shooting guards like Mo Peterson, Steve Smith, Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager. Harris is not going to be stepping on any teammates toes either, because all indications are that he's a team guy first.
"All the schools had the same thing but it came down to the school I was most comfortable with. The family atmosphere (at Michigan State) was like no other. The way they treat each other and act and get along -- it's a great feeling." Harris said after he made his decision to attend MSU. "I'll have to come in there, put in the hard work and make sure I'm in a position to be where those guys are. I have a long way to go. I think Izzo can get it out of me."His play will speak for itself (Gary Harris highlights) giving him instant credibility as one of the leaders of the team. Izzo will expect much from Harris in his first year and there will be plenty of side-line pep talks, but at the same time expect lots of Izzo smiles and fist pumps. Coach Izzo was one of the main reasons he chose Michigan State.
"He comes at me like a father figure," Harris said. "The respect that he has from everyone, his players, the people outside the program; he's a great guy and a guy that you would want to be around."There was lots of different pressures that came at Harris during the recruiting process. Being an Indianapolis product brought on lots of pressure to play in his home state. Some of his friends and AAU teammates were signing with Indiana University to play for Tom Creen. He also had family connections with Purdue. Not to mention the full court press from Kentucky and John Calipari who were also making a late push to get Harris to come to Lexington. The way Harris carried himself on and off the court during the recruiting process showed lots of maturity. Harris is sure be starting at the two guard spot next fall for Izzo making him a legitimate option on offense. Teaming up with Keith Appling next year could very well become the top back court in the B1G conference and surely one of the best in the nation.
|Harris at the NBA Top 100 Camp - 2011|
Skill, toughness and leadership are staples of the Michigan State program.
Next year leadership will be a question with the departure of senior forward Draymon Green. Expect other players to pick up next year like Appling, Branden Dawson and Derrick Nix. In addition to improved team play overall, it will be a huge boost when Harris is inserted in to the line up. Getting a polished guard with great leadership skills will fill in the leadership void Green leaves behind.
Harris' summer coach Sean Bledsoe in an interview with SpartanMag.com offered some insight in to what Spartan fans can expect next year.
"Gary will be ready to fight for a starting job from Game one, not seven, eight, nine, or 10 games into the year," said Bledsoe. "I don't think there is anyone in the country in this class that has the basketball IQ that he does at his position. His intelligence is going to help him early. He can also help win games by sheer playmaking. Those are going to be things at Michigan State that count early.A lot of hyped freshman have come in to college basketball in recent years and have struggled while take a long time to grasp the college game. Bledsoe believes that Harris possesses the mental toughness necessary to impact the Michigan State program immediately.
"When you watch their team play in the past, and they have had some tremendous teams, they always have what I call 'grit guys.' Even though these guys are talented, they don't win just because of talent. They win because they out-tough you, they win because they outsmart you, and they are going to out-grit you. That is one of the reasons why I believe Gary will early success at Michigan State. I have told Coach Izzo a number of times that I think Gary is a combination of Shannon Brown and Maurice Ager"
"According to the RSCI (Recruiting Services Consensus Index), which averages the rankings several recruiting analysts, Harris is the first consensus Top 25 guard signed by the Spartans since the Class of 2003 when Michigan State signed Shannon Brown (No. 3) and Brandon Cotton (No. 23). Other consensus Top 25 guards signed during the Izzo era include Kelvin Torbert (No. 2) in the Class of 2001, Marcus Taylor (No. 5) in the Class of 2000, Jason Richardon (No. 15) in the Class of 1999, and Mateen Cleaves (No. 8), in the Class of 1996." -SpartanMag.com__________________________________________
Spartans add more talent and depth to WR position
Updated: January 30, 2012
Michigan State received a verbal commitment from Cincinnati Moeller wide receiver Monty Madaris last Sunday. Madaris is listed at 6-feet-2 and 190 pounds and is considered a 4-star recruit by ESPN.com. ESPN ranks Madaris as the No. 36 receiver prospect in the country.
Madaris is a very exciting prospect as a versatile inside and outside receiver that possesses very good height, a wiry, but strong frame and very good quickness and flexibility to his change-of-direction. Madaris is a really savvy prospect especially out of the slot when working against zone defense.
He also had scholarship offers from Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan and Nebraska, among others.
All National letters of intent are signed this Wednesday.
Spartan Recruit Profile: Matt Costello
Updated: January 29, 2012
|PF Matt Costello MSU Recruiting Class 2012|
"Matt Costello brings us an emotional big man, a guy who plays extremely hard," Tom Izzo said. "He is 6-9, 6-9 and half. He can shoot the ball from the perimeter. I've seen him have some great games both in the summer and last year. He is well-coached in high school. He is versatile and he can do a lot of things. He is not just a low post player. He is a pretty good passer. He can step out and shoot the ball some. But he plays hard and that is what I love about Matt Costello."
Costello led Bay City Western to the Class A semifinals as a junior. He averaged 19.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per game in 2010-2011. Costello set a school record with 19 double doubles as a junior. This season Costello has consistently scored above 30 points and grabbed over 20 boards in recent performances. Last week against Flint Southwest he scored a career-high 49 points to go along with 20 rebounds.
Costello committed to Michigan State two days after Denzel Valentine 15 months ago. The Bay City Western standout also had offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Southern Cal., and Butler.
Who is Jabari Parker?
Michigan State fan need to get to know this top rated high school recruit for the Class of 2013. Currently Jabari is considered the best high school player in America regardless of class.
The 6'8" 220 lb forward has all the tools and natural gifts to one day be considered the best to ever play the game. Point guard handles and vision, a scorers mentality with a pure jump shot. He has been described as the next "Grant Hill" but with more athleticism, if you can image what that looks like! (Sophomore Year Highlights)
He is the son of former NBA player and Chicago Legend Sonny Parker. As a 9 year old Jabari was good enough to play on his 8th grade school team, but was eventually not allowed due to liabilities.
Jabari attends and plays basketball for Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, which is the same prep school that produced reigning NBA MVP, Derrick Rose. As a freshman he lead Simeon to a state championship, something Rose had not done. Again as a sophomore he lead his team to yet another state title. Before his junior season began he was named USA Basketball's 2011 Male Athlete of the Year. Early in the season Parker established the Simeon single-game scoring record with 40 points in 21 minutes of play to go along with 16 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.
His list of schools vying for this talents are: Michigan State, Illinois, Duke, Kansas and Washington (yes I said Washington, not a typo...his father played in the NBA with head coach Lorenzo Romar).
Jabari has been advised to keep his options open and wait until his senior season to make a decision.
Keep in mind that MSU has some key advantages:
1. MSU Basketball is among the elite and brand names of college basketball.
2. Jabari is very close with his family and would likely want to remain close to home.
3. In 2013 MSU will once again play in the Carrier Classic, what a stage for your first college game!
4. Tom Izzo rarely goes after #1 prospects, unless he knows he's not wasting time.
We must all remain patient and let the process play out. Thank goodness for the NBA age limit!
For more on Jabari Parker go to: Jabari Parker balances Mormon faith, fierceness on the court by Seth Davis