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Michigan State Basketball: Five-star power forward Jaren Jackson commits to the Spartans

According to a report by Paul Biancardi of, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has landed his first post-Hall-of-Fame-induction recruit… and it’s a big one.

“I didn’t plan it this way,” Jackson said. “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,” Jackson said. “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.”

Apparently the fact that Izzo visited Jackson within a few days of entering the Hall of Fame helped Izzo’s cause.

“It was crazy he came to visit me right after I was watching him on television from the Hall of Fame,” Jackson said. “I heard he was coming but I did not know for sure he would show up. That meant a lot to me.”

Jackson is Izzo’s first commit for the 2017 season. According to Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports, Jackson is a five-star recruit. ESPN has him rated as a four-star prospect. Regardless of the number of stars assigned to the 6-foot-10-inch, 225-pound power forward from La Lumiere School in LaPorte, Indiana, the fact that Jackson picked MSU over Notre Dame, Maryland, Purdue and Georgetown is a good sign that Izzo isn’t slowing down on the recruiting trail.

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