Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo announced the Spartans’ 2018 five-player recruiting in a press conference on Wednesday.
Among the recruiting class, which ranks 10th in the nation and third in the Big Ten, is 4-star Clarkston (Mich.) point guard Foster Loyer, 4-star Belleville (Mich.) wing Gabe Brown and 3-star Clarkston (Mich.) forward Thomas Kithier. Marcus Bingham Jr. and Aaron Henry were the other prospects in the class.
Loyer signed his letter of intent to Michigan State on Wednesday, giving the Spartans the No. 114 player in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Loyer signed alongside his teammate, Kithier, in a ceremony at their high school. In doing so, they became the second and third players in the class.
The son of former Detroit Pistons coach John Loyer, Loyer stands 6 feet tall and ranks 19th nationally among point guards in the 2018 class. As a junior, he led Clarkston to a state championship, its first under longtime coach Dan Fife, father of Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife.
In 21 games on the 2017 Nike EYBL circuit for All Ohio Red, Loyer averaged 16.8 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He shot 46.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. He hit 102 of 104 free throws, good for 98.1 percent.
Loyer has been committed to Michigan State for nearly a year. Thirteen days after the Spartans signed their 2017 class, he made his pledge on Nov. 22 and was a regular at the Breslin Center throughout the 2016-17 season.
“They’ve been great to me every time I’ve been around,” Loyer told Land of 10. “Getting down there and getting to talk to the guys after I’m officially part of the Spartan family, it was definitely special.”
Loyer chose Michigan State over offers from Davidson, DePaul, Purdue and Saint Louis, among others. He ranks fourth among in-state prospects, third among the four committed to the Spartans.
Michigan State inked the No. 96 player in the 247Sports composite rankings when Brown signed on Wednesday morning.
Brown wasted no time becoming the first official member of the Spartans’ five-member 2018 class.
A 6-foot-8 1/2 senior with a 7-3 wingspan, Brown has said he tries to play like Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. He expects to be a two-guard in college.
“With the way I shoot the ball, I’ve got a feeling I would thrive in their system where I can attack the basket and defend, block shots, basically what [sophomore wing] Miles Bridges is doing,” Brown told Land of 10 after committing. “I could take his position and do it even better.”
Brown landed a Michigan State offer on June 17 and wasted no time becoming the third player to commit to the Spartans. He announced his pledge on June 20, honoring his late father who had wanted him to earn that offer.
During the 2017 Nike EYBL season, Brown averaged 9.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 47.9 shooting from the field. A knee injury cut short his final summer of AAU basketball in July, but he announced his clearance to return to action on Oct. 25.
Brown chose Michigan State over offers from Central Michigan, DePaul, Detroit Mercy and Oakland, among others. He ranks second among in-state prospects, third among those committed to the Spartans.
Michigan State landed the nation’s No. 161 player in the 247Sports composite rankings on Wednesday when Kithier signed his letter of intent.
A Macomb (Mich.) Dakota standout through his junior year, Kithier transferred to Clarkston over the summer. In doing so he joined Loyer, whom he had long played with on the AAU trail for All Ohio Red. He joins a reigning state championship team coached by Dan Fife, father of Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife.
In 21 games on the 2017 Nike EYBL circuit, Kithier averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks. He shot 58.1 percent from the field and hit 11 of 33 shots from long range.
Kithier’s commitment ended the longest verbal commitment of the class. He pledged to the Spartans on Aug. 20, 2016 and remained firm throughout the process.
“Obviously they win,” Kithier told Land of 10 of why he chose MSU, “but Coach [Tom] Izzo cares for you. He’s tough on the court, and I love that from a coach, and then off the court he’ll do anything for you. It’s just the family atmosphere they provide there. It’s unbelievable, top-notch.”
Kithier chose Michigan State over offers from DePaul, Detroit Mercy and Oakland, among others. He ranks seventh among in-state prospects in the 2018 class.
Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski contributed to this report
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