Several highly sought-after basketball players – two targeted by both Michigan State and Michigan – have said they will announce Thursday what school they will attend on Thursday.
Devin Booker, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Moss Point, Miss., and James Blackmon, a 6-3 shooting guard from Marion, Ind., both include Michigan and Michigan State among their finalists.
Booker is a four-star player and rated No. 30 in the nation, according to Rivals.com and is choosing between Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Missouri and Florida. Scout.com says he is the No. 5 shooting guard in the country.
Booker grew up with his mother in Grand Rapids before moving to Mississippi with his father as a sophomore in high school. Indications have been that he is strongly considering Kentucky and Missouri, where his father played, but the Wolverines and Spartans are not out of the picture.
Booker averaged 29.7 points per game as a junior at Moss Point, when he was named Mississippi's Gatorade Player of the Year. Booker spent the past two summers on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit and played in the Under Armour Elite 24 game in New York in August. He is announcing his decision at 4 p.m. at his high school.
Rivals.com rates Blackmon as a five-star talent and the No. 23 overall player in the nation while 247sports.com ranks the former Indiana commit as the No. 34 player. Scout.com has Blackmon as a four-star talent and No. 6 at his position nationally.
He has taken official visits to Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan and has taken an unofficial visit to Michigan State. His announcement is coming on ESPNU at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe vs. Troy football game that starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans will also be paying close attention to forward Kevon Looney out of Milwaukee. The 6-9 Looney is rated the No. 8 player in the nation by 247sports and 13th by Rivals.com. Many believe Duke is in the lead for Looney, but very little has come out on which way he is leaning, giving Michigan State a shot.
Looney is also considering Florida, Tennessee, UCLA and Wisconsin and will announce his decision at noon on Thursday.
Michigan State is continuing to pursue 6-5 forward Trevon Bluiett, the 45th-ranked player according to Rivals.com. He originally committed to UCLA before backing out and is said to be choosing between Xavier, Butler and Michigan State. He has not announced when he will announce his decision, but it is expected soon.
The Spartans also remain in the mix for Chicago big man Cliff Alexander, a consensus top-five player. The 6-9 forward is deciding between Kansas, Illinois, DePaul, Memphis and Michigan State. The belief recently has been he is leaning toward Kansas, but he had an official visit to Illinois last weekend and sources say he will be at Michigan State this weekend. He wrote on Twitter that he is announcing his decision on Nov. 16, his birthday.
Michigan State has two commitments for the 2014 class – point guard Lourawls Nairn and wing Javon Bess. Michigan has four commits – forward Kameron Chatman, forward Ricky Doyle, guard Austin Hatch and forward D.J. Wilson.