Spartans make final push for top 2019 hoops recruits

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Vernon Carey

East Lansing — As Michigan State gets set to begin the 2018-19 season with an exhibition on Tuesday night against Northern Michigan and a matchup next week against No. 1 Kansas in the Champions Classic, the Spartans are also busy working on their next recruiting class.

Michigan State has one commitment for 2019 — guard Rocket Watts, ranked the No. 32 player in the nation — and is making its final push for a handful of other top prospects.

The biggest name on the board is center Vernon Carey. The 6-foot-10 native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the nation and he told 247Sports that he’s taking his final official visit to Michigan State on Nov. 9-11 and will make his decision by the end of November.

Carey already visited Michigan State last February but a change in recruiting rules has allowed for a second visit. Carey is taking an official visit to North Carolina this weekend and was at Miami for an official visit last weekend. He has also made official visits to Duke and Kentucky.

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Carey told 247Sports' Evan Daniels he still doesn’t have a favorite but would likely cut it down to three schools after his final two visits before making his decision.

Forward Malik Hall of Sunrise Christian Academy said he will announce his commitment on Thursday. The 52nd-ranked player in the nation is choosing between Michigan State, Purdue and Oregon.

Michigan State is also in the running for a handful of other top recruits, led by five-star big man Isaiah Stewart. The 6-9, 245-pounder is ranked the No. 5 player in the nation and has taken an official visit to Michigan State.

The Spartans are also among the finalists for five-star wing Keion Brooks, a teammate of Stewart’s at La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind., as well as five-star big man Trayce Jackson-Davis of Greenwood, Ind., and four-star center Drew Timme of Richardson, Texas.

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