John Niyo, James Hawkins and Matt Charboneau preview the Michigan State and Michigan college basketball seasons. The Detroit News, The Detroit News
East Lansing – Michigan State added another piece to its 2019 recruiting class on Thursday when four-star forward Malik Hall of Sunrise Christian in Wichita, Kan., announced he was committing.
The 6-foot-7 Hall chose the Spartans ahead of his other finalists, Purdue and Oregon.
Michigan State got into the race late for Hall, but after Hall took his official visit to East Lansing in early October, the Spartans began to emerge as the leader.
Hall, who attends the same school as former Spartan Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn Jr., is rated the No. 52 player in the nation, according to 247Sports.com. He joins former Old Redford Academy and current Spire Academy (Ohio) guard Mark "Rocket" Watts, the No. 32 player in the nation, who committed to Michigan State in late September.
How Hall’s commitment affects the recruitment of five-star forward Keion Brooks is unclear. Brooks, who is rated the No. 21 player in the nation, has been a longtime Michigan State target and announced he would take his final official visit to Michigan State on Nov. 16. He is also considering Indiana, UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina and Purdue.
Michigan State also is still pushing hard for a pair of five-star big men — 6-10 Vernon Carey and 6-9 Isaiah Stewart. Carey, the No. 2 player in the nation, said this week he is taking his final official visit to Michigan State Nov. 9-11 and will make his decision after that. He is also considering Duke, Kentucky, Miami and North Carolina.
Stewart is the No. 5 player in the nation and already has visited Michigan State. He is a teammate of Brooks at La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind., the same school that produced former Spartan Jaren Jackson Jr.