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Brandon McCoy turns down MSU, commits to UNLV

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
Brandon McCoy

As Michigan State awaits a decision on Wednesday night from one of its top recruiting targets, it found out about another late on Tuesday.

Five-star forward Brandon McCoy of Cathedral Catholic in San Diego announced he had committed to UNLV. It was somewhat of a surprise as Michigan State, Arizona and Oregon were among his finalists, along with San Diego State.

The 6-foot-11-inch All-American is ranked No. 13 overall in the nation by 247sports.com and is a huge recruiting coup for the Runnin Rebels.

Meanwhile, Michigan State will find out at 7 p.m. Wednesday the decision of 6-foot-5-inch guard Mark Smith, a four-star combo guard from Edwardsville, Illinois. He’s holding a press conference at his school to announce where he will be playing next year. Illinois and Ohio State are also being considered while Kentucky and Duke have also shown interest in Smith.

The Spartans have one open scholarship for next season with another still up in the air as they await a decision from the NCAA on Ben Carter’s request for a sixth season of eligibility.

Michigan State has already signed two players for next season — 6-foot-10 All-American forward Jaren Jackson Jr. of La Lumiere School in Indiana and 6-foot-8 center Xavier Tillman, the runner-up for Mr. Basketball from Grand Rapids Christian.