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2023 5-star power forward Xavier Booker commits to Michigan State

July 30, 2022
<p>Michigan State men&#x27;s basketball head coach Tom Izzo walks down the court after arguing a call during the Spartans&#x27; 79-67 win over Nebraska on Jan. 5, 2022.</p>

Michigan State men's basketball head coach Tom Izzo walks down the court after arguing a call during the Spartans' 79-67 win over Nebraska on Jan. 5, 2022.

Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

In a class that already features four-star point guard Jeremy Fears, Head Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans now add the third-best player in the country, big man Xavier Booker. 

Earlier this year, the 6’10 Booker took a huge jump in the recruiting rankings, going from number 91 to number four overall in his class at that point, yet it has been reported that Izzo has been in contact with him even before the leap.

Booker is the first national top ten commit for the Spartans since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017.

The Indiana product at first glance seems to be a guard trapped in a front court player’s body. His skill set includes taking defenders off the dribble and finishing above or around them as well as the ability to knock down threes. On the other side of the ball, he has a knack for blocking shots as he recorded 2.3 blocks per game as a junior for Class 4A state champion Cathedral High School. 

Even after adding Booker, the Spartans are not done yet for 2023 as they recently made the top three for four-star forward Devin Royal

It remains to be seen how this class will round out, but if it continues to trend in the direction it has been, it has the potential to accomplish special things in East Lansing. 

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