Thoughts of Tom Izu’s death in the enlistment path have been greatly exaggerated.
The Hall of Fame coach has had a massive hit…the five-star, 6-foot-10, XAVIER BOOKER has committed in Michigan.
/ Shot rips from Fireball
/ Takes a deep breath
/ turns off “all caps” (before the editor yells at me)
Poker first announced the news via Instagram Live, with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.
This is huge. I don’t have to tell you that, but since it’s so much fun, we’ll tell you why anyway. Booker — who dropped out of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and helped lead the Irish Fighters to the 2021-2022 Indiana State Championships — is Ezo’s biggest recruit since Garen Jackson Jr. (with the exception of Emmoney Bates, who later dropped out of Michigan State University).
He is ranked as the number one player in the entire 2023 class, according to Rivals. He also ranks as the No. 3 Rookie in the nation according to 247Sports Special Rankings, and the No. 1 rated power forward in his class. Meanwhile, On3.com earned Booker as the No. 6 player in the country.
However, he is currently ranked as the 58th player overall, 11th forward and 3rd player outside of Indiana, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, which provides a total score based on the combined industry ratings of several players. Various employment service websites.
It’s easy to justify his evaluation, too – he can do just about everything. He can shoot and handle the ball very well for someone of his size. Its wingspan of 7 feet and 4 feet makes it a powerful protector. His recovery is elite. He can also do dry cleaning, groom your dog, wax your car, and file your taxes all in one afternoon. It is the complete package.
Select Poker Spartans more (insert any school you can think of here). His last ten schools have included Michigan, Oregon, Auburn, Purdue, Indiana, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and Ohio State. Duke and Kansas offered scholarships and tried to join in to recruit him too, but time was too short – which makes this recruitment a great win on Izu’s part.
See, Booker hasn’t always been ranked as a top-five in the 2023 class. Izzo saw something in Booker early on when recruiting sites made him rank 90th in the country and made a huge time commitment to him. Booker noted this, noting that long relationship in an interview with On3’s Joe Tipton:
“I obviously have a good relationship with coach (Tom) Ezo, coach (Mark) Montgomery and the rest of the crew,” Booker said. “They’ve been with me for about a year now. They’ve been there for my worst matches and my best games, but the one thing they haven’t stopped doing is recruiting me. They’ve always been by my side, giving me feedback in the manner of constructive criticism. They’ve always stuck with me and checked in with me. “.
With the Poker hiring boom, other schools have taken notice. Well, now they can still see Booker wearing green and white in the 2023-2024 season (and hopefully more).
With Booker’s commitment, Michigan State has an impressive two-man class 2023 so far, with the Spartans also carrying a commitment from Jeremy Fears Jr. also. The talented four-star goalkeeper (who could collide with five stars in the upcoming assessment cycle) shone at the FIBA U-17 World Cup, which led to the United States taking the gold medal. he is Recently joined the Elite Extra League like that.
MSU has plenty of scholarships available for the class of 2023, so it will be up to Izzo and the company on how many children they want to add to this already impressive class.