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Michigan State Basketball in elite company in terms of recruiting, winning
Michigan State Basketball in elite company in terms of recruiting, winning

Over the years, the Michigan State basketball team has had some incredible success.

Tom Izzo has led the program to eight Final Fours, 10 Big Ten regular-season titles, six Big Ten tournament titles and a national championship. He’s done all of this while recruiting at a high level but not exactly landing the numerous one-and-dones like Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky.

Long story short: Izzo simply wins.

A recent graphic made the rounds on social media, detailing the connection between wins and recruiting, and Michigan State was in select company.

As you can see, teams like Duke, Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky all recruit the best college basketball players and are rewarded with wins – and they all had great coaches. Other teams like Gonzaga, Villanova, Virginia and Purdue recruit at a high level but win a lot. And then Houston, San Diego and St. Mary’s recruit at an average level but win the most (elite with lower talent category).

Michigan State, along with Oregon, is just one step behind this first group.

The Spartans have fallen on hard times in recent years, which is why they are not in that elite group of top talent, but if they hadn’t slipped from 2020 to 2024, they would be with Duke, Kansas, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky right now. Being named in that group is a great sign and shows that Michigan State is a blueblood.

It’s time for Izzo to get back on track because it’s clear he’s recruiting at an elite level. He just needs to translate it back onto the field.

By Isla