2023 Four-star PG Jeremy Fears Jr. chooses MSU over Michigan, Illinois


MSU head coach Tom Izzo/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Manit Patel, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING, Mich—MSU head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team kick-started its 2023 recruiting class on Thursday afternoon with the commitment of point guard Jeremy Fears Jr.

Fears, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard from Joliet, Illinois, who transferred to play his final high school years at La Lumiere (Indiana), committed on ESPNU during halftime of the Montverde (Florida) vs. Sunrise Christian (Kansas) matchup. Former Spartan forward and current Memphis Grizzly Jaren Jackson Jr. also played for La Lumiere before joining MSU in 2017 as a five-star recruit.

Other notable players, including former Michigan guard and current Golden State Warrior Jordan Poole, current UCLA starting point guard Tyger Campbell and former Washington center and current Piston Isaiah Stewart, also recently attended La Lumiere.

Prior to committing to Michigan State, Fears had publicly narrowed his list down to five schools, with the other four finalists being Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, and UConn. He received a total of 21 offers, with other notable offers including Creighton, Gonzaga, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Maryland, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Xavier.

Fears is a four-star prospect by 247Sports, coming in as the No. 27 ranked player in the country for the class of 2023. He is also the No. 7 point guard in the class, and the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Indiana. 247Sports Director of Basketball Scouting, Jerry Meyers, has projected Fears as a potential first round pick.

Meyers categorizes Fears as a guard who “plays with poise and composure, but has a quick burst to the basket going either direction.” He also classifies Fears as a player who “uses change of pace and direction extremely well” and whose “greatest strength is running a team as a floor general.”

The point guard committed quite early in the recruiting cycle; head coach Tom Izzo hasn’t rounded out the 2022 recruiting class as of yet. Fears and Izzo will try to use the early commitment of Fears to their advantage as they try to sway numerous Spartan targets throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana. Current Spartan and Illinois native Max Christie’s younger brother, Cameron, is also a Spartan target for the class of 2023.

Cameron is rated as a high three-star prospect by 247Sports that has offers from MSU, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa State, Iowa and DePaul.