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Sunday / September 20.
  • Jaden Akins to Michigan State

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Michigan State has its point guard of the future.

    Jaden Akins, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from Farmington (MI), committed to the Spartans on Thursday, he told ZAGSBLOG. He also considered DePaul, Michigan, Florida, Northwestern and Mississippi State.

    “I’ll be going to Michigan State University,” he said by phone ahead of his public announcement.

    “They were the first high-major school to recruit me and I have a relationship with the coaching staff. And the opportunity that I feel will be there for me.”

    According to 247Sports.com, Akins is ranked as the No. 12 point guard and No. 90 overall player in the Class of 2021.

    “I feel like I’ll be hard-working play-maker for myself and others and I just can’t wait to get to work,” he said.

    “[Coach Tom Izzo] thinks I’m a point guard that can play off the ball and can bring a lot of versatility.”

    Akins joins shooting guards Max Christie and Pierre Brooks in Michigan State’s 2021 class. They also have Emoni Bates and Enoch Boakye committed for 2022.

    “I was kind of just weighing my options and all the schools that were recruiting me and I just feel like it was the best decision to commit now with not being able to be on campus,” Akins said. “I just felt most comfortable with Michigan State.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.