The Big Ten is very much a regionally-based recruiting league. Every good program in the conference has a feeder team at the high school level. At Ohio State, Aaron Craft, Jared Sullinger, Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon all came from the the All-Ohio Red program. Illinois has four guys from the Mac Irvin Fire on its roster. Wisconsin has four members of the Pulley Panthers. Indiana is mining all the talent from Indiana Elite. And at Michigan State, one of the teams coach Tom Izzo leans on is “The Family.” Draymond Green and Derrick Nix are curent products of the Detroit-based club and former Spartans Al Anagonye, Brandon Cotton, Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers were part of “The Family.”
The next man up on the Spartans wish list from "The Family" is 2013 shooting guard James Young (Troy, Mich./Troy). The 6-foot-6-plus wing is Michigan State’s top target in the class and they are doing well.
“Hands down, they’ve been doing a great job,” one source said. When Michigan State unleashes assistant coach Dwayne Stephens, a native of Ferndale, Mich., on an in-state prospect, good things usually happen.
The Kentucky Wildcats and others are also chasing Young but until we hear otherwise, the smart money is on the Spartans to make Young a member of their basketball family.