’23 Jeremy Fears Jr. Chooses Michigan State
BY:Matt Reynolds

Top-30 national recruit, Jeremy Fears Jr., committed to Michigan State this afternoon, choosing the Spartans over Illinois and Michigan.

The ultimate Floor General, Fears has tremendous vision and is gifted at creating open looks for teammates all over the floor. At 6-foot-1 he doesn’t have great positional size but he makes up for it with a sturdy build, body control, and burst. In both transition and the half-court, he’s capable of blowing by his defender and finishing with craft and touch. He excels most, however, when the defense collapses. He has an innate ability to manipulate multiple defenders at once, drawing them away from assignments and then connecting with his open shooters. Fears changes directions on a dime and can change speeds with the best of them, making him very difficult to defend one-on-one. He also shows promise as an on-ball defender, using his quick-twitch nature and instincts to create turnovers. One part of his game I’d love to see improvement in is as a shot-maker. He can be streaky from deep and if he can become more consistent, it’ll unlock a new level to his offensive ceiling. All in all, Fears is highly intelligent, has phenomenal awareness, plays with a poise beyond his years.

He played for the United States in the 2021 FIBA U16s and averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, including a huge performance in the Semi-Finals against Canada, posting 18 points, 3 steals, and 2 assists. In the FIBA U16s, he also performed well in the data captured by Cerebro Sports, especially their “Floor General Skills” metric. I expect Jeremy Fears Jr. to be an instant impact point guard the moment he steps on campus. What’s even crazier to think about – he’s a 2023 with still plenty of room to improve as a shooter. I can’t wait to track him as he finishes his high school career at La Lumiere, and beyond.

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