Akins & Hoggard Declare for Draft Evaluation and Which Recruits Izzo is Targeting this Summer

The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule - A Podcast Discussing Michigan State Basketball.

28-04-2023 • 1 hr 2 mins

April 27, 2023: Unsurprisingly, Jaden Akins declared his intention to enter the NBA draft for evaluation while maintaining his college eligibility. After Akin (probably) didn't enter the transfer portal, it was expected by most that he would look to see what his draft prospects were in the NBA. Also, Tom Izzo mentioned at a press conference a few weeks ago that he wouldn't be surprised either if Akins and Hoggard chose this path for evaluation by pro scouts.

Hoggard's entrance into the evaluation process involved much less fan fare as he didn't even post about it until the list came out two days later. After the discovery by the media, Hoggard posted on social media his intentions of entering the evaluation for the draft but few expect that he will be projected as a first or second round draft pick and will almost certainly return to MSU for his senior season.

Rod also discussed in the episode his impressions on the opening of the 2023 AAU season and who MSU seems to be targeting for 2024 and 2025 high school recruits. Of interest is that the commitment of Jesse McCulloch does not seem to have altered MSU's plans on looking at more players at the 4 position for the 2024 class.

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