The Lansing State Journal is reporting that Denzel Valentine committed to Michigan State today. Once Michigan State offered Valentine a scholarship, many considered this a forgone conclusion because Valentine’s father Carlton played basketball at Michigan State.
“I felt like I just could have the best career there. Being a hometown kid, pretty much it’s the dream school for everybody that lives in the area,” Denzel Valentine said. “I just talked it over with my mom, my brother, my dad. I got every input, how they felt, and pretty much everybody said Michigan State is the place for me.”
Sam Hosey posted some very interesting quotes from Valentine and his father about the visit to Michigan:
“Michigan came really hard,” Valentine said. “The visit (on August 3) was amazing. They made a video highlight tape of their players. I met the athletic director. They took me to the new (facility) and the (football) stadium. It was great.”
Carlton Valentine echoed his son’s sentiments.
“Michigan came strong, man. I’m serious,” he said. “We were ready to commit right there. Those coaches, they are unbelievable. They treated my family with the utmost respect.
“If I was a player, I would’ve committed. Seriously. The visit was crazy. We pulled up and the coaches met us at the car. Coach (John) Beilein just about did the whole visit himself.”
Valentine wasn’t the only 2012 wing on the Michigan radar so it’s good news that Valentine wrapped his recruitment up sooner than later. Michigan has offered Flint Powers wing Javontae Hawkins and Indiana guard Gary Harris. They are also a strong player in Canadian Nick Stauskas’ recruitment.