Macomb's Thomas Kithier commits to Michigan State, becomes Spartans' first 2018 pledge


Dakota High School junior forward Thomas Kithier committed to Michigan State on Thursday, making his announcement on Twitter.

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Michigan State basketball picked up its first 2018 recruiting pledge on Thursday, securing a verbal commitment from in-state prospect Thomas Kithier, a rising junior forward from Dakota High School in Macomb.

Kithier, who received a scholarship offer from MSU coach Tom Izzo in mid-June, announced his commitment on Twitter. He told MLive soon after that he visited Michigan State on Tuesday and committed on the spot.

Kithier held scholarship offers from DePaul, Toledo, Milwaukee, Detroit Mercy and Oakland, among others.

The announcement Thursday came as a bit of a surprise. As of last week, Kithier still had plans to visit Michigan State, Michigan, Oakland, Akron and DePaul. He was previously scheduled to attend Michigan's College Practice Camp this weekend in Ann Arbor, a visit that might have included a scholarship offer, but said Thursday he no longer wanted to wait to commit to the Michigan State.

"This is a dream come true," he said.

Kithier grew up playing as a traditional post player but is transitioning to the wing and currently stands at 6 foot, 8 inches, and 220 pounds. He is rated as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and as the No. 123 overall 2018 prospect.

In June, Kithier told MLive that Michigan State's recruitment had been led by assistant coach Dane Fife. According to Kithier, that interest was heavy to start, then slowed, but then ramped back up.

Izzo called Kithier on June 15, the first day for coaches to contact rising high school juniors, to assure Kithier that he was a "top priority."

"Coach Izzo basically said he likes what he's seen out of me," Kithier said. "I'm going up there for Team Camp and he wants to show me around the facility and stuff like that. He said I'm a top priority for him and that he really likes my game a lot."