Chris Allen's just a junior, but he wanted to get the stressful college decision out of the way.
So the high-scoring Meadowcreek guard made a commitment on Wednesday to Michigan State's basketball program, picking the Spartans over Georgia. He also had scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn and a number of other Division I-A schools.
But he ended the speculation by choosing head coach Tom Izzo's program, which has made four Final Four trips in the past seven seasons, including a national championship season in 2000. Izzo was in town for Meadowcreek's Tuesday night game vs. Parkview.
"I'm excited," Allen said on Wednesday night. "I just think it's a good spot for me. After looking at everything, watching games, talking to coaches, talking to players, I just feel like it was a good decision."
The 6-foot-3 guard visited the campus last fall for a football game, and also saw the school as a youngster during trips to the Lansing, Mich., area, where his aunts and uncles live. He also admits he's always been a fan of Michigan State alum and NBA great Magic Johnson.
The Spartans have actively recruited Allen since his freshman season of high school and they were rewarded on Wednesday night with a big prospect. Recruiting Web site Scout.com calls him "one of the top five guards in the Class of 2007."
Now he plans to join one of the nation's top programs.
"It feels good to go to a program like that," Allen said. "It's a relief, too. There's a lot of pressure from the recruiting process and I don't have to worry about it now."