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Four-star forward Trent Sisley is a top target of Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo when it comes to the class of 2025. Sisley recently made headlines when he announced his top five teams – Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame – and now he’s made another major announcement.

On Monday, Sisley announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he was leaving Heritage Hills High School. He will attend Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, for his senior year.

“I want to thank the Heritage Hills community as well as all of my coaches and teammates,” Sisley wrote. “I will forever be grateful for my time as a Patriot. With that in mind, I will be transferring to Montverde Academy for my senior year.”

Sisley told the Indianapolis Star that the move had nothing to do with recruiting.

“It wasn’t about getting more offers or attention. I was already focused on those schools and planning my visits,” Sisley said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be part of a high-level program with a high-level coach. … It’s the best thing for me and my development. I’m going to practice every day and compete every day against guys that are like me.”

Sisley averaged 24.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks for the Patriots last season. He is the 73rd-ranked prospect in his class nationally and the 18th-ranked power forward, according to 247Sports.

Montverde is a well-known basketball power, finishing 33-0 last season. Its roster included five seniors among the top 25 prospects in the country. Montverde coach Kevin Boyle has coached players such as Kyrie Irving and Joel Embiid.

Sisley said it was a great opportunity to play with a “top-notch” program and a “top-notch” coach.

“This is the best thing for me and my development,” he said. “I will train every day and compete every day against guys like me.”

However, this decision also has its price.

“It’s a big trade-off,” Sisley said. “Just with all the success we’ve had (at Heritage Hills) and the people here and the family and leaving home, it’s a big trade-off. But all of that happens eventually. … I’ve thought about it a little bit because I know I gave up that opportunity. It’s a trade-off to give up my senior year, but I felt like it was one of those things I couldn’t pass up.”

The move to Florida will make the flight a little longer for Sisley when he visits East Lansing in October.

Michael France is Sports Illustrated’s Michigan State recruiting reporter and covers all things Big Ten recruiting for Spartan Nation. Follow him on Twitter/X@michaelfrancesi for exclusive coverage of the Spartans recruiting.

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