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Keith Appling has to lead Michigan State, along with Adreian Payne, in order for freshmen to get comfortable.
Michigan State hoped for the best, but didn't get a desirable outcome when Jabari Parker opted for Duke over Izzo and East Lansing.
Gavin Schilling and Alvin Ellis, both 3-star rated players, are the Spartans' only incoming scholarship freshmen. Schilling is an athletic forward with a splash of Goran Suton in his game. Ellis once committed to Minnesota, but recently signed with Michigan State—he's a 6'5", 185-pound small forward/shooting guard that could immediately impact the Spartans' offense.
There is a possibility that Izzo could add one more player to the 2013 class—he has one scholarship available, according to VerbalCommits.com.
Unless Andrew Wiggins changes his mind, the chances of Izzo's class of getting much attention this year are slim. Other Big Ten teams loaded up on talent, and players like Zak Irvin highlight solid groups of recruits.
Irvin is a 4-star rated guard who played with Michigan State's Gary Harris at Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.). Like Harris, Irvin won Indiana's Mr. Basketball award as a senior. Unlike Harris, he chose maize and blue over green and white.
The Wolverines already return a solid core; their stock that includes 4-star guard Derrick Walton should complement the Spike Albrecht's backcourt in Ann Arbor.
Michigan has the No. 11 overall haul of 2013, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Indiana, the No. 7 ranked team on the list, locked up Noah Vonleh, a 5-star rated, 6'9", 229-pound power forward that is one of the most widely discussed prep players of this year. The Hoosiers filled their shelves with an accompanying cast of 3- and 4-star rated shooting guards and forwards.
Wisconsin, Ohio State, Illinois are also ranked in 247Sports' top 35. Michigan State is No. 35 and will have to rely upon the experience of Keith Appling and Adreian Payne before the newcomers can get acclimated.