The Michigan State Spartans add just two newcomers to their 2013-14 roster, but that doesn't mean that the incoming freshmen are to be discarded.
Chicago De La Salle's Alvin Ellis, a 3-star-rated guard, should add depth to a backcourt that already has Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris and Keith Appling leading the way.
At 6'4" and 185 pounds, Ellis also adds size to Tom Izzo's lineup. Ellis is ranked as the No. 290 player and No. 72 shooting guard of 2014 (according to 247Sports.com) and originally committed to Minnesota before signing with the Spartans in April.
Gavin Schilling is a 3-star-rated, 6'9", 240-pound power forward (No. 31 PF, according to 247Sports) who could end up being an unsung hero for the Spartans' frontcourt this season. He's similar in size to Matt Costello and Alex Gauna (both about 6'9" and 250 pounds) but slightly more athletic.
Schilling's game is developing, obviously, but he could evolve into a Goran Suton-type. That would be the best-case scenario for Michigan State. Suton could shoot the mid-range ball with great efficiency and physically set the tone when asked to do so.
If he contributes in the way that he's capable, the Spartans will have a sure option in the paint and on the boards in Schilling, who may just throw up a few points each night too.
This slideshow will predict just what Schilling and Ellis could do as first-year players for Izzo, who is known for getting the most out of his athletes, regardless of star ratings.