Michigan State Basketball: 2015 Recruits Who'd Be a Perfect Fit for Spartans
Tom Izzo has only one recruit committed from the 2015 class, Deyonta Davis, but several other high-profile players are in his sights.
With many potential impact players on his radar, certain players fit into his scheme better than others. While the 2015 season is considerably far down the line, it is important to place an emphasis on certain recruits who will fill the voids of the rotation.
This slideshow will feature the rising high school seniors who will be perfect fits for Michigan State's lineup.
Davis is the most sought-after recruit in Michigan. At 6'3", he is a combo guard who can create mismatches at the point guard position. His ability to shoot fluidly, dribble with precision and attack at his own pace make him a can't-miss prospect.
Acquiring his services would be monumental for a Michigan State team that will lose Travis Trice and need another scorer alongside Lourawls Nairn in the backcourt. The beauty of Davis' game is his talent to play multiple positions and assume distinct roles according to what the team needs.
Currently, the backcourt features one returning starter, Denzel Valentine, and some question marks loom.
Will Trice develop into a more complete point guard? How smoothly will Nairn's transition to the college game be? Will Alvin Ellis blossom into a solid Big Ten guard?
The quality of the guard play is indicative to whether Izzo's teams succeed. All of his historically great teams boasted at least one or two tremendous guards.
Davis is already a polished recruit with boundless potential. His arrival would add a prolific scorer and a versatile guard who can impact the game in several ways. With in-state rival Michigan recently extending an offer to the combo guard, Michigan State's need for Davis is much more magnified.
Aside from Branden Dawson, who at 6'6" isn't a prototypical post player, Michigan State enters the 2014 season devoid of a true impact post guy.
In 2015 he will be gone. The progression of Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling will remain unclear until the 2014-15 campaign starts, but their recent performances aren't too encouraging.
Trevor Manuel's arrival would help diminish some of those pains. He lives in the paint, finishing monstrous dunks and protecting the rim on the defensive end. What separates him from the majority of incoming post players, however, is his distinguished ability to move and operate swiftly.
At 6'9", he moves quickly laterally and possesses great touch on his shots. He is keenly aware of nearby defenders, which allows him to be efficient and take high-percentage shots.
His offensive repertoire is much more complex than any of State's current post players, aside from Dawson. Manuel has immense potential, but he must seek to improve his strength. He is only 195 pounds, which is far too light for a dominant post man.
Spectators saw how important Adreian Payne was to State's recent postseason run. Manuel could provide a similar spark, especially for a squad that will yearn for an impact post player.
Montaque Gill-Caesar is ESPN's 18th-ranked prospect in the 2015 class, because of his athleticism and size on the wing. At 6'6", he plays above the rim, throwing down dunks and utilizing his strength to finish through contact.
He excels mostly when attacking the hoop, but the Huntington Prep product also has shown an ability to knock down open jumpers. He has serious professional potential.
Evidently, he would make an instant impact on any team. However, his skill set would thrive in Michigan State, given Sparty's guard situation. If Denzel Valentine has a tremendous season in 2014-15, he could possibly enter the NBA draft, which would open up the 3 for Gill-Caesar in 2015-16.
If Valentine remains in school for his senior season, then he would transition back to his natural 2-guard position, while the athletic Gill-Caesar would assume the other wing's spot. Either way, the rising high school senior would aid a backcourt that lacks firepower and athleticism.
His arrival would morph MSU into a national contender. He's that good and will flourish under Izzo's tutelage.