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.