Tom Izzo just keeps proving he’s one of the top two or three coaches in the college basketball, as proven by the Spartans most recent tourney run—sans captain and leading scorer Kalin Lucas.
The knock all year against Michigan State was a lack of size in the frontcourt. They will lose Raymar Morgan but Mr. Everything, Draymond Green, will return along with Delvon Roe, Derrick Nix and Garrick Sherman.
Now they add one of the best big men in the country and a top-25 talent in six-foot-10 inch center, Adreian Payne (Dayton, Ohio).
He will add a defensive presence in the paint and with Izzo and his staffs’ ability to make guards into rebounding machines, imagine what they will do with this kid. Payne is unusually athletic for a player his size, too.
But Michigan State will always need athletic guards, and the 2010 class is no exception with two very talented and impressive scoring options in Keith Appling and Russell Byrd.
Appling was awarded the Mr. Basketball award (Michigan) and he attended the same school as Spartans Freshman, Derrick Nix.
He once scored 49 points in a state title game and is ready to take over the point relatively early in his career.
Byrd is a shooting guard in a small forward’s body (6-7 / 195) and is stone-cold assassin from the perimeter with boundless range.
Don’t sleep on…..Alex Gauna (6-9 / 225), power forward from Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Gauna has impressive range extending beyond the arc and the frame to be a nice inside-outside scoring option once Izzo and his coaches have him under their wing for a year or two.