Get this 2018 recruiting class checked out by a doctor, because it simply cannot stop growing.
The Spartans picked up commitment No. 4 -- its second commit this month — in Grand Rapids Catholic Central 4-star power forward Marcus Bingham Jr.
Let’s get to know him
The 6-foot-10, 195 pound big man has tremendous upside, but that doesn’t mean he already isn’t extraordinarily talented. Based off highlight tapes, Bingham shows the classic skills of a big man with rim protecting on defense and solid post play on offense.
What seems to be a big luxury with Bingham is his comfortability to step outside and stretch the floor with his jumper. This may read like a lazy comparison, but I see a bit of Adreian Payne in his game. I mean, even their jump shots look similar.
Bingham is ranked as the No. 79 player in the nation in the 247Sports composite, and also the No. 21-ranked power forward in the country.
What could be the most incredible part of Bingham’s story is that he didn’t play basketball as a freshman in high school. As a matter of fact, he was only 6-foot-2 back then as well. To say his rise has been impressive wouldn’t be doing it justice.
Let’s get to know the 2018 class (and beyond)
You probably know this by now, but this is an All-Michigan class.
Actually, no — this is a talented All-Michigan class. Let me put some respect on this group.
Bingham joins the class of 4-star point guard Foster Loyer, 4-star power forward Thomas Kithier and 4-star wing Gabe Brown.
Right now the Spartans have no more scholarships to give, but there is a 98% chance that will change with Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and maybe even Nick Ward departing early to open up more spots.
If MSU gets Bingham, this is how I see the next few years of roster & recruiting: pic.twitter.com/34v3DkQSlS— Sam Martin (@samworkmartin) June 29, 2017
I wouldn’t be shocked if Bingham is the last MSU commit as the Spartans also have offers out for big men Joey Hauser and Trevion Williams. With two big men already in this class and Xavier Tillman also on the roster, there could be a log jam for those coveted recruits that could score more minutes elsewhere.
Maybe shooting guard Luguentz Dort will commit, but that’s nothing to count on by any means.
While MSU is looking to go big in the paint with this class, the 2019 class will likely be wing-heavy as Rocket Watts (4-star), Romeo Weems (4-star, will be a 5-star eventually) and Keion Brooks (basically a 5-star) are the only trio with offers.
So, basically, MSU is in good shape. Nothing new here, gang.