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2013 Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep PF Gavin Schilling will announce his college decision on Wednesday. The Spartans' target took his last official visit to MSU over the weekend and will choose between MSU, UCLA, Villanova and Minnesota.
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My sources have him in the green and white.
Need moar big men!
Any thoughts Dan?
I talk to his high school coach quite a bit and while it's hard to get a good read, my guess is it comes down to UCLA and MSU. I do like the Spartans' chances and think there's a very good chance MSU adds its lone 2013 recruit on Wednesday.
Thanks for the input Dan!
What's the lowdown on Schilling? Since we lose Nix this year, I understand the desire to bring in another big but is he just an afterthought after missing on Jabari? We will have Payne for another year, and then we would be left with Costello, Gauna, and Kenny K (but isn't he only like 6'7?) in 2014 unless we can pull in Cliff or Okafor. Is Schilling a guy that we can feasibly count on to be a contributor or is he just brought in for extra depth?
I hope this didn't come off as a flame. I genuinely know very little about this kid.
It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.
Reggie Rankin from ESPN mentioned Martez Walker from Pershing as a possible addition as well. According to Scout, he has offers from Miami, Iowa State and Providence.
Granted I don't know much about Gavin's game either but a guy with UCLA, MSU, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Kansas State offers has to be a feasible big man. Most likely a redshirt option I'd guess if Payne is back next year along with Costello, Guana, and Kaminsky. It really depends on his defensive game if he wants to play right away here.
As a walkon? serious question.
The article said he was on our "wish list". I haven't seen us as having offered anywhere. The kid does have some high D-1 offers, so I doubt it would be as a walk on. It may just be an ESPN writer throwing shit against a wall for all I know.
MSU getting Cliff seems very plausible at this point
You would have to be an idiot to have a scholly to Iowa and choose to walk-on at MSU.
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Don't be so sure that Payne is coming back for his senior season. The NBA draft prognosticators say this is one of the weakest drafts in the past decade (top true PFs are Isaiah Austin (true FR), James Michael McAdoo (SO), and Anthony Bennett (true FR). With a strong showing in the B1G and NCAA tournaments, Payne's stock could catapult to a point where he'd have to seriously consider leaving early for the NBA $.
Schilling runs the floor better than Gauna, Costello or Kaminski. He may not be a better player at this point than any of them, but we all know Izzo loves to run when he has the horses and having a guy like Schilling at the 4 to go with Appling, Harris, BJ and Costello would make a lot of Spartans fans very happy.
Schilling plays in an elite HS program (Findlay prep) with and against many D-1 players, which makes him more ready than most true FR big men to play right away.
All the schools offering have whiffed on other recruits. He transformed his body since last year which is why the sudden interest. He is everyone's plan B+. UCLA will be stiff competition for a cosmopolitan kid with a taste for the big city.
I would love to see Schilling in G&W. I also mentioned Martez Walker a few months ago (http://michiganstate.247sports.com/Board/93/Martez-Walker-15880982/1) as a possible SG candidate...the kid is playing for a high level HS program we have close ties to (Pershing), and fits the mold of a Big Ten SG. I think they both would be great additions. My comments on Walker didn't get many replies back then!
UCLA scares me a bit on Schilling, as his game looks like a Pac-10 style right now (aka soft), and we know he likes big cities. UCLA fits that bill. The JUCO PF wouldn't be a bad contingency if we miss out on Schilling.
This post was edited by Numbers Game 13 months ago
Agreed UCLA will be tough, but don't forget he's originally from Chicago. Pretty sure his family still lives there and MSU's close proximity should help the Spartans.
I've been saying it's between us and the Bruins since he named his top four... I really think he would be such a better fit in the roster that we have coming back (better chance for early PT), but obviously there are several other factors at play. Here is hoping for the best, but I really think its a toss up at this point...
This post was edited by fearthesparty 13 months ago
Agreed it's close, but I'd give the Spartans a slight advantage over UCLA at this time. Currently view it as a 55%-45% edge for MSU.
Yes! The confidence percentages are back!
How come we don't run more this year ?
Injuries to Trice and Harris + turnover problems early, particularly with Denzel + BJ.
You may get your wish in March...
No matter if he commits or not, this dude is redshirting for sure.
"Tonight, we show the world what this program is made of!" -- Brian Ellerbe on Mar 4, 2000, the night of scUM's 51-point loss to MSU.
B1G teams, with a couple exceptions, don't allow it. They drop extra guys instead of hitting the glass. You can't just run against teams that do that. You pick your spots.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
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