EAST LANSING, Mi. — It’s been an interesting couple of days for head coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans on the recruiting trail.
On Thursday, East Lansing native Brandon Johns committed to the Spartans’ biggest rival, the Michigan Wolverines. After a losing a top-100 recruit from their own neighbourhood, the Spartans turned their attention elsewhere.
It didn’t take long for the Spartans to bounce back on the recruiting trail, as they landed a top-100 recruit of their own within 24 hours of Johns committing to Michigan.
Four-star forward Marcus Bingham committed to the Spartans over a host of other schools, giving Michigan State three top-100 recruits in the Class of 2018 in the process.
Bingham is a 6’10”, 195-pound forward from nearby Grand Rapids, MI, which is just over an hour from East Lansing.
He played his sophomore year of high school at Ottawa Hills, then transferred to Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School for the 2016-17 season. Despite sitting out the first half of the year due to transfer regulations, Bingham still earned himself an all-state honourable mention for his efforts on the court.
Bingham is a strong shooter, and will give the Spartans several options in terms of lineups in 2018-19. His athleticism and skill set make him hard to defend on offense, while they also allow for him to excel on his own defensive end inside.
With the addition of Bingham to the Class of 2018, the Spartans now have three players ranked inside the latest edition of the ESPN Top 100 for 2018, and four players total. He is joined by guard Foster Loyer (#66), forward Gabe Brown (#85), and forward Thomas Kithier.
Bingham is listed as the fifth-best player from the state of Michigan, and is ranked 97th in the Class of 2018. He opted to commit to the Spartans over the likes of the Butler Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, Towson Tigers, and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.
– T. Bennett