Suddenly, MSU hoops appears loaded

Watch out Duke, don't look now North Carolina and lock the doors Big Ten. Suddenly, MSU's cupboard, which appeared to be on the verge of being bare, is stockpiled with talent and more could be on the way.

EAST LANSING - Watch out Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and the Big Ten. Suddenly, MSU's cupboard, which appeared to be on the verge of being bare, is stockpiled with talent and more could be on the way.

MSU received a verbal commitment on Friday from Flint Powers Catholic star Tom Herzog, a 7-foot center with shot blocking ability. Watching Michigan State develop senior Paul Davis likely played a large part in Herzog's decision to come to East Lansing.

With a solid big man to build upon in the middle, MSU can look down to the wings and feel comfortable knowing that 6-foot-6, 175-pound swingman and scorer deluxe from Minnesota Braham Area Section (MN.) Isaiah Dahlman will be manning the small forward position.

Dahlman has ball handling ability and hits the mid-range jumper with accuracy. He averaged over 29 points per game as a junior as he heads into his senior season. He will be called upon to fill the scoring void left when senior Maurice Ager departs a season from now.

6-foot-7, 210-pound power forward Raymar Morgan of Canton McKinley (Ohio) also joins Izzo's incoming class and will give the Spartans a power forward with scoring and rebounding ability.

Morgan is not afraid to mix it up down low and will excel in MSU's rebound-or-sit down philosophy. He would like to extend the range on his 8-10 foot jump shot but that isn't that important for MSU, who loves his physical nature.

MSU could add more to the mix if things break just right.

Talented Leon Freeman of Belleville, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard loves the Spartans and has them atop of his list. He needs to take care of business this year in the class room and make sure he's eligible.

The Spartans love Freeman right back and this talented slasher could give the Spartans depth they haven't seen in years. He will remind Spartan fans of current Spartan Shannon Brown and former MSU great Jason Richardson with his athleticism and above the rim aerial show.

In addition to having a talented sophomore point guard in Drew Neitzel and the incoming Travis Walton, the Spartans are still in the hunt for Cameron Rundles, an exciting scoring guard in the mold of former Pistons great Isaiah Thomas.

Rundles, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds from Minneapolis De La Salle high school, has shown he can score and distribute the basketball and tell you what else; John L. Smith wouldn't mind having Rundles do double-duty as a wide receiver for the football team, ala Matt Trannon.

Rundles was among the top receivers in the state of Minnesota but may not play the sport in his senior year to dedicate himself to the hardcourt.

With three commits and perhaps more on the way, a message has been sent, watch out for Michigan State for years to come.

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