Big Man, Big Addition to MSU

With the loss of three bigs after next season, Spartan coach Tom Izzo and staff secured a verbal commitment from Garrick Sherman, one of Ohio's finest, in an attempt to reload, not rebuild. GSN caught up with Sherman and talked about the next level.

This past week, Tom Izzo and the Spartans got their first commitment for the recruiting class of 2009 when Kenton High School (OH) center Garrick Sherman gave his verbal to play for the Green and White.

"I'm really happy about my decision," Sherman said. "Right now I just have to keep working hard. I'm excited though."

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Sherman picked the Spartans over Purdue and Notre Dame. "They were all great schools, but I think Michigan State's tradition and being in the Big Ten really set them apart," he said.

Sherman informed coach Izzo of his commitment via telephone early last week. "He (Izzo) was really excited," Sherman said. "He was happy for me and happy to have me as a commit."

The commitment will go a long way toward replacing big men Idong Ibok, Marquise Gray and Goran Suton, all of whom will graduate after next season.

Lat season. the Kenton standout played primarily with his back to the basket, averaging 23 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks a game. But hopes to extend his game before getting to Michigan State. "I think I have some pretty good low post moves, that is one of my strengths," he said. "I want to not have only one offensive threat, I want to step out and shoot the 15-17 foot jumper also."

If Sherman can extend his game, look for him to fill a similar role as the one Suton fills currently, with perhaps even more of an emphasis on getting Sherman touches down low with his back to the basket.

Before settling into East Lansing, Sherman will continue his AAU career this summer and plans to play in tournaments in Pittsburg, Louisville, and Las Vegas. He also hopes to improve on Kenton's 17-5 record from a year ago.

"I just want to improve so I can have a chance to play my freshman year," he said.

Sherman's commitment signals a solid start to Izzo's '09 recruiting class that will look to bring in size and toughness to compliment the guard heavy 2007 recruiting class. Look for the Spartans to pursue another big man, such as Detroit Pershing's Derrik Nix, before it is all said and done.

Stay with GSN for updates on Sherman and other 2009 basketball prospects.

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