The Spartans don't have many scholarships left for 2010, and they may only take one more player. That player may very well be a local product — Alex Gauna of Eaton Rapids. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward is loaded with skills and constantly works to improve his game.
Gauna a junior, already has good size and still has plenty of frame to bulk up, but he isn't the traditional big man.
"I'm a face up four-man," Gauna told GSN recently. "I consider myself a perimeter guy who can put it on the floor and shoot from the outside and get to the basket when he needs to."
The recruiting process is going very well for Gauna, who says that he is consistently receiving calls from numerous schools. He currently possesses offers from Xavier, Oakland and Northwestern. Michigan State, Michigan, LSU, Dayton, Tennessee, Purdue and Indiana are other schools that are showing significant interest in Gauna.
Gauna visits the Michigan State campus frequently, most recently during Midnight Madness two weeks ago.
"It was good. It was a lot of fun," he said. "After the event, we went down to the locker room and chilled down there a little bit. … It was a really good time though."
Even though the Spartans have not yet offered Gauna, they have a few things going in their favor. Gauna's high school coach is an MSU alum, and the Spartans hold a special place in Alex's heart.
"I grew up a Michigan State fan, so they have a little advantage going for them there," Gauna said. "My choices change every now and then as time goes on, but Michigan State has stayed in my top three since I started getting recruited by colleges."
Gauna says that he doesn't plan on committing any time soon, and that he will probably make a decision as to where he wants to play college ball sometime next fall. He wants to take his time and really decipher which school meets his criteria.
"The basketball program itself is very important, the tradition … (and) the academic side of it. A good school that would have great opportunities as far as jobs and careers," Gauna explained. "The way I judge it right now is mainly who shows the most interest. Whoever stays in contact with you the most, I think, is really important."
Many student-athletes don't enjoy the lengthy, and sometimes irritating, recruiting process that much, but it's apparent that Gauna doesn't hold such sentiments.
"I'm blessed to be where I'm at right now," he said. "It's a great opportunity for me."