Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: Wish List for Class of 2015 Prospects
Michigan State's potential recruitment class of 2015 is high-powered. Led by household names Montaque Gill-Caesar and Eric Davis, this list has multiple, if not several, players who will contribute immediately and emphatically upon their potential arrival in East Lansing.
Clearly, with the losses of Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, the Spartans will need to restock considerably with these upcoming recruiting classes. This 2015 group could be the one.
Let's take a look into how each desired recruit will potentially contribute and fulfill Tom Izzo's wishes in 2015.
An article written by Freep.com's Brian Calloway delves into Deyonta Davis' immense improvement regarding his play and confidence. As the lone verbal commit from the 2015 class, Davis should have Tom Izzo excited with his potential.
As one can see from the video above, he is swift and controlled with his movements. Davis shoots exceptionally well from 10-to-15 feet, while possessing the superior athleticism that allows him to play above the rim.
If only he were in the 2014 class.
This Michigan State team needs frontcourt help immediately with Adreian Payne's departure severely weakening the capabilities of the front line. Davis needs to add strength, but he clearly has developed skills for someone with his size.
He will aid Sparty upon his arrival. Davis could potentially blossom into someone like Payne, whose multi-faceted skill set presents matchup nightmares. He shoots well, finishes everything and plays with distinguished poise for a high school junior.
Gill-Caesar is 6'6" but moves with the swiftness of a point guard. The Huntington Prep prospect plays with strength, quickness and can score at will in a variety of fashions. He can facilitate at the point guard spot or even post-up and utilize his strength and athleticism in the paint.
His offensive repertoire partially resembles Gary Harris', though it is less perimeter-oriented. What makes Harris and Gill-Caesar so similar, however, is their ability to slow down the game. Neither player tends to force the issue.
Gill-Caesar is a top-notch recruit who is projected to play in Tom Izzo's program. He will certainly fill the void at the 3 spot if Denzel Valentine were to forego his senior season, and Branden Dawson will graduate after the 2014-15 season.
A 5-star recruit, Gill-Caesar is one of the elite wings in the class. Any team could use his services, but especially Sparty, considering their suffering talent in the backcourt.
Davis is a hybrid point-wing who plays within himself. He excels in both the half court and transition, which shows his distinct ability to play at a multitude of paces.
He shoots well, but he blossoms when he is slashing or driving to the hoop, where he finishes or finds open teammates. Davis is a smooth, calm customer who never appears uncomfortable in his approach.
Lourawls Nairn, a 2014 recruit, will likely claim the starting point guard spot at the beginning of 2015, but Davis is more of a shooting guard anyway. A 6'3" lanky player, Davis will provide Tom Izzo the flexibility to tinker with multiple lineups due to his versatility.
Right now, he will provide an immediate spark if he were to commit. He's a high-profile recruit but is much more polished and mature than the majority of talented newcomers. He will play significant minutes immediately, whether that will be starting alongside Nairn or coming off the bench quickly.
Montaque Gill-Caesar and Davis could form a tremendous backcourt in a couple of years. Combine their calm temperament with Nairn's hectic style, and Michigan State's guard play could be scary for opposing defenses.
The 6'9" Manuel is actually similar to Adreian Payne coming out of high school. Manuel is slightly less athletic but is probably a better mid-range shooter than Payne was as a high school recruit.
Currently, with the exception to Branden Dawson, the Spartans don't possess much frontcourt firepower. Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling have shown flashes of potential but haven't given Spartans fans much to get excited about. That presents an opening for the talented Manuel.
What he lacks in bulk Manuel compensates for in his shooting touch and length. He will have to add some weight to his 215-pound frame.
An athletic and coordinated forward who runs the floor effortlessly, Manuel will fill the void left by Payne. Unless someone steps up, that slot will likely continue to be there at the start of the 2015-16 season.
However, Deyonta Davis is another capable replacement. If Manuel were to commit, which appears very possible, according to 247sports.com's recruiting expert's predictions, then his size and athleticism would help immediately.