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Marcus Bingham Jr.: an officially official Spartan
Marcus Bingham Jr. likes to sum things up in few words. On Thursday night, he posted a concise message to Twitter: “It’s official #SpartanDawgs.”
It’s official ✅ #SpartanDawgs
— Marky b (@Marcusbingham0) November 9, 2017
Technically, things became official on Wednesday morning. The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central big man sent in his letter of intent so that Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo could introduce his five-player 2018 class. And Izzo raved about Bingham, a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ratings.
“I’d have to say what really excited us was his high school coach bringing him up and getting a chance to know him a little bit and then watching his skill level and size,” Izzo said. “So if he’s got skill and size, then it’s our job to make him stronger, tougher, more aggressive. I like my chances helping a kid improve in those areas [more] than helping him grow 7 inches, because I can’t do that.”
Bingham stands 6-foot-10 after experiencing a rapid growth spurt over two years. His weight still has to catch up. Michigan State listed the power forward at 195 pounds in its official release, but his coach, T.J. Meerman, said he has put on 12 more primarily through weightlifting.
He’s putting in work in the kitchen, too. Asked what he likes to eat, Bingham had another simple answer: “Everything.”
But back to things being official. No matter what the paperwork said beforehand, Bingham’s ceremonial signing had the feel of an actual sending off. Family and friends gathered to honor and share stories about him. And when his parents spoke, it almost felt like they were giving Michigan State their blessing to watch over him.
“Honestly, he never knew that I wanted to go to Michigan State when I was in school,” Marcus Bingham Sr. said. “I never told him that. He also never knew that Michigan State was my favorite basketball team, college-wise. He kind of swung it his own way. Wherever he chose to go, we were going to back him.
“We’re just happy he chose Michigan State. It’s close to home.”
But before he heads to East Lansing, Bingham has an entire senior season ahead of him. Last season, he averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks as his team won 18 games. This time around, he expects a lot more.
“I’m just really excited about the team we’ve got,” Bingham said. “We’re capable of doing a lot of things, and we’re just gonna keep working every day to try to get to the main goal: a state championship.”
Spartans’ newest offers to take in game at Ohio State
Michigan State extended a couple of timely football offers going into its game against Ohio State on Saturday.
Three-star Mentor (Ohio) junior defensive end Noah Potter announced his offer from the Spartans on Wednesday night. It came 12 days after Ohio State extended him an offer for which he had been waiting.
Thankful to receive an offer from Michigan State University!!✅ pic.twitter.com/P1VlxxkDHF
— Noah Potter (@noah_potter10) November 9, 2017
The 6-5, 250-pound standout ranks 30th among strongside defensive ends and 14th among Ohio prospects in the class. After his Ohio State offer, Potter’s 247Sports Crystal Ball shifted heavily in the Buckeyes’ favor.
On Thursday, another top 2019 prospect announced a Michigan State offer. Four-star Springfield (Ohio) cornerback Moses Douglass added the Spartans to his long list of 27 offers. Ohio State, however, has not yet offered.
Thankful for my 27th offer from Michigan State University 🤟🏾❕✅ pic.twitter.com/5mg0Y334j1
— Moses Douglass (@MosesDouglass) November 9, 2017
What makes these offers even more significant? Well, both recruits confirmed to Land of 10 that they plan to visit Ohio Stadium on Saturday to see the school that extended their newest offer against the in-state powerhouse.
Potter figures to be a tough get for Michigan State. His brother Micah is a 6-9 sophomore who plays basketball for Ohio State. How cool would it be to have one brother on the basketball team and the other on the gridiron for the same school? It sounds tough to pass up.
Douglass isn’t the only top-flight athlete in his family, either. His father Maurice starred at safety for Kentucky before putting together an 11-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. The Wildcats have already offered.
The younger Douglass figures to put together a fine career of his own. At 6-2, he possesses great size for his position, and he ranks 28th nationally among junior cornerbacks.
Douglass, whose main Michigan State recruiter is co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett, visited campus in March. He left with a greater knowledge of the program and how he would be coached.
“He’s cool,” Douglass said of Barnett. “I like the way he coaches on the field and coaches his DBs. I like the way he prepares them for the next level if they end up going.”
These offers, it would seem, came at this time to bring both players’ focus a little more toward Michigan State when they visit on Saturday. Should the Spartans win, they might take an even closer look.
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