Michigan State basketball just got better on Tuesday night.
Four-star small forward Gehrig Normand (North Richland Hills, Texas) committed to the Spartans three days after leaving East Lansing with a scholarship offer.
Tom Izzo proved that he’s not afraid to add to his recruiting board when the ‘Plan A’ targets don’t work out. Fans really wanted to see this from the Hall of Fame head coach after an up-and-down offseason.
Normand also fits that description of a ‘Spartan Dawg’ to a T. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and has plenty of confidence. He plays inside-out and while he may not be able to create his own shot at a high rate at the next level — at least early on — he will be able to score around the rim and from the perimeter.
Looking for a former Spartan comp? My mind goes directly to Matt McQuaid. Although McQuaid was pretty athletic, he wasn’t going to throw down on a regular basis. I’d say he has the shooting touch of McQuaid with even more athleticism. He has some bunnies, but he’ll be spending a lot of time on the perimeter as a freshman if I were to wager a guess. His athleticism is more comparable to that of a healthy Kyle Ahrens.
Normand’s game is built for Michigan State. Not only have players like him succeeded in East Lansing before, but he plays with a chip and he looks like he’ll be a 3-4 year player. He’s going to play on the wing while Fears runs the point and Booker has the post on lock. If the Spartans can add Coen Carr to this class, that would be best-case scenario.
Michigan State now has two guys in the class (Normand and Fears) who will be at least 3-4 year guys, more than likely, and Booker is a likely one-and-done.
With Normand in the fold, he’s going to grow into a fan favorite rather quickly and his ceiling is incredibly high. He’ll be one of those guys who will be a role player in year one, a potential starter in year two, and then a star in year three. That is the perfect Michigan State prospect.
Izzo is fist-pumping somewhere.