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Michigan State Basketball: Best player comparison for Coen Carr

Coen Carr is one of the best athletes to commit to Michigan State basketball in some time. Which former Spartan does he compare to?

Jason Richardson.
Shannon Brown.
Branden Dawson.
Adreian Payne.
Miles Bridges.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Coen Carr?

That could soon be the list of the super-athletes to come through Michigan State basketball under Tom Izzo if all goes as planned.

On Tuesday night, Carr committed to Michigan State over Tennessee, Indiana, and Vanderbilt.

Carr is an explosive athlete who has the ability to step out and hit the occasional three or mid-range jumper. He excels in the fast break and he’s an excellent alley-oop specialist. He’s not just a slasher, but he can get some air with no running start. Carr has plenty of highlights just grabbing rebounds and going right up over a couple of defenders for an impressive two-handed jam.

Standing 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Carr can get up with the best of them and might even be considered the best athlete in the class. He’s a violent dunker and will put plenty of defenders on posters while donning the green and white.

So which former Spartan does he compare to?

I’ve said this since the first highlight I saw of him: Branden Dawson.

It may seem a bit lazy since Dawson and Carr have slightly different strengths, but in terms of being athletes, both are very similar. Plus, Dawson was 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds coming in as a freshman and Carr is an inch taller and the same weight. Both have strong builds and while Dawson may have been a bit more compact, Carr is every bit as intimidating physically.

Dawson was a great fast-break player and could run the floor really well, defend in the post or on the wing, and rebound at a high level. Carr can also do those things exceptionally well.

Dawson wasn’t an effective shooter and never really grew into that mid-range role that Izzo wanted, but Carr has more potential in that category. He has shown the ability to step out and hit jumpers.

If Carr is anything like Dawson, Michigan State is going to flourish.

Now that Carr has committed, Michigan State has a Dawson-like player, Jaren Jackson Jr.-like player (Xavier Booker), Matt McQuaid-type player (Gehrig Normand), and a Cassius Winston-lite (Jeremy Fears).

Not a bad class, eh?

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Will Michigan State basketball land 4-star SF Coen Carr?

Michigan State basketball is pushing for one final piece to its 2023 recruiting class in the form of Coen Carr.

Remember the “Tom Izzo is washed” crowd? It’s nearly gone extinct over the past couple of weeks.

Five-star big man Xavier Booker committed to Michigan State over Indiana, four-star athletic sharpshooting wing Gehrig Normand picked the Spartans just days after getting an offer, and now four-star freak athlete Coen Carr looks to be well on his way to joining the already-loaded 2023 class.

Right now, the class is almost perfectly balanced.

It has a point guard (Jeremy Fears), a shooting wing (Normand), and an elite scoring big (Booker). All it needs is another athletic wing. Come on down, Coen Carr.

On Saturday, just one day after Carr revealed his commitment date of Aug. 9, Michigan State began to get a flood of predictions. Recruiting experts and insiders on On3, Rivals, and 247Sports all pegged him to be a future Spartan. And that’s where I tend to agree.

The questions on everyone’s mind since Normand committed have been: Will Carr join the class? Will he commit shortly after getting a Michigan State basketball offer? Did Tom Izzo really seal the deal that quickly? Do the other three MSU commits have what it takes to convince him?

The answer to all of those questions will be yes, in my opinion.

Michigan State has the momentum here. Carr loved his visit, connected with Izzo, and he’s close with Michigan State’s three commits in the class. This seems like a no-brainer.

With Carr, Michigan State’s class would be top-three nationally and he’d fill that ‘super-athlete wing’ void that the Spartans need. Normand is a great athlete and he can shoot, but Carr has a different skill set. The two complement each other well on the wings. Carr could develop a solid jumper and be one of the scariest recruits in the class — he’s already arguably the best athlete in 2023.

All signs are pointing to Carr becoming the latest MSU commitment and the fit is there.

It makes too much sense.

  1. MSU has a need for wings.
  2. He loved his visit.
  3. He’s committing less than two weeks after his MSU visit.
  4. He complements the rest of MSU’s commits.
  5. MSU’s commits have been in his ear.
  6. Elite athletes have thrived in East Lansing (Shannon Brown, Branden Dawson, Miles Bridges, Jason Richardson).
  7. Izzo has proven to be a closer.

If I had a crystal ball, it would be Carr to Michigan State.