Spartan’s Land 17th Ranked Recruiting Class

DenisePopiolek

Written by Sean Merriman
With the graduation of Maurice Ager and Paul Davis and the possibility of Shannon Brown entering the NBA draft, the Spartan basketball team is going to have some spots to fill next winter. The three former MSU stars are all projected to be possible first round draft picks in this summer’s draft. Also leaving the team will be big man Matt Trannon, who will focus on his football career in his final year at MSU. This leaves sophomore Drew Neitzel as the lone returning starter to the Spartans lineup, assuming that Brown does go pro. However, coach Tom Izzo is not as worried as many would think he would be.

The Spartans landed 3 players in their 2006-07 recruit class, each ranking in the top 150 in the country. Isaiah Dahlman and Raymar Morgan are a pair of wing players who are both expected to bring a lot of talent to the Spartan Basketball Program. The two, combined with 7 footer Tom Herzog, of Flint Michigan, form a recruiting class that is ranked number 17 nationally by rivals.com.

Dahlman and Mrogan are expected to quickly fill the roles of departing senior Maurice Ager and Junior Shannon Brown. The two have intentions of joining the Spartan Basketball team right after their high school graduation and work on an off season training program to get them ready for what’s to come.

Dahlman, a 6’6 shooting guard from Braham Minnesota, is the all time leading scorer in Minnesota high school basketball history. He is known for his catch and shoot ability and great knowledge of the game.

Morgan, who is ranked number 48 in the 2006 class, by rivals.com, is a slasher and a dominant rebounder on both sides of the ball. Morgan was the state of Ohio’s player of the year from Mckinley High School in canton Ohio.

Both Dahlman and Morgan are guys who averaged over 25 points a game in school, but it is their winning attitude that impresses Coach Tom Izzo the most. Dahlman is a three time state champion in the state of Minnesota and plans to bring that championship experience with him to the college level next year. Morgan scored 25 points in the Ohio State Championship game to lead his high school to their second straight state championship in a row.

However, winning is not all the two have in common. Both Dahlman and Morgan attended the Nike All-American camp this summer, where they talked about the possibly of becoming future Spartans. After Dahlman committed to MSU early this year, Morgan was soon to follow less then a month later.

There is going to be a vast amount of pressure on these two to fill the roles of departed stars, Ager and Brown. Let us not forget however that they are only freshman. But if Tom Izzo knows a thing or two about recruiting winners, then Michigan State certainly has a lot to look forward to with this special group of players.

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