College Basketball Recruting: Tom Izzo Drew Gavin Schilling to Michigan State

By Robert White
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Power forward prospect Gavin Schilling became Michigan State’s first 2013 commit this week.

Schilling decided to go with Michigan State ahead of the likes of ULCA, Minnesota and Villanova.

“I proudly announce that I will be playing my college basketball at Michigan State University! Much love to all who supported me,” Schilling said via Twitter.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was a big draw card for the underrated Schilling.

“What drew me was Coach Izzo and his winning tradition and how he develops his players,” Schilling said in an interview with M Live. “I like his style of play and the whole family atmosphere that was there on my visit.

“He’s a hardworking coach. He deserves everything he’s earned so far. He’s a blue-collar guy, and he’s going to bust in through the front door, not the backdoor.”

Schilling shouldn’t have too much competition at the power forward spot- NBA prospect Adreian Payne is expected to declare for this year’s draft, but even if he doesn’t, it shouldn’t be a problem.

“Payne may be, may not be,” Schilling said of Payne’s NBA decision after committing to the Spartans. “(Izzo) told me I can be in the same rotation, on the floor with him at the same time.”

Schilling was a late developer and therefore didn’t receive the recruiting attention he probably deserved. By all accounts he’s an intelligent young man with an emerging inside game and has played with some talented players from his class, including 2013’s No.2 prospect Jabari Parker in AAU basketball.

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