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August 04, 2010

Two recruits for MSU hoops

Lose one, gain two. Branden Dawson was the big score of the day for Tom Izzo's program, a 6-6 forward from Gary, Ind., who is a top-20 national guy and according to Scout.com analyst Dave Telep, "the best offensive rebounder in high school basketball." And we've just learned that MSU also got a verbal commitment from 6-0 point guard Travis Trice of Huber Heights, Ohio. His father and coach, Travis Sr., confirmed that moments ago to Dan Kilbridge.

    So that's four commitments for 2011 -- all perimeter players, although Dawson has the look of a guy who could be a combo forward in the mold of Raymar Morgan some day. He has drawn comparisons to Jason Richardson and is a major commitment for Izzo. Gary is sort of like Purdue's Flint and the Boilers, UCLA and many others were after him. Telep said his outside shooting has improved dramatically this summer, and that he'll likely be a McDonald's All-American.

    I don't know as much about Trice at this point, but MSU will be needing a true point guard soon. Korie Lucious will be a senior in 2011-12, leaving guys such as Keith Appling and Brandan Kearney who can play the position some, but are best described as combo guards. Trice is a point man and a guy who's a bit off the radar compared with most of the recruits who are committing to MSU these days -- which brings to mind another Travis from Ohio, doesn't it?

    UPDATE: A quote from Trice. He and Dawson were AAU teammates. And since Tom Izzo was apparently at every Dawson AAU game this summer, he saw more than enough of Trice to get a good evaluation.

    "I've actually been playing with (Dawson) since freshman year," Trice said. "We're really close so we've got a nice chemistry together. ... He's a heck of player and I love playing with him, so it's good I'm gonna get to spend at least four more years playing with him."

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