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MSU nabs 4-star PF Marcus Bingham Jr. from Grand Rapids Catholic Central for 2018

Michigan State hoops landed another big future recruit on Friday, and their highest-rated commit thus far for the Class of 2018. 4-star power forward Marcus Bingham Jr. out of Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids announced his pledge to the Spartans.

Bingham (6-10, 195 pounds) is listed as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Michigan and a top-25 power forward in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The Catholic Central product had been looked at hard by various big-name programs in the greater midwest region, including fellow Big Ten programs Purdue and Ohio State.

Dec 12, 2015; East Lansing, MI, USA; General view of a basketball on the court during the 2nd half of a game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Florida Gators at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Spartans formally offered him a scholarship back in early May. He has yet to make any sort of visit to East Lansing (per 247Sports).

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The commitment from Bingham comes just one day after the state’s top hoops prep star Brandon Johns — from East Lansing High School — announced his commitment to the University of Michigan.

Amazingly, Bingham has had barely two years of varsity basketball experience. He played his sophomore season across town at Ottawa Hills High School in the Grand Rapids area before transferring to Catholic Central this past season. Despite playing in only half of the 2016-17 season due to transfer rules, Bingham still earned All-State honorable mention honors.

Two years later and eight inches taller, Bingham is now a 4-star prospect.

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With the addition of Bingham, Michigan State now has four pledges from the Class of 2018, all of whom are of the 4-star variety and hail from across the Mitten. It’s a class that now ranks tops in the Big Ten and 2nd in the country, behind only — you guessed it — Arkansas (yes… Arkansas).

Bingham is the second player in the last two weeks to commit to the Spartans. Back on June 20, Belleville High School small forward Gabe Brown announced his commitment to MSU. That now gives Michigan State four of the top six prep prospects from the state of Michigan.

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Written by Alex Muller

MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).


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