Expert likes Michigan State basketball’s chances with 5-star G Karim Mane

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Karim Mane is one of the hottest commodities in the 2020 recruiting class and one expert likes Michigan State basketball’s chances.

Karim Mane made a decision at the end of April that shocked plenty of Michigan State fans to their core. He decided to declare for the NBA draft but he did leave the door open to the possibility of attending college in 2020-21 instead.

While maintaining that collegiate eligibility, he stated that if he gets enough feedback that says he will be drafted, he’s likely to stay in the draft. However, there are many experts and mock drafts that believe he will go two full rounds without hearing his name called.

If that’s the case, what’s the likely stop for Mane on his tour to the NBA?

According to Corey Evans of Rivals, if Mane chooses the collegiate route, Michigan State is the likely destination.

"All options remain on the table with the graduation of program great Cassius Winston. For now, the Spartans have put all of their eggs into the basket of Karim Mane. The five-star Canadian has entered his name into this summer’s NBA Draft, but unless he receives the proper feedback, I expect Mane to attend college in the fall. There is always a chance the G League comes calling, but if college is in his future, I believe that MSU will be the program he chooses."

This should be a refreshing storyline for fans who had basically given up on Mane because of his NBA draft declaration. There’s a good chance he could get the proper feedback and decide a year of college is the best decision for him and if that’s the case, Michigan State is the likely destination, according to Evans who is well-connected in the recruiting landscape.

Mane would be a heck of an addition to an already-solid roster and he’d give the Spartans a point guard which they desperately need with the departure of Cassius Winston. He’s a five-star recruit from Canada, ranked in the top 30 in the 2020 class.

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Evans admitted that even if the Spartans don’t land Mane, there’s a good chance they still find a way to add a guard before the 2020-21 season.