Enoch Boakye, the No. 1 prospect in Canada and third-best center in 2022, has been drawing some interest from Michigan State basketball.
Earlier on Tuesday afternoon, we talked about Michigan State adding 7-foot-1 center Donovan Clingan to the list of 2022 targets, but another name has emerged.
Enoch Boakye is one of the best bigs in the 2022 class at 6-foot-10 and 240 pounds and while he may not be as tall as Clingan, he’s every bit as lengthy.
Boakye could be a five-star prospect before the class is in the books and Michigan State is making sure that it’s in the race.
Already holding an offer from the Spartans, the four-star big man has heard from Michigan State since the dead period ended.
Along with the Spartans, South Carolina, Gonzaga, Arizona, Marquette and Kentucky are also showing major interest and this is something Izzo needs to do more of. He needs to get in early with these elite kids from outside the country and why not continue to target some of Canada’s top prospects — they have been elite in years past.
Izzo has been doing so with Karim Mane from the 2020 class — his recruitment isn’t quite done yet — and Charles Bediako from 2021. Now it’s Boakye from the 2022 class.
Boakye is ranked the No. 21 overall prospect in the class, No. 3 center and top Canadian prospect in 2022, according to 247Sports.
Michigan State basketball’s chances
It’s extremely early in the process for Boakye, but if the Spartans were to land a guy like Mane or even Bediako, that would have to help their chances.
Still, the schools reaching out, save Kentucky, don’t exactly have the same draw as Michigan State, program-wise. The Spartans would be able to offer early playing time, a chance to contend for titles as well as a quick road to the NBA — like Jaren Jackson Jr.
What does Boakye bring to the table? He’s a lengthy center with impressive athleticism, a smooth jumper for a big man and he goes up incredibly strong — much like Clingan.
What I like most about his game is that he’s not afraid to put the ball on the floor and create for himself and he doesn’t look awkward taking jumpers.
It’s almost impossible to tell what the Spartans’ early chances are, but getting in on Boakye before a lot of the big boys is huge.