Michigan State basketball could allow Karim Mane to thrive from day one

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There are no major updates regarding Karim Mane, but he’s looking to thrive from day one. Michigan State basketball could offer that.

The name Karim Mane has resonated with Michigan State fans over the past few months because he’s the clear answer to the point guard vacancy in East Lansing.

Rocket Watts has assumed that No. 1 point guard position with Cassius Winston’s departure, but that’s not his natural spot. He’s more of a two-guard with the ability to play point and give the one a rest. If Mane were to commit to Michigan State, that backcourt issue would be resolved.

On Wednesday evening a “new” update — or non-update — surfaced, stating that there is basically no new development in the case of Mane. But there was one part of the report that stood out.

No colleges are pushing him for a commitment, but he’s also looking to thrive from day one at an NCAA program. There’s reason to believe that Michigan State would do just that.

On top of that, Marquette, which was the leader for a while, just learned that Ohio State transfer guard DJ Carton’s immediate eligibility was granted. That has to help the Spartans’ chances with Mane if he were to pick the college route.

Mane in Michigan State basketball’s starting five

While there are no new developments or signs that he’s leaning one way or another, Mane would be a solid fit in Michigan State’s lineup immediately.

Winston has graduated and Watts will have to move into a position he didn’t come to East Lansing to play. If Mane chose MSU, he’d be the starting point guard more than likely and Watts would be back at the two with Aaron Henry — assuming a return — or Josh Langford at the other wing and Joey Hauser and Xavier Tillman — also assuming a return — in the post.

Not only would he be starting for the green and white at the point, but he would eat up a ton of minutes and thrive with four other players who can put the ball in the basket. That would make for one of the most potent starting fives in the country.

Mane wants to thrive personally, and having four other guys who can take the pressure off him would do just that. Plus, his assist numbers would be out of this world.

So if Mane is truly looking to thrive from day one and essentially be a starting point guard lock, Michigan State is the right fit for him, assuming he chooses the college route.

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