Michigan State Basketball: 4-star SF Ty Rodgers’ offer long overdue

Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Michigan State basketball is piecing together its big board for 2022 and Ty Rodgers finally joined the mix after receiving an offer on Thursday.

Good things come to those who wait and Ty Rodgers is living proof of that.

But did the Spartans wait a little longer than they should have to offer the four-star small forward from Grand Blanc, Mich.?

On Thursday, after contacting Rodgers early on Monday morning as the dead period ended, Tom Izzo extended an offer to the four-star wing, making him the fifth recruit in the 2022 class to earn a scholarship from Michigan State. He joins Emoni Bates, Donovan Clingan, Enoch Boakye and Penn State commit Sonny Johnson Jr.

This is an important offer for Michigan State seeing as Rodgers is very familiar with the program and he’s even related to Brian Bowen and Jason Richardson. The former didn’t work out for the Spartans, but the latter surely did, and he spent his childhood watching Michigan State thanks to J-Rich.

Moreover, this is a kid that seems to be at the top of the list for Michigan as they contacted him at midnight on Sunday night. Syracuse, Marquette, Ohio State, Houston and Florida State have also offered while Louisville and Wisconsin are showing interest.

A must-have target for Michigan State basketball

It’s unclear as to how many scholarships will be available for 2022, but there could be plenty of space to go after Bates and Rodgers heavily. That would also allow them to target Boakye and Clingan to complete the class.

This offer seemed like it was a long time coming as Rodgers is the No. 2 prospect from the state of Michigan in the class behind only Emoni — the No. 1 player in the country. He’s also ranked the 65th-best overall prospect and No. 18 small forward, according to the composite.

Rodgers’ game is intriguing. He stands 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 180 pounds. He can slash to the hoop or take it to the rim on his own. His athleticism allows him to throw down over defenders and bring the ball up the floor like a point guard.

There’s a reason Rodgers is such a priority for some top programs and it’s because his game translates well to the next level and he already has the ideal frame for a wing.

Michigan State needs to put the full-court press on here as it came a little late to the party.

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