Michigan State basketball: 3 reasons Tom Izzo is on verge of second title

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2. Loaded 2020-21 roster

While many are assuming that Tom Izzo’s next best chance of winning No. 2 won’t happen until the 2021 class arrives on campus, don’t skip ahead too far in the book. The potential roster for the 2020-21 season could be absolutely loaded.

Cassius Winston is gone and that would provide a major hit to any program, but just look at what might be coming back and in.

First, Xavier Tillman could still return and he’d fill that leadership void that Cassius left open. Next, Aaron Henry could also choose to come back and he’ll join Josh Langford who has decided to return for a fifth year after missing the better part of two seasons with an injury. Joey Hauser is now eligible after transferring from Marquette and sitting in 2019-20. Rocket Watts is back and he’ll likely take over the point unless Karim Mane commits (still possible).

Gabe Brown, Marcus Bingham Jr., Thomas Kithier and Foster Loyer bring back experience while Julius Marble and Malik Hall add depth. And lastly, Mady Sissoko and AJ Hoggard make up a solid incoming recruiting class.

The roster for 2020-21 will be top five most talented in the nation if all goes as planned and that could help Izzo win No. 2 even before the 2021 recruiting class gets to town.