Michigan State Basketball: Predicting future starting 5 with Enoch Boakye

Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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Let’s assume Enoch Boakye reclassifies and joins the Michigan State basketball’s 2021-22 team. What could a future starting five with him look like?

Once again, Michigan State landed a five-star prospect as Canadian center Enoch Boakye committed to the Spartans on Tuesday afternoon.

The rich continue to get richer. He is the third five-star prospect to commit to Michigan State over the past month. He’s technically part of the Spartans’ 2022 class with Emoni Bates, but there’s a good chance that both guys will reclassify to 2021 and join an absolutely loaded roster.

Assuming he reclassifies to 2021, let’s take a look at what a starting five with him would look like to kick off the 2021-22 season.


  • Marcus Bingham Jr.
  • Gabe Brown
  • Mady Sissoko
  • AJ Hoggard
  • Pierre Brooks
  • Jaden Akins
  • Malik Hall
  • Julius Marble
  • Thomas Kithier
  • Foster Loyer

The bench will have plenty of talent and some would argue that a couple of these guys deserve to be in the starting lineup and they very well could be.

Someone like Mady Sissoko could find himself in the NBA after a season if he develops quickly and Xavier Tillman goes pro. However, he could also be a raw talent and Izzo could decide that Boakye would be a better fit in the starting five. Heck, both guys could see the floor in the post at the same time which would be a nightmare for opposing offenses.

Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. could also take that next step and crack the starting five as could a guy like Malik Hall.

Could someone transfer before the 2021-22 season? Sure, but we’re not going to speculate that right now. That makes this team legitimately 12-15 guys deep. It won’t end up this way, but for right now, the Spartans have 15 scholarship guys for 2021 if Emoni Bates and Boakye reclassify.