Tom Izzo is clearly getting to work this offseason as the season of official visits is about to begin when the NCAA’s in-person recruiting restrictions are lifted in June.
The Hall of Fame head coach has secured a massive official from his top point guard target in the 2022 class for June 2 as Tre Holloman is gearing up to pay Michigan State basketball a visit.
This shouldn’t come as a major surprise seeing as Izzo has been recruiting him for years now and he’s been on the head coach’s radar, but some might argue the Spartans don’t need anymore point guards, and making him a priority might not serve them as well as targeting a big.
Well, the Spartans will likely have room for 4-5 incoming recruits and there are 3-4 power forwards or centers high on their list such as Kijani Wright, Isaac Traudt, Jalen Washington, and Tarris Reed. Michigan State could land a combination of those four along with Hollman and Jaden Schutt and finish with an impressive, well-rounded class.
Izzo is making sure Holloman knows he’s wanted in East Lansing.
Some heavy-hitters are making a strong push for him such as Kansas, Michigan, Iowa, and Arkansas, but you can’t count out home-state school Minnesota or a program like Marquette.
Michigan State stands in a good spot with him, however, especially since he’s already scheduled an official visit which happens to be his first.
Could he be another two-sport star?
When 247Sports’ Stephen Brooks posted a VIP story (as always, subscribe if you want to read the specifics of the story) about Holloman scheduling a visit to Michigan State, the title read “two-sport star” and that’s something I hadn’t known enough about.
After doing some research, it looks like he’s a three-star cornerback as well, ranked in the top-500 nationally which is impressive and something you don’t often seen from dual-sport athletes. A top-60 overall basketball recruit and top-500 football prospect? This just goes to show how special of an athlete he really is.
While he might end up just focusing on basketball in the end, it wouldn’t hurt to have Mel Tucker involved in some way during his recruitment.
Even if he cuts football after trying it in college, Michigan State could stand out as a school that lets him test both sports — a-la Keon Coleman and Maliq Carr.
On the hardwood, however, he would be a more than welcomed addition, potentially helping replace Tyson Walker (depending on when he leaves) and complementing Jaden Akins (who can play the two) and AJ Hoggard.
Izzo needs to go all-in here.