With Joey Hauser more than likely gone, Malik Hall knew he’d have a bigger role at the four if he returned for one final season. So, on Tuesday evening, he announced that he’d be back for a fifth year, citing a potentially “special” season for the Spartans in 2023-24.
The expectations around Hall will be elevated, especially if he stays healthy. He had a rough season because he was battling injuries throughout, but when he’s healthy and confident, there aren’t many better power forwards in the Big Ten.
I originally had Xavier Booker here in my previous starting five projections, but Tom Izzo trusts Hall and he’s more likely to go with a fifth-year senior than a raw true freshman.
Hall played in just 23 games this season, averaging 8.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor. His numbers dipped a little, especially his 3-point percentage, but he has the ability to stretch the floor and create mismatches at the four with his ability to handle the ball and pure athleticism.
I like Hall here with Booker as his backup and I think he has a career year.