Michigan State basketball makes top 4 for transfer wing Keyshawn Hall

Dec 5, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; George Mason Patriots guard Keyshawn Hall (4) brings the
Dec 5, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; George Mason Patriots guard Keyshawn Hall (4) brings the / Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball are off to a solid start in the transfer portal. No, they haven't earned any commitments yet, but they also haven't lost any because none of their targets have announced a commitment. But what MSU has been able to do is make the top lists for all of the portal targets they have been publically connected with so far.

The first was J'Vonne Hadley who has MSU in his top two along with Iowa State. The second is Frankie Fidler who has MSU in his top four and will be visiting East Lansing this week. And the third and final is Keyshawn Hall from George Mason who MSU initially contacted in the portal last week.

Hall is an impressive wing from George Mason. He is coming off a solid season that saw him average 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Also included in Hall's top four along with Michigan State are USC, Arkansas, and UCF.

This is a very interesting top four, and one that the Spartans have to feel pretty good about. None of these schools are known for being truly elite basketball programs. USC and Arkansas are both coming off losing seasons, and UCF finished this year 17-16. I know MSU hasn't been very great either, but in the public's perception, the Spartans are the best program out of this group by far.

This top four does tell me one thing though, Hall wants to go where he can get a lot of playing time. Someone like Hall could go to pretty much any school in the country, but he appears to be choosing to go to a place where he can play a lot immediately. And I believe MSU fits that mold.

Is Michigan State even interested?

Even though the Spartans were put in Hall's top four, it appears MSU isn't that involved with him right now. According to 247Sports Michigan State insider Justin Thind, Michigan State is "not involved with Hall's recruitment right now." So even though the Spartans reached out originally, it appears they are pursuing other options in the portal over Hall.

The next step in this recruitment will be setting up some visits to his finalists. Based on this intel from Thind, he will not be setting up a visit with Michigan State right now. That doesn't mean things can't change in the future, especially if MSU misses on some of their other targets, but for the time being the Spartans will not be pursuing Hall.