Michigan State basketball showing interest in Colorado transfer

Mar 20, 2024; Dayton, OH, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard J'Vonne Hadley (1) dribbles the ball in the
Mar 20, 2024; Dayton, OH, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard J'Vonne Hadley (1) dribbles the ball in the / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We're at an interesting point in the early offseason where big names are hitting the transfer portal and Michigan State basketball fans are desperately hoping the Spartans pop up on a "(insert transfer) has heard from these schools" list.

Well, Spartan fans are in luck.

On Thursday, 247HSHoops posted about a recent Colorado transfer. No, I'm not talking about Eddie Lampkin who was targeted by Tom Izzo and Michigan State last offseason. I'm talking about a player who has some interesting ties to Michigan State already.

That player is Colorado guard J'Vonne Hadley.

J'Vonne Hadley would be a grad transfer this season and has been at three different schools throughout his college career. Usually, that's a turn-off for Izzo, but Hadley started at Northeastern (yes, he was teammates with Tyson Walker for a year) and then went the JUCO route before getting recruited by Colorado.

In two seasons with the Buffaloes, he scored 592 points and shot over 40 percent from deep on 49 attempts. He also averaged 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.2 steals per game which shows he can crash the boards at a high level and he's a solid defender.

Hadley was buried in Colorado's somewhat-loaded lineup this season, averaging 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 54 percent from the floor.

It's not often you see a guard shoot this well, but he was selective with his shot-taking and rarely stepped out from deep. He knew how to get to the rim and finish which is exactly what Michigan State needs next season to complement Tre Holloman/Jeremy Fears and Jaden Akins.

Speaking of Holloman, he actually attended the same high school as Hadley, he's just a few years younger.

At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, Hadley could slide over to the three spot so Akins can go to his more natural two-guard position and the lineup would come together nicely. Or he could provide a boost off the bench. Either way, this is an intriguing target.