Michigan State makes top 4 for elite transfer forward Frankie Fidler

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Can wan we get a quick round of applause for Tom Izzo? Everyone wondered if he’d even use the transfer portal this offseason, but we don’t have to worry about that anymore. Michigan State basketball is linked with an elite transfer, Frankie Fidler, and just made his top four.

Frankie Fidler is a forward who has spent the last three seasons at Nebraska Omaha. He is a 6-foot-7 junior coming off a huge year where he averaged 20.1 points per game. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season as well. He is a pretty efficient shooter on offense, shooting roughly 45 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point line. He not only is solid on offense, but he is a plus defender who grabbed 1.2 steals per game this season.

We know how important two-way players are to Izzo, and Fidler is just that.

The other three schools in Frankie’s top four are Wisconsin, Nebraska and Creighton. He has already taken visits to all three schools and will take one to Michigan State after the recruiting dead period ends. Being the last visit is a big deal because MSU will be the last school he sees before making a final decision. Sometimes that is very telling in a recruitment, but unfortunately we don’t know if that means anything to Frankie.

This will be a tough recruitment for Tom Izzo and Michigan State to win. We have a lot to offer him being the best program in the group by far while having a lot of playing time to offer him. But it’s not like the other three schools are bad programs though. Frankie also is originally from Nebraska, and location must have played a big role out of high school since he played for Nebraska Omaha. So that alone could favor Nebraska and Creighton if he wants to stay in his home state again.

The recruiting dead period is already in place, but it ends soon on April 9. And according to Jason Killop of On3, Frankie will be in East Lansing nearly right away on April 12.

I have a feeling this is a recruitment that could go MSU’s way. But regardless, this is now the second player the Spartans have been publically connected to, so this shows us that Izzo is very active in the portal. So even if Michigan State doesn’t win this recruitment, I have faith Izzo will already have other portal targets in the works.