Michigan State women's basketball lands No. 4 player in the transfer portal

Oregon forward Grace VanSlooten takes a free throw against Santa Clara Nov. 18 at Matthew Knight
Oregon forward Grace VanSlooten takes a free throw against Santa Clara Nov. 18 at Matthew Knight / Alec Dietz/The Register-Guard / USA

I think it's about time Michigan State gets some positive news in the transfer portal.

We have been waiting around for the men's basketball team to make a move in the portal since the season ended, but it's actually the Michigan State women's basketball team who just earned a commitment on Monday from one of the top players available in the transfer portal.

Grace VanSlooten is an absolutely huge pickup for Robyn Fralick and Michigan State. Grace has spent her first two seasons of college ball at Oregon, where she was an impact player from the jump.

As a freshman, she averaged an impressive 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, but this past season as a sophomore she stepped it up even more. This year she increased her production to 15 points and 7.1 rebounds per game! Add in 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks, and 2.6 assists per game, and you can quickly see how massive of a pickup this is for the Spartans.

To take VanSlooten's impact on the program one step further, you have to look at 247Sports' transfer portal rankings. They have her as the No. 4 overall player in the portal. After one of MSU's best season's in recent years, this is just another massive step in the right direction towards once again competing for Big Ten titles.

Head coach Robyn Fralick deserves a lot of credit for what she's done for the program. The Spartans are coming off a solid 22-9 (12-6) season that earned them their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2021. Now add VanSlooten to the program and you can see how quickly Robyn is turning it around.

It's been a while since there has been this much excitement surrounding the women's basketball program, but it is 100 percent deserved. The team has already proven they are very good, and it appears they are only getting better.