Should Michigan State basketball target Kentucky center transfer Aaron Bradshaw?

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Michigan State basketball and Tom Izzo have done a decent job of recruiting the transfer portal so far this offseason. Sure they haven't earned a commitment yet, but they have laid the groundwork with many transfers so far.

However, one thing that MSU hasn't done yet is go after a center in the transfer portal. That is the one position I think everyone feels needs to be addressed in the portal, especially after Mady Sissoko entered the portal. But the Spartans haven't been publically linked with any center yet.

One of the centers with the most upside in the entire country just entered the portal on Monday, and this is someone Izzo should maybe think about going after.

Aaron Bradshaw is a 7-foot-1 center from Kentucky who just finished his freshman season with the Wildcats. This season he averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. This isn't a super impressive statline, but he did this in only 13.8 minutes per game. So with increased playing time he could become a force in college.

Out of high school, Bradshaw was one of the top prospects in the country. He was a five-star recruit, the No. 1 center in the country and the No. 5 overall player. So the potential and upside is there for him, but would he be a smart person for Izzo to go after in the portal?

Should Michigan State pursue?

There's no denying that Bradshaw would make Michigan State an infinitely better team. The biggest piece MSU has been missing recently is a solid center, and Bradshaw would become that for MSU. But I still don't think he is someone Michigan State should go after.

The main reason I think this is because he might already know where his next school is going to be. Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced Sunday night that he is becoming the next head coach at Arkansas, so that makes the Razorbacks a potential landing spot for him. You also have to imagine that there will be a lot of competition outside of Arkansas for him as well as he will be one of the best transfers in the country. So it may be wise for MSU to devote their recruiting resources and efforts elsewhere.

It may not be a bad idea to reach out to him once to get a feel for his recruitment though. Maybe he won't have interest in following Calipari to Arkansas, or maybe he would really want to play for Izzo. The two sides would have a decent idea of mutual interest immediately.

As I mentioned, Izzo hasn't contacted a center (publicly) in the portal yet. I personally expect that to happen any day now and Bradshaw would be a great starting point. But I think the Spartans are better suited spending their time elsewhere with a transfer they're more likely to land.