Two more post players Michigan State basketball should target in the portal

Mar 22, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah State Aggies forward Great Osobor (1) reacts after a play
Mar 22, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah State Aggies forward Great Osobor (1) reacts after a play / Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

It's that time again everyone, time to discuss more transfer options that we hope Tom Izzo goes after. Michigan State basketball's frontcourt needs a lot of help, and that's the case whether Mady Sissoko returns for a fifth season next year or not.

There have been a large amount of big men who have entered the transfer portal already that Michigan State and Izzo could go after, and two more names entered on Wednesday that I would love for Izzo to make an effort for.

The first option is 6-foot-8 Utah State forward Great Osobor. That name alone makes me want him in East Lansing, but he is an extremely talented athlete nonetheless. Osobor is coming off an electric season that saw him nearly average a double-double with 17.7 points and nine rebounds per game. He also is an elite defender and averaged 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game as well. Osobor was also a first-team All-Mountain West selection this season which is extremely impressive.

The Spartans have not had a truly talented two-way player like Osobor since Xavier Tillman, and that is something this team desperately needs. He will be a popular name in the transfer portal, but it would be silly for Izzo to not get involved.

The second option that Izzo could potentially target is 6-foot-9 forward from Ball State Basheer Jihad. Similar to Osobor, he nearly averaged a double-double this season with 18.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He also was selected to second-team All-MAC this season.

I think the Spartans would have a better shot at landing Jihad if they choose to go after him. While his stats are very impressive, they are slight below that of Osobor's in a lesser conference as well. The Mountain West is a highly respected conference across the country while the MAC where Jihad played is not. So that alone means there were likely be slightly less competition for Jihad.

Another thing that would be in Michigan State's favor is that Jihad is originally from Detroit. Location doesn't always play a role in a players recruitment, but it does from time to time. So if playing somewhere close to home and back in his home state is important to Jihad, than MSU would have a great chance.

As I mentioned, there are a lot of great prospects out there for Izzo to go after, but I do think it is going to be extremely difficult to land any big man out of the portal. Especially if Sissoko chooses to return (I hate to break it to you, but Izzo won't force him to leave) then MSU would be a pretty undesirable landing spot for any big man.

Think about it, why would any big man want to come to a team who has been playing the post position by committee and likely will still want all of their returning players to get some playing time? If it were me, I wouldn't want to come into this situation.

But that's for Tom Izzo to figure out, not me. He needs to make some type of move in the transfer portal this offseason and I hope it's a post player who can become the starter immediately for this team.