What can Grace VanSlooten bring to Michigan State women's basketball?

Oregon   s Grace VanSlooten tries for a 3-pointer during the second half against Oregon State at
Oregon s Grace VanSlooten tries for a 3-pointer during the second half against Oregon State at / Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard / USA

Mere days after point guard DeeDee Hagemann made her intentions of transferring to Ole Miss known according to Brian Calloway from the Lansing State Journal, the Michigan State women's basketball program has plenty to be excited about. Head coach Robyn Fralick and the Spartans can rejoice as they received a commitment from Oregon star Grace VanSlooten.

VanSlooten was a highly-touted forward coming out of high school and thrived for the Ducks in her first two seasons, receiving All-Pac 12 honors in both her freshman and sophomore years.

She was a huge part of Oregon's team this season, as they struggled as a team going just 11-21, after several years of being one of the more prominent West Coast teams. Even in their struggles, VanSlooten showed out as she was the team's leading scorer. In 31 starts, she was able to average 15 points and just over seven rebounds per game.

VanSlooten took to X to official announce her transfer to Michigan State.

It's obvious she is going to be a huge contributor right away, as the Spartan women had an outstanding 2023-24 season reaching the NCAA Tournament in Fralick's first season at the helm.

The one thing the team lacked was size and depth in the post, and VanSlooten will clear help fill that need quickly. Julia Ayrault ended up being the biggest body the team had in the post after injuries ended the season for both of the team's bigs Isaline Alexander and freshman center Mary Meng.

VanSlooten, at 6-foot-3, is going to be a big difference-maker, and to have her on the floor with Ayrault, and point guard Theryn Hallock gives the team a strong top three players for next season.

With Moira Joiner and Tory Ozment's Spartan careers over, it's great to see Fralick making moves in the portal.

The future for the Michigan State women's basketball team looks bright and to see that what Fralick has done in just one season is only helping her and the team get some high-level talent to come to East Lansing.