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Michigan State Lands 2018 Forward Marcus Bingham Jr.

Marcus Bingham Commit

Marcus Bingham Jr. the 6-foot-10 power forward from Catholic Central (MI) High School, announced his commitment to Michigan State on Friday via Twitter. Bingham’s commitment comes one day after Brandon Johns, his teammate with Spiece Indy Heat, committed to Michigan.

“Family played a pivotal role in my decision,” Bingham told D1VISION. “The coaching staff connected with my family, which was really important to me. Also, being close to home was big because I want to stay close to my family. At Michigan State, the players and coaching staff interact like a big family, and the players have a brotherhood. I can see myself being a part of that because they all seem to have the same mindset.”

Playing with Spiece Indy Heat on the Nike EYBL, Bingham averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game in 16 games. They finished with a 7-9 record, missing out on Peach Jam.

Bingham is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 79 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 2 player from the state of Michigan. He joins Gabe Brown, Foster Loyer, and Thomas Kithier as the fourth commit in the Spartans’ 2018 class, giving them the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.

“I feel like I can settle into their offense nicely,” said Bingham. “I’m very versatile, so I’ll be able to do many things for my team like shooting the ball, stretching the floor, and being able to put the ball on the floor when needed. I can play anywhere from a 3 to a 5, so I can fill in the gaps that MSU may have at the time. Coach [Tom] Izzo has compared my game to Adrian Payne, so I can see myself playing that type of role for them as well.”

Bingham chose Michigan State over Butler, Purdue, Bradley, DePaul, Michigan State, Oakland, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, VCU, Washington, and Xavier, among others. He took two unofficial visits to Butler (Apr. 30 and June 17). He also took an unofficial visit to Purdue earlier this month (June 13).

“I’m really excited to take my game to the next level with the great coaching staff that Michigan State has, along with gaining brothers in my future teammates,” Bingham said. “I look forward to continuing my career at such a prestigious place like Michigan State. I feel like it met all the criteria on my checklist of choosing which college to attend next year.”

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