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Recruiting: Matthew McQuaid Selects Spartans, MSU Maintains Momentum

2015 Matthew McQuaid, a talented sharpshooter out of Texas, originally committed to SMU but backed out a few weeks back and chose Michigan State on Thursday morning. McQuaid will fit in very well with the guards and wings Izzo has lined up to join him on the 2015-16 Michigan State Spartans.

MSU head coach Tom Izzo has the Spartans building towards another high point thanks to his strong recruiting
MSU head coach Tom Izzo has the Spartans building towards another high point thanks to his strong recruiting
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

On September 10th, Tom Izzo went to Texas to visit Matthew McQuaid, a 2015 shooting guard with a reputation for sinking threes that had recently decommitted from SMU. Just over two weeks later, shortly after an official visit, McQuaid decided to come to East Lansing and committed to the Michigan State Spartans.

McQuaid isn't the strongest ballhandler, and he won't be the answer to MSU's question mark behind incoming PG Lourawls Nairn unless it's as part of a platoon, but he can dribble well enough to get his own shot and doesn't need a ton of space. And though Matt's first instinct isn't to drive - he's definitely a shooter - he is a rangy athlete that can dunk pretty easily.

As you can you in the video above, taken by Courtside Films, Mcquaid is passable but not particularly adept with the ball in his hands. He is, however, a great shooter and is very capable of using a few dribbles to get into his own shot. McQuaid and his eventual running mates shouldn't have any trouble spreading the floor, with three point shooters capable of spotting up, putting the ball on the floor, or briefly running the offense.

With the commitment of Matt McQuaid, MSU has just one scholarship open in the 2015-6 class. The Spartans are also hard after Henry Ellenson, who joined McQuaid on his official visit last weekend, and Caleb Swanigan, both 5* centers in the 2015 class. Ellenson has already cut his list to three suitors - Kentucky, Marquette, and MSU - so he is likely to decide soon. Swanigan, on the other hand, plans to commit in the spring and hasn't lined up his first official visit yet. If Michigan State were to land either player, Izzo would be bringing in the best class he has brought in in a few seasons and he has an excellent shot to do just that.