January 23, 2013

Gavin Schilling: 'Michigan State is a special program'

Gavin Schilling sees a lot of things to like about Michigan State University.

It's located in East Lansing, Mich., a manageable drive from his hometown of Chicago - where his mother and 13-year old brother live. It's got a spacious, picturesque campus that Schilling and his family toured during an impromptu unofficial visit during the holiday season.

The basketball program's facilities are nice at the Breslin Center, the Spartans boast a talented roster that competes for Big Ten titles, and they also happen to have an intensely driven, fiery, somewhat legendary basketball coach named Tom Izzo.

After recently offering Schilling a scholarship, Izzo and Spartan assistant coach Dane Fife appear to have MSU sitting in good position to snare the 6-foot-9, 240-pounder - who's become one of the most sought-after unsigned prospects in the Class of 2013 during the past month.

"It was real special," said Schilling of the Spartan offer, which he received last week, after playing well in the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest in Memphis, Tenn. "Michigan State is a special program with Coach Izzo. I like him a lot. He's a great coach and he really develops players."

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