College basketball analyst has high praise for new Michigan State basketball commit
Kohler had become one of the highest-recruited players in the country earning offers from programs like Illinois, Iowa and USC in recent months.
According to 247Sports Composite rankings, Kohler is a 4-star prospect and the No. 11 overall power forward in the country. He’s listed at 6-foot-9, 250 pounds.
However, The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie sees Kohler as an extremely valuable recruit within the context of college basketball. Here’s an excerpt of Vecenie’s analysis from shortly after Kohler’s announcement:
In an era where basketball has shifted so far toward getting to the NBA as fast as possible, I think Kohler has a real shot to be one of the most valuable recruits in the 2022 recruiting class when we look back in five years. He’s likely at least a three-year player at Michigan State, and it’s hard to imagine a world where he’s not productive due to how much touch and skill he has in his game.
Vecenie sees Kohler as a multi-year contributor for the Spartans, but not necessarily an NBA prospect due to his current style not necessarily translating to the modern NBA. Vecenie’s analysis of Kohler’s game goes into more detail as to why that’s the case.
The Spartans now have two players committed for the class of 2022.
Michigan State opens its 2021-22 season with Kansas on Nov. 9.