Michigan State is looking to get back to its strong regular season performances under Tom Izzo. To get there, the Spartans have looked to the transfer portal for a key reinforcement.

On Tuesday, 6-foot-7 forward Frankie Fidler confirmed his commitment to play for Michigan State. Fidler is an All-Summit performer from Nebraska Omaha and a veteran scorer.

As a junior, Fidler averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 45% from the floor and 35.6% from 3-point range. His scoring skill set should be translateable after scoring 20 points in a road loss vs. TCU last season and 30+ points 4 times.

A true veteran, Fidler has 91 career starts across his first 3 seasons at the college level. He should be an immediate plug-and-play option on the wing for Izzo’s group.

Impact of adding Fidler

Last offseason, Izzo made the decision to stand pat, not adding any pieces from the portal with a key group returning. Unfortunately, that key group and a strong incoming freshman class underwhelmed during the regular season and fell short of making a major impact in March Madness.

This time around, the Spartans are being more active in finding a potential difference-maker in the transfer portal. Even coming from a smaller program, Fidler should fit that bill.

This past season, a pair of former Southern Illinois stars made major impacts in the Big Ten with Lance Jones (Purdue) and Marcus Domask (Illinois) shining. Michigan State will be looking to Fidler for a similar impact this season.