Spartans add F Carson Cooper for 2022


MSU forward Carson Cooper during his official visit to East Lansing/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING, Mich— Michigan State has added some much needed depth to the 2022 frontcourt.

On Sunday afternoon, IMG Academy senior Carson Cooper announced that he would be joining MSU for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-11, 220-pound forward spent two years playing for Jackson Northwest and spent his junior year playing alongside new teammate Jaden Akins and Emoni Bates at Ypsilanti Prep.

As his recruitment slowly heated up as a senior, Cooper received offers from five Division I schools in American, Stetson, Duquesne, Vermont and Eastern Michigan.

The 17-year-old Cooper informed 247Sports that he plans on redshirting the upcoming season. It remains to be seen if he will be on scholarship or if he is joining the team as a preferred walk-on.

Cooper gives the Spartans some much needed interior depth with the departure of centers Marcus Bingham Jr. and Julius Marble. While being a bit of a raw prospect, Cooper adds some size and physicality to a power forward/center room that currently only has Joey Hauser, Malik Hall, Mady Sissoko and incoming four-star Jaxon Kohler on scholarship.

He will also add a solid interior presence to a scout team that has been somewhat depleted with forward Peter Nwoke entering the transfer portal and fellow forward Michael Peterson graduating.