March 20, 2013

Schilling hopes to help make MSU 'stronger than ever'

Prior to calling the Michigan State basketball offices on Wednesday afternoon, Gavin Schilling filled out his NCAA Tournament brackets and projected a run to the Final Four for the Spartans.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Schilling, a fast-rising 3-star power forward from Findlay Prep near Las Vegas, then informed MSU assistant coach Dane Fife the Spartans had won the race to land his signature on a national letter of intent this spring.

Schilling picked MSU from a field of finalists that also included UCLA, Minnesota and Villanova - posting his decision on Twitter at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday with the following tweet:

"Gavin Schilling @GSchills32 9m I proudly announce that I will be playing my college basketball at Michigan State University! Much love to all who supported me! #GoGreen" caught up with both Schilling and Findlay Prep head coach Todd Simon not long afterward and both foresee a bright future for both the player and his collegiate team of choice. Schilling - who's mom, Lisa, and younger brother, Nigel, live in Chicago - just turned 17 in November.

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