Michigan State scored one of the top available wings in the Midwest on Monday as Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis 2018 small forward Aaron Henry committed to Tom Izzo and the Spartans.  A tenacious two-way player, Henry is coming off an exceptional July, which saw him become a priority recruit in Big Ten country and beyond.

As a slasher, Henry can beat defenders in a variety of ways. The 6-foot-6 wing has a nice blend of finesse and strength when he gets into the teeth of the defense and his smooth ability to create in tight spaces gives defenses fits. If he gets a head of steam going to the rim, Henry has the athleticism to dunk on against multiple defenders. 

An improving shooter, Henry can catch and shoot from the perimeter off dribble penetration. Using excellent body control, Henry can pull up from mid-range off the bounce and will pivot and head fake until he gets the angle he wants. Henry has the handles to create from the perimeter, but also works off the ball and will get himself in high percentage situations by making himself available in the high post. 

Defensively, Henry has the tools to be a stopper in the Big Ten. He’s a lengthy 6-foot-6 wing that gets after people and doesn’t back away from a challenge. He has a knack for crowding good scorers, making them uncomfortable, and forcing them into difficult looks away from the rim. Off the ball, Henry often makes momentum shifting blocks when he comes over from the weak side. 

Part of a likely rebuild coming in East Lansing after this upcoming season, Henry will be counted on to help ease the blow of Miles Bridges. Looking at their roster, the Spartans won’t have many players like him. Henry’s defensive ability should certainly be needed and he’ll have a chance to be an instant impact freshman in 2018-19. 

Henry chose MSU over Missouri, Washington State, Ohio State, Indiana, TCU, Virginia Tech, Illinois, UConn, Nebraska, Xavier, Butler, and others. 

Michigan State’s five-man recruiting class stands as one of the best in the country. Headlined by stretch forward Marcus Bingham Jr. and 6-foot-9 wing Gabe Brown, the Spartans round things out with the hard-nosed guard Foster Loyer and the skilled big man Thomas Kithier, giving MSU a little bit of everything in 2018.