One of the hottest prospects, not only in the Midwest, but the country, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 2018 power forward Marcus Bingham Jr. went from a relatively unknown prospect to a priority recruit for a number of programs. Grabbing all 13 of his scholarship offers since May, Bingham has become a ‘Plan A’ target for a number of strong programs. 

“Michigan State, Butler, Purdue, Pittsburgh, DePaul, and Missouri are the teams I would say are the schools recruiting me most,” Bingham told NY2LA Sports.” 

Bingham has other offers from Washington, Xavier, VCU, Bradley, Ferris State, Oakland, Towson, and Saint Joseph’s.  DePaul was the first to offer the sweet-shooting forward. The Blue Demons have a commitment from Bingham’s AAU teammate Tyger Campbell. 

“When Tyger committed, I didn’t know DePaul offered me,” Bingham said. “They offered me after the second session and I didn’t know. Tyger talked to them and about two minutes later they called and offered me (again).  “He’s always in my ear about them.” 

In-state and Big Ten power Michigan State is also pushing for Bingham.  I like that it’s a brotherhood there. All the guys are always together.” 

Another Big Ten power, Purdue, has caught Bingham’s attention. The defending Big Ten champs hosted him earlier this month.  “It’s a great school,” he said. “They have a lot of good stuff going on with their program in the past years. They’ve sent some people to the draft. I wouldn’t say I’m similar to a lot of the bigs they’ve had, but I think I could have a big impact there and they would use me.”

Bingham is also interested in Butler.  “I like everything,” he said. “The atmosphere, the relationship with the coaches...I’m really liking them. We’re all on the same page, I like the plan they have for me. That’s also a good school to attend.” 

Michigan, Arkansas, Syracuse, and Maryland are showing interest in Bingham this summer.  “I would say Maryland, Michigan, and Syracuse are serious about me,” he said. “Maryland came down for a game during the season. I’ve been talking to their assistant. We’ve built a good relationship.  “Michigan started calling me after the EYBL sessions. We talk here and there. Same thing with Syracuse.” 

During four Nike EYBL sessions, Bingham averaged 8.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. The 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward shot 49.5 percent from the field, including 34.1 percent from 3-point range. 

Bingham has no favorites at this time, but plans to narrow his list after July and then use his official visits.  “Me, my family, and my high school coach have been talking about it,” he said. “I really don’t know when I want to narrow it down, but after Peach Jam, I’ll probably cut it down to 10.” 

Bingham plays for Spiece Indy Heat during the travel season.