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Michigan State F Ben Carter Granted 6th Year Of Eligibility

A closeup of Michigan State's mascot during Spartans basketball game.

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15: The mascot for the Michigan State Spartans looks across the court as the Spartans play against the Iowa Hawkeyes during a quarterfinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Michigan State's already strong 2017-18 front line just got a little stronger.

Michigan State forward Ben Carter, who sat out all of last season with a knee injury, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

The Spartans announced the news moments ago.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Carter arrived in East Lansing as a graduate transfer by way of UNLV, where he averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds in 2015-16. Carter began his career at Oregon, playing two seasons for the Ducks in 2012-13 and 2013-14 before transferring to UNLV.

With Carter back in the fold, MSU has an embarrassment of frontcourt riches. There is Miles Bridges, who surprisingly passed up on the NBA Draft to return to school for his sophomore season. Another sophomore, lefty bruiser Nick Ward, had a strong freshman campaign as well.

Then there is glue guy Kenny Goins and a pair of heralded freshmen, five-star Jaren Jackson and four-star Xavier Tillman. Oh, and Gavin Schilling projects to be back from injury as a fifth-year senior.

The Spartans are certainly going to be a pain to play against in the paint.