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In the span of a week, Michigan State landed two of the most dynamic perimeter players in the country, regardless of class, in Emoni Bates and Max Christie. Still, as it stands, Spartan fans would have to wait a year to see the tandem do damage together; Christie is in the 2021 class and Bates is the top player in 2022, though sources tell Sports Illustrated that he will likely move to 2021, a scenario Christie is hoping for.

Source: Sports Illustrated

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Lorenzo White didn’t accomplish his top individual goal while at Michigan State. That was winning the Heisman Trophy, and the closest the running back came was finishing fourth in both 1985 and 1987. However, White broke a slew of program records, including rushing yards in a season and career, along with career rushing touchdowns. More than three decades later, those marks, and others, still stand.

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After three-and-a-half seasons as one of the best point guards in college basketball, Cassius Winston recorded his 817th career assist in a January home win over Wisconsin. In doing so, he passed Mateen Cleaves for the most assists not only in Michigan State history but also in Big Ten history – a moment that was celebrated in a postgame ceremony.

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Great coaching in the Michigan State men’s basketball program goes beyond Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo. Two of Izzo’s assistants, Dwayne Stephens and Dane Fife, have been named the best and third-best assistant men’s basketball coach in the Big Ten in a list compiled by Stadium.

Source: Spartans Wire

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A strong, high-octane player, Marble was brilliant in his limited stretches as an energetic spark-plug off the bench. He looked extremely comfortable on the floor, particularly physically, where he came in with a B1G ready body from day one. Despite playing sparse minutes, he provided consistent effort every time he stepped on the floor, best illustrated when clearing space in the paint like a wrecking ball and cleaning up rebounds on both sides of the floor.

Source: Spartan Hoops

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Shawn Respert remains the Michigan State career leader in teams of 3-pointers made, with 331. That’s 25 more than Chris Hill in second place and more than 50 clear of any other Spartans player. Respert’s teams may have taken fewer 3-pointer than modern teams, but Respert was still able to become a prolific 3-point shooter (and the program’s career scoring leader.)

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There was a time that A.J. Arcuri and Luke Campbell were more fierce competitors than good friends, when Arcuri starred as a defensive end at Olentangy Liberty and Campbell helped anchor the offensive line at Olentangy.

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For the second time in 10 days, Michigan State’s athletic department reported no new cases of coronavirus among athletes who underwent testing. The latest batch of negative results came from 74 tests administered on July 6. The university said some individuals tested were newcomers and freshmen athletes being tested for the second time, which included those from the football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball teams. MSU’s hockey team also was scheduled to report that day.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Monday brought the reveal of the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, which includes Michigan State senior linebacker Antjuan Simmons. The Bednarik Award, now in its 26th year, is given annually to the outstanding defensive player in college football. MSU has never had a player win the award.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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A 6’9” 230 lb Center with a 7’4” wingspan, Sissoko may offer the most exciting combination of motor, power, length, and athleticism of any big man Tom Izzo has ever recruited. Only having played four years of organized basketball, Sissoko finds himself ranked in the top 40 (36th on 247’s national composite) based on the raw physical gifts that will place him in the top 1% of college ready bodies the moment he steps on the floor.

Source: Spartan Hoops

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If Xavier Tillman, Sr. does not return this season Thomas Kithier will certainly have a role in this new edition of Michigan State basketball. The kids have grown up, and all of a sudden Kithier is one of the more veteran players on the roster. A Tom Izzo ball club relies on leadership and knowing your roles, and the veterans, particularly Kithier, will be able to provide this invaluable asset.

Source: Spartan Hoops

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Four months after spring practice was canceled and players and coaches were sent home amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Michigan State football team will be back at work on Monday. The Spartans are scheduled to start the first phase of an extended summer schedule the NCAA approved in June.

Source: mlive.com

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Four decades later, the memory of his first practice against Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a vivid one for Michael Longaker. As a sophomore guard for Michigan State in 1977-78, Longaker was among those tasked with defending the Spartans’ star newcomer. He spent that day exhausting himself while chasing the bigger and more athletic Johnson around Jenison Fieldhouse.

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It’s a moment few sports fans in Michigan will ever forget and one Khari Willis remembers fondly. It was October 17, 2015, at the Big House in Ann Arbor with an estimated 111,740 fans in attendance to see the No. 7-ranked Michigan State Spartans take on the No. 12-ranked Michigan Wolverines in one of the most highly anticipated matchups in the interstate rivalry’s history.

Source: mlive.com

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Coming into his freshman season in 2018, Bingham was a top 75 kid (66th nationally per 247 composite) with the length and ability to impact both sides of the floor. He was seen right from the get-go as an NBA upside player, with the potential to give Michigan State an Adreian Payne type boost of rim protection and three point shooting that had only been seen a handful of times under Izzo’s helm.

Source: Spartan Hoops

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The offensive line has been arguably the most inconsistent and injury-riddled unit for the Michigan State Spartans over the past couple of seasons. The good news is MSU returns an absurd amount of experience in 2020, with 10 players who started at least one game last season.

Source: The Only Colors

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It’s rivalry week here at SB Nation, and in the Great Lakes State, there is only one rivalry that matters: Spartans vs. Wolverines. While this heated rivalry literally spans three centuries and all sports, the most visible way that these two great universities measure themselves is on the gridiron every fall, where they compete for the Paul Bunyan trophy.

Source: The Only Colors

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I’ll never forget the phone call when I told Coach (Tom) Izzo; I will cherish that phone call forever. I told him about two weeks ago and when I did I could definitely feel and imagine his smile through the phone. He was just really excited! I felt so good after making that call. I was really happy with my decision; I know I made the right decision for me.

Source: Sports Illustrated

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With the landing of 2021’s No. 1 shooting guard in the form of five-star, Chicago-bred, Max Christie and the college basketball-altering decision of National Gatorade Player of the Year and highest touted high school prospect since LeBron James, Emoni Bates, in just the matter of a nine-day span, the Spartan’s first commit for their potential 2021 dynasty may have slipped some people’s minds.

Source: The State News

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