Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Not only did the Spartans finish at No. 338 nationally in free throw percentage, but they also finished at No. 347 in percent of points off free throws. For a team that not only made the NCAA Tournament, but was consistently one of the top teams in the Big Ten and the country, those are terrible numbers. What’s even more interesting is that Michigan State was actually 5th in the Big Ten in free throw attempts during conference play. The Spartans were at least decent at getting to the line, but they just couldn’t convert once they got there.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Denzel Valentine performed well despite being granted inconsistent playing time during the U.S. team’s five Pan American Games between July 21 and July 25 in Toronto. His experience can improve Valentine’s game and the upcoming Michigan State squad, which Tom Izzo termed “Zel’s team.”
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  After going 6-13 on 3-pointers as a freshman with some good defense in there, he looked to be a potential 3-and-D type wing as a sophomore. However, he suffered an early season injury and Bryn Forbes emerged as a 3 point specialist, and Ellis found himself at the end of the rotation by the season’s end.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  For the first time since Feb. 1, Javon Bess played in a basketball game. Tuesday's Lansing Moneyball Pro-Am game at Aim High in Dimondale didn't have quite the same intensity as Michigan State's overtime home win over Michigan back then, and Bess' Black team lost to the Royal Blue team led by MSU teammates Marvin Clark Jr. and Eron Harris. But it was still gratifying for a guy who has endured two foot surgeries and plenty of rehab and precaution since October.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  If you'd like, Mateen Cleaves will answer questions about his career at Michigan State or the state of the Detroit Pistons or his job as a television studio analyst. He can go off on any of those. But to really have his eyes light up, to see the smile that has nothing on Magic Johnson's, just ask about his real passion – helping kids through basketball.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After weeks of parades, award shows, vacations and more in the afterglow of an NBA title and a new contract, Draymond Green is finally making his way back to Michigan. The former Michigan State star and Saginaw native is scheduled to host a basketball camp and an all-star game next week in Grand Rapids.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Jones, Okafor, Alexander, Lyle, Blackmon! Ulis, Booker, Alexander, Looney, Travis! We’ve been down this road recently, and we’re back. Michigan State is once again eyeing a full class of elite, nationally-acclaimed players to occupy spots in 2016. Nick Ward, Josh Langford, Miles Brides, Cassius Winston, and Josh Jackson are being recruited as a Fa-…Potent Pente? Sensational Cinco? Is "Wonderful Wu" too Ghostface Killah? There’s reason to believe that Coach Izzo might land at least four of his top targets for the 2016 class. A fifth would be major gravy.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  It's still 90 degrees outside in Michigan, but in terms of basketball recruiting, summer is over. This weekend marked the last of four late-summer evaluation periods for basketball recruiting, and Michigan State coaches took full advantage by fanning out across the country to take a last look at several of the prospects on their boards.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Brandon Johns bangs inside, handles the ball like a guard and shows off a soft touch from outside. What stands out the most is, for all his talent, he’s just a freshman.
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Men's Basketball businessinsider.com —  Draymond Green has become the face of the NBA's small-ball craze.
At 6'6", Green became a vital member of the Golden State Warriors championship team, bringing versatility at power forward and center where he could spread the floor, take big men off the dribble, and find open shooters when defenses collapsed on him.
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Men's Basketball onlyfans.cstv.com —  Denzel Valentine came off the bench to contribute 11 points, four rebounds and a block, as the USA stormed back from a 21-point third quarter deficit to claim an 87-82 victory over the Dominican Republic and capture the bronze medal in the Pan American Games Saturday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "Last year, I thought I started out the season pretty strong," Schilling said this week after recording 25 points and 12 rebounds in a Moneyball Pro-Am summer league game. "Throughout the course of the season, I don't know what happened, I kind of regressed a little bit."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine had some third-quarter heroics to put his team in position to advance to a gold medal game, but it wasn't enough as Team USA fell to Canada, 111-108 Friday night in a Pan American games semifinal matchup in Toronto. Valentine recorded 9 of his 11 points during a 61-second stretch late in the third quarter.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Denzel Valentine played 2:38 and did not record a point, assist or rebound. He didn't even attempt a shot.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Bridges says he receives up to 25-30 calls and text messages per day, in addition to his personal contacts. A legion of high-major NCAA coaches seems to have no problem logging in overtime hours, trying to reel the high-flying, 6-foot-7 forward into their program.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Team USA was rolling from the start Wednesday night in a 102-70 win over Puerto Rico, and this time Denzel Valentine played a key role. The Michigan State guard scored 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting as Team USA improved to 2-0 in the tournament. He also recorded four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 17:33 of playing time.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The 6-foot-10 incoming freshman big man is garnering plenty of attention for his play in open gyms and Michigan State summer practices. "He's a very athletic, skilled big man. Michigan State is going to love having him," Michigan State forward Matt Costello said this week on WQTX. "He's a very good kid with a very good heart. A little quiet, but once you get him to open up, he's extremely nice and a good kid."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine logged just 3:40 of playing time in the Tuesday night contest in Toronto. He went 0-for-2 from the field with one rebound and two fouls.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  His mother, Cynthia Bridges, said she’s making her son stay put in Huntington, W. Va. at Huntington Prep High School. Bridges was rumored to be making a local return to possibly Flint Powers Catholic or Carman-Ainsworth High School this season and he could’ve been eligible immediately, according to MHSAA rules, but his family doesn’t have a problem with him staying away. “Because of the trouble here and killings, I just don’t want him involved with anything like that … I want him to stay focused on his grades,” said Cynthia Bridges, Miles’ mom.
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Men's Basketball foxsports.com —  Adreian Payne has the tools to be a special NBA player. He's huge (6'10", 245 pounds), physical and can shoot from outside. Not many have that skill-set, but his rookie season was ultimately a bit of a disappointment. Payne barely shot over 40 percent from the floor in 29 games with the Minnesota Timberwolves after they traded a lottery-protected future first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for him. But Kyle Ratke of Timberwolves.com believes Payne is due for a bounce-back year.
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