Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Neitzel came in as a distributor for Tom Izzo’s team. Though his game would change over his time at Michigan State, it doesn’t mean it was worse early on. Despite averaging 3.5 points per game, he ranked second on the team in assists, dishing out 2.9 dimes per contest. Eventually, he bumped an inconsistent Chris Hill as a starter so the Spartans had a floor general to go with a lineup that consisted of talented players such as Shannon Brown, Paul Davis, Maurice Ager, Kelvin Torbert, and Alan Anderson. His play was far from exciting, but his consistency in that role allowed him to make the Big Ten All-Freshmen Team.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Draymond Green was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team. Green (Saginaw), who played at MSU from 2008-12, trailed only Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio in voting.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Smith peaked as a sophomore in East Lansing. His second season was the first of three times being named third-team All-Big Ten. He averaged 8.5 points per game, while leading the Big Ten in rebounding with 10.6 boards per contest.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Will Michigan State fill its last 2015 scholarship? Are Cassius Winston and Miles Bridges going to join Nick Ward as part of the 2016 class? Who is going to meet the need for wings in 2017? Spring brings many questions for MSU basketball recruiting!
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Payne came in as a freshman providing very little for the Spartans off the bench. Only averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game, the 6’10” big man camped out around the rim, as his game wasn’t fully developed yet. With averaging just nine minutes per contest, people were not sure what to expect from Payne as of yet, as he was very inconsistent.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The leading scorer off the bench for Izzo during the 2002-03 season as a freshman, Ager took his time developing his game, excelling as a role player. He averaged 6.7 points per game, doing a lot of his damage as a three point shooter. During that first season, he finished the season with 29 makes behind the long line, which at the time ranked fourth all-time for Michigan State freshmen. From the Big Ten tournament through the NCAA tournament, he tied for the team lead in scoring (11 ppg) during the postseason.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has for years been among those publicly advocating for a 30-second shot clock in college basketball. But now that the change seems imminent, he doesn't see the switch having a large impact on the game.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  None of Michigan's once-fertile basketball grounds are close to producing the players they used to. The reasons can be debated, though some are in plain sight. The data isn't debatable.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Branden Dawson entered the media room after a 5-on-5 scrimmage at the NBA draft combine with the mind-set of a veteran. He let another younger, more anxious player try to rush to get to do interviews while he waited patiently, showing some of the savvy gained in his four seasons at Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Checking out how Dawson's stock is looking after the NBA Draft Combine that took place on May 14-15
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  After two years at West Virginia, Eron Harris decided that he needed a change of venue. He then decided that he might be a great fit for Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans.
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Men's Basketball wlns.com —  He told 6 Sports anchor Kevin Gehl the change is no big deal to him. “We have the slowest game in the world when you think about European, NBA, women’s game. They all have 30 second or less shot clocks and ours is 35. It’s not a monstrous deal to me but I think any time you can speed up the game, more excitement, all those things, I think it benefits.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After struggling to find his shot on the first day of the NBA combine, former Michigan State forward Branden Dawson more than held his own on day two. Dawson scored 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting, along with a 3 for 4 free throw performance in his Friday scrimmage at the annual predraft event in Chicago. He added five rebounds.
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Men's Basketball spartanpodcast.com —  “I’m a national motivational speaker for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights,” Anthony Ianni tells Bill Beekman and Mark Hollis on MSU Today.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Just getting an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine isn't the objective, but for Branden Dawson, it was a pleasant start. "When they emailed me to say that I was picked, I was chosen, it was just great," the former Michigan State standout said Thursday. "It put a huge smile on my face and I definitely want to take advantage of every situation."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  If former Michigan State forward Branden Dawson went to this week's NBA draft combine hoping to display his shooting ability, he's off to a rough start.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  An immediate contributor for the Spartans, Hutson started 26 of 30 games for Izzo as a freshman. He scored 7.5 points per contest, finishing sixth on the team in points. He also snagged 5.2 rebounds per game, which put him behind only Antonio Smith. From the start, his efficiency is what was typically underrated by the Spartan faithful, as he never forced his game, but shot 61.3% from the field.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Branden Dawson has two sources of inspiration as he pursues his dream of becoming a professional basketball player. One is his former coach, Tom Izzo, who made his way to watch Dawson compete in a 5-on-5 scrimmage at the NBA draft combine Thursday. The other comes when he watches his former MSU teammate, Draymond Green, star for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoffs.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  After playing both forward positions at Michigan State in four seasons, Branden Dawson is making another shift. Measured at 6-foot-51/2 without shoes at the NBA combine Thursday, Dawson is more of a fit at the small forward position than power forward. But his skill-set, without a reliable 3-point shot, will need more work if he is looking to make a successful transition.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Veteran Louisville coach Rick Pitino thought his team was headed for an ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup at Ohio State. So in preparation, he asked his son, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, how tough it is to win a game at Value City Arena in Columbus. "He said 'Here's the toughest, the two toughest ones are Michigan State one and Indiana two," Rick Pitino said of his son's response in an interview
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