Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Everything is coming alive with the start of football season and that's a great time to also talk about the future of basketball. Michigan State is trying to finalize their 2015 class and has a number of important visitors set to come in this fall. We'll update that and talk about 2016 & 2017 as well.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Sometimes, when a story connects with someone, they just feel the need to reach out. That was the case with Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo about how the wife of Matt Kuchar's caddie, Lance Bennett, unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. According to multiple PGA Tour caddies working at the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston, Izzo learned that Lance Bennett was a huge Spartan basketball fan and went on a mission to contact him.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Alvin Ellis III averaged all of 7.9 minutes and 1.9 points per game during his freshman year at Michigan State. Today, he's preparing for his sophomore year with the Spartans, who will absolutely need every bit the 6'4", 195-pound shooter out of Chicagoland has to offer. Here's a hint: It's much more than a shade under eight and two per outing.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  By sheer fact of personnel attrition, Dawson now inherits the go-to mantle on a team that, at its best, could spread the ball between at least three reliable one-on-one scorers last season. Meanwhile, the team around him now is totally different. Trice and Valentine will take the backcourt responsibilities, and Costello will likely take over a primary frontcourt role.
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Men's Basketball collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com —  During this spring/summer power forward Henry Ellenson cemented his status as one of the top players in the Class of 2015, performing well on the grassroots/individual skills camp circuits while also winning a gold medal with the United States U17 team at the FIBA U17 World Championships. Wednesday night it was reported by multiple outlets that Ellenson has narrowed his list to three schools: Kentucky, Marquette and Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  The Miami Heat have signed veteran free agent Shannon Brown, his agency announced on Wednesday. The combo guard's contract is for one year and $1.3 million, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After four years in East Lansing, Keenan Wetzel finally got his signing day. The senior basketball player, who has been a walk-on for the past three seasons, has been awarded a scholarship for the 2014-15 season, he announced Monday afternoon on his Instagram page.
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Men's Basketball athensohiotoday.com —  Kenny Kaminski, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has enrolled at Ohio University for the fall semester and will be joining the men’s basketball team as a scholarship player.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  We may be five days from the start of football season. But we're also 82 days from the start of basketball season. And with the recent release of Michigan State's 2014-15 schedule, there's plenty to discuss. Here are five observations about Michigan State's 2014-15 schedule
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Men's Basketball upsidemotor.com —  If Dawson can develop a mid-range jumper and refine his handles, he could fit in an NBA offense. He’s quick enough to blow by his man and get to the rim for a high-percentage look if he can learn how to be efficient with his dribble. If he can prove that he can penetrate and get to the rim with regularity, then his man will be forced to play off him and give him space. That’s where his jump shot factors in.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  The Michigan State men's basketball schedule was announced on Thursday. The Spartans will face a schedule that includes 13 opponents that appeared in the 2014 postseason, play six of their first eight games away from East Lansing, and make trips to Rutgers and Maryland in their inaugural year of Big Ten basketball, while hosting Maryland in the first ever Big Ten game for the Terrapins. Game times and television networks for Big Ten contests and selected non-conference games will be announced at a later date.
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Men's Basketball sbnation.com —  The Spartans lost a lot of talent from a 29-win team a year ago, but with tons of shooting and a star forward in Branden Dawson, the rebuilding year shouldn't be too painful.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  One look at the game and the frame of Caleb Swanigan, and it’s tough to shy away from the comparison. Swanigan, a standout power forward at Homestead High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind., does things offensively that a player listed at 6-feet-8 and 280 pounds shouldn’t be able to do. And he’s doing it less than an hour up the road from where one of the most versatile big men in basketball burst onto the scene about 15 years ago.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Tickets for the 2014 Orlando Classic, held annually on Thanksgiving weekend and now in its ninth year, will go on sale Friday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. ET. The Orlando Classic will begin Thursday, Nov. 27 and continue on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30, from HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Adreian Payne returns to Lansing next week and stands in front of a gym full of young basketball hopefuls, he hopes his own basketball story resonates. Payne, who didn’t start playing basketball until eighth grade and developed into an NBA prospect during his four-year career in East Lansing, is hosting the first Adreian Payne Youth Basketball Camp in the town that was his home for the last four years. And if some of the campers feel like they aren’t natural-born basketball superstars, Payne will be there to give them hope.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State junior guard Bryn Forbes has been granted an NCAA waiver and is eligible to play for the Spartans in the upcoming 2014-15 season. A native of Lansing, Michigan, Forbes will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after transferring from Cleveland State to Michigan State in June.
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Men's Basketball atlanta.cbslocal.com —  If only he can stay healthy, we may actually witness the promises fulfilled by Spartans head coach Tom Izzo, quoting “BJ” has yet to scratch the surface of his maximum potential and could do more than just show flashes of production but must stay off the sidelines in street clothes and off the IR.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  In order for the Spartans to thrive, they must come together and toe the company line for coach Tom Izzo, whose system will likely be the deciding factor this season—not the amount of pure talent at his disposal. He lost a lot of that when Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Gary Harris moved on to the next phase of their careers and lives. Of course, Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice and Matt Costello will be important and assist in keeping the ship afloat; one of them will likely be the team’s MVP.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State’s fall semester is just eight days away, but the Spartan basketball team could still be looking to add a player before then. Ray Kasongo, a Class of 2014 power forward, plans to visit East Lansing Wednesday, according to reports from Zagsblog and 247sports.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  After two years of recruiting classes ranked outside the top 40 in the country, Michigan State has the beginnings of a class that could be ranked as one of the tops in the nation.
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