Matt McQuaid dribbled to the wing where he was faced up against Michigan State teammate Kenny Goins, who stood a few feet off of him. Typically, McQuaid might have hoisted the 3-pointer. But in the Moneyball Pro-Am game Thursday at Aim High Sports, his jumper had been struggling. So instead, he crossed over to his right and drove to the basket for a nifty up-and-under layup.
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According to Zach Lowe, a senior writer at ESPN, former Michigan State basketball favorite, Matt Costello, has earned himself a contract with a top-tier NBA team — the San Antonio Spurs. Costello will sign a two-way deal with the organization. This is a new collective bargaining agreement. Each NBA team is allowed two additional short-term roster spots this season. Costello can spend up to 45 days on the NBA roster, but will spend the majority of his season in the NBA G-League.
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On Wednesday, CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander published his list of ‘The top 25 college basketball players with something to prove this season,’ with an emphasis on under-the-radar players who will have breakout seasons. On the list: Winston.
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You can almost hear it in his voice, and more importantly, you can see it on the court. Joshua Langford is a different player than he was a year ago. The former McDonald’s All-American is preparing for his sophomore season at Michigan State by torching the competition at the Moneyball Pro-Am, far from a true indicator of what will come this season for the Spartans but certainly an indication of one thing — a healthy Langford is a much more confident Langford. “I’m pretty excited,” Langford said last week before going for 37 points in one of his many shooting displays this summer. “It’s better to play uninjured than injured, so I’m excited.
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Michigan State entered the 2013-14 season with extremely high expectations as one of the picks to win it all. With that being said, the incoming recruiting class was not expected to make a big splash right away. However, as the years went one each player made some form of impact and while it wasn’t a dominant class it had it’s bright spots. And there’s still time for it to improve its stock with one player from the class still on the roster.
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It’s the middle of the week, so everyone could use a little bit of a lift. Despite still being months away from anything resembling MSU basketball, the Spartans were all over the court at the Moneyball ProAm.
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Each year, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan honors the state’s top senior with the Mr. Basketball award. Although there are a lot of players that will be fighting for that award this coming winter, there is one player that, if he wanted to, could take on Mr. Basketball as his own nickname. That player is Clarkston point guard Foster Loyer.
Deyonta Davis has moved on from NBA draft night 2016. The former Muskegon and Michigan State standout, who many thought was a late lottery pick, fell to the first pick of the second round. More than a year later, he appears poised to earn a rotation spot with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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A basketball player herself, Nicolette Simpson was overjoyed when new and returning Michigan State University basketball players visited her hospital room on July 18. The 13-year-old Spartan fan has been in and out of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for about four months for the treatment of various auto immune diseases. She will go into surgery later this week, she said, but meeting some of her heroes definitely made her hospital visit more enjoyable.
Foster Loyer is in control when he’s on the basketball court, and the 2018 Michigan State commit likes to think he has the game of a well-rounded point guard. He put that on display last week for All Ohio Red at Peach Jam in Georgia in the Nike EYBL’s championship event. Loyer averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds in five games. The 6-foot point guard did most of his damage on offense from the outside, as 33 of his 43 shot attempts were 3-pointers. He shot 39.4 percent from distance and was his usual ultra-efficient self at the free throw line, going 19-for-20.
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Bryn Forbes made a name for himself in two seasons at Michigan State because of his ability to shoot. Now, he’s making name for himself during the NBA’s summer-league circuit as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
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Talen Horton-Tucker’s list of scholarship offers expanded to more than a dozen as two schools joined the mix on Monday.Michigan State was one of them. Horton-Tucker, a 2018 small forward from Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, announced via Twitter on Monday night that he received an offer from Michigan State, followed by one from Florida State. He now has 13 total offers, per 247Sports, including Northwestern, Illinois and Ohio State.
Matt Costello can rebound with the best of ’em.In fact, in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, nobody did it better. The former Bay City Western and Michigan State University standout pulled down 12.3 rebounds per game while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summertime showcase, tops among all players competing in the Las Vegas event.
Rod and Sam are here to wax nostalgic about Tom Izzo’s greatest team, the 2000 National Champions. We went back and watched the last four games of MSU’s tournament run to see what this team was really like and break down what made them so special
Bryn Forbes overcame both personal and athletic obstacles in an improbable quest to land a full-time roster spot on the Spurs. But will this Vegas fling make it through the new year?
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The Spartans are led by Bridges, but look closer and you’ll see one of the strongest sophomore classes in America. Ward, Cassius Winston and Josh Langford are back, and they comprised Izzo’s highest-rated class ever, according to 247 Sports. Add Matt McQuaid as a deep-threat shooter plus Ben Carter and Gavin Schilling in the frontcourt — after both sat out last season because of injuries — and the Spartans are No. 3 in our offseason Top 25 (and one).
If you take away his name, high school picture and change his class to 2017, a lot of people would be hyped for Matt McQuaid for the upcoming season. He’s a 6-foot-4 guard that can shoot and “make a play for a teammate when he draws multiple defenders.”
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Just over a year ago, Gabe Brown contemplated giving up basketball for good. Yet, just over a year later, Brown has blossomed into one of the top high school basketball players in the state and is committed to Michigan State’s 2018 class. The night and day transition for Brown over the course of the last year is inspiring as he has elevated himself in the face of tragedy. His quest to become a great basketball player is his own. His quest to be a Spartan was for his father.
By next June, there’s a decent chance Jaren Jackson Jr. will be a lottery pick in the NBA Draft. On Thursday night at the Moneyball Pro-Am at Aim High Sports, the incoming Michigan State freshman was simply that — a freshman being shown a thing or two by a guy who knows a little about being a highly touted freshman.
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With only a couple short breaks to rest during his second 32 minutes of basketball in less than 14 hours, point guard and Michigan State recruit Foster Loyer scored 15 points, hit three times from 3-point range, handed out four assists and directed his team to a 17-point victory in a pool-play game at the 2017 Nike EYBL Peach Jam. All this looked like it might present a bit of a problem for his father.
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