3 hours ago

There won’t be a Michigan State player selected in tonight’s NBA draft, provided Alvin Ellis doesn’t sweet-talk his way into the second round. Next year, though, the Spartans could have several players chosen — certainly Miles Bridges, possibly Jaren Jackson Jr., perhaps Nick Ward — with a couple of them projected as lottery picks.

Source: Lansing State Journal

13 hours ago

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant all received one-year contract extensions at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting. Izzo and Merchant’s contract was extended through 2024. Hollis said no other adjustments were made in the contracts.

Source: Lansing State Journal

13 hours ago

Gabe Brown had no clue about what was going to take place Saturday when he attended Michigan State’s team basketball camp with his Belleville High teammates. Brown, who will be entering his senior year this fall, was invited to go up to the Michigan State coach’s office to talk with Tom Izzo who had been impressed with his play. He left the office in shock … and with an offer to play for the Spartans on a full-ride scholarship.

Source: Detroit News

20 hours ago

Gabe Brown gave his verbal commitment to Michigan State on Tuesday, becoming the third player in the Spartans’ 2018 class. The Belleville (Mich.) wing picked up the offer from the Spartans on Saturday after a morning game at the Tom Izzo Shooutout, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger on MSU. Brown said he made his decision on Father’s Day and dedicated his commitment to his dad, who always wanted him to be a Spartan but died in May 2016 after suffering previously suffering a stroke.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

24 hours ago

Brown is an important addition for MSU in large part because he plays a position that wasn’t addressed in the 2017 recruiting cycle. With Miles Bridges, Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter coming back — all of whom were expected to be gone this time last year — the Spartans didn’t have as much space or as many needs as anticipated in 2017. That meant the coaching staff was content bringing in a two-man class with Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman, both post players.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 days ago

The Michigan State Spartans have consistently produced quality NBA talent throughout their history, and that trend has certainly continued under head coach Tom Izzo. During that time, the Spartans have produced 18 drafted players since 1996, including ten first round draft picks.

Source: BT Powerhouse

2 days ago

Gabe Brown’s commitment to the Michigan State basketball team appears to have been a long time coming. Brown, a 6-foot-6 forward from Belleville, announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he’ll play for the Spartans in 2018. But those seeds were planted, Brown said in his post, when he was 14 years old and his dad was watching MSU play on the television.

Source: Detroit News

2 days ago

Greg Ianni is MSU’s deputy athletic director and oversees facilities and sports management. He joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today to update progress on some of the construction projects currently underway on campus.

Source: The Spartan Podcast

2 days ago

In the last decade, Michigan State’s athletic department has arguably been as successful as any in the country. Dating back to 2007, many of MSU’s programs have reached the postseason, and three of the big-name programs boast at least one Final Four (men’s basketball, football and hockey). The 2007 hockey team and the 2014 women’s cross country teams brought national titles back to East Lansing.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 days ago

In Major League Baseball, teams can draft players right out of high school. If the player decides he’s better off going to college, he isn’t eligible to be drafted again until after his junior year. For example, Jesse Heikkinen was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the recent MLB Draft, but he announced that he’ll be sticking with his commitment to Michigan State, where he’ll play for at least three years, barring a transfer or something else unforeseen. As the debate continues on what’s best for the NBA and college basketball, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo weighed in on the issue with CBS Sports.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

6 days ago

After a lot of charts, graphs and consideration, when it came right down to it, I really wanted to win. And not many coaches and teams in the country are better at winning games than Tom Izzo and Michigan State. Coach and his staff came to see me last September, right after he’d gotten inducted into the Hall of Fame. Sure, that made an impression but that’s not a reason for a college decision. Truth is, my game matches up with his hard-nosed style. And he’s a winner. I didn’t want to go someplace where I might score 20 points a game and be on a losing team. It just felt like a good fit.

Source: The Players’ Tribune

1 week ago

Tom Izzo believes it’s inevitable that the Big Ten men’s basketball schedule will expand to 20 games from its current 18. “I don’t think there’s any question it’s going to happen – and I’m not overly against it,” Izzo told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

As Michigan State campaigned through the NCAA Tournament bubble last season, Tom Izzo’s stump speech focused mostly on the Spartans’ hellacious non-conference schedule. All these month’s later, next year’s schedule is taking shape. While challenging, it presents a toned down slate with far less travel. Last year’s 13,000 miles of air travel won’t be repeated. The competition, though, will be daunting. Here’s what we know, so far, about Michigan State’s 2017-18 schedule.

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

When Michigan State fans think about rivalries, the first thing opponent that likely comes to mind is Michigan. But this year, MSU will see plenty of Notre Dame in several different sports. Last week, it was announced the Spartans would host the Irish in this year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Irish are also on the schedule for football and are the newest team to join the Big Ten hockey conference. Hosting the Irish in three separate sports feels almost like an in-conference rivalry despite not facing off in a number of years. This season will rekindle the rivalry that was in the national spotlight when the two football programs played the 1966 “Game of the Century.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

This week the fellas interview Andy’s former player Austin Thornton. We talk everything from recruiting to Izzo, Draymond, Bridges and what the future may hold for MSU. Austin also hits on what it was like playing for Andy and what the future may hold as he pursues his dream of coaching in the NBA.  Austin Thornton interview at 30:35.

Source: The Unofficial Visit

2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo said he and Mike Brey had tried to get together a Michigan State-Notre Dame basketball series for years. One thing or another would always would always prevent it. Then Notre Dame joined the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC and Big Ten already had an established partnership. And for the second time in more than 40 years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish will meet on the court.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Fame, and his rise as a worldwide NBA star both hated and loved, became too heavy for Green to bear. So, in August 2016, Green quietly established “Team Draymond” with a long list of influencers to help get his life in order.

Source: The Undefeated

2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo has bounced from the West Coast to the Midwest the past few weeks, following the NBA Finals from San Francisco to Cleveland.The travel allowed him to watch Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, his former star pupil at Michigan State. But Izzo also sees parallels between this Warriors team and what he believes his Spartans can be this winter.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Thanks to the events of April 13, 2017, you can rate his chances as strong to quite strong. On that day, Miles Bridges elected to forgo a likely spot as an NBA Draft lottery pick in favor of returning for his sophomore season in East Lansing. Instantly, Michigan State went from talented and intriguing to overloaded, retaining the alpha dog performer around which it can build a team capable of cutting down the nets in San Antonio.

Source: SI.com

2 weeks ago

Michigan State basketball will enter the 2017-18 season as the Big Ten favorite and one of the top picks to win the National Championship. The Spartans are coming off a 20-15 campaign that ended with a loss to Kansas in the Second round of the NCAA Tournament, but MSU returns a whole lot more than it loses and brings in a couple of freshmen who should contribute right away.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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