Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  If it's up to Shaquille O'Neal, his son will play college basketball for LSU's Johnny Jones, Michigan State's Tom Izzo or Kentucky's John Calipari. During his weekly podcast, O'Neal said he wants Shareef O'Neal (ranked 51st in the 2018 class per RecruitingNation) to play for coaches who can help him reach the NBA and develop more discipline.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  For a young, athletic big man that is a multi-year project, however, the Grizzlies are an amazing fit. Big men Marc Gasol and former Spartan one-and-done Zach Randolph are both past their primes and getting older. Eventually, the core of the grit-grind system they run in Memphis will turn over. Davis, who has potential as a power forward or a center -- he can guard smaller players with his athleticism and is poised to become one of the best shot blockers in the game -- will finally give the Grizzlies a play style that fits the current landscape of the NBA.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Just before basketball recruiting picks up again with the July evaluation periods, Michigan State is getting closer to landing its first 2017 recruit. The Spartans are among six finalists for the services of five-star Illinois power forward Jeremiah Tilmon, according to a report from ESPN.
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Men's Basketball impact89fm.org —  Eron Harris underwent a complete and total transformation as a basketball player from 2014 to 2016. When he was at West Virginia for the first two years, he was a scoring machine with little regard for defense. Team basketball wasn’t a priority, but getting buckets was. Anyone who follows Michigan State basketball knows that style doesn’t fly with Coach Izzo.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Davis brings a lot more to the table than what was displayed during his only season in East Lansing. Obviously his length and athleticism makes him a premier shot-blocker as he set Michigan State’s freshman record with a team-leading 64 blocks last year.
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Men's Basketball thesportsbank.net —  It was #DenzelValentinesDay at Chicago Bulls headquarters on Monday. Denzel Valentine, the last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, by the Chicago Bulls at #14, was unveiled to the local media for some Q&A. Zel will wear #45 with the Bulls, the same number that both he and his Dad wore at Michigan State. It’s also the same number that Michael Jordan briefly wore in 1994 during the first season of his historic comeback.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Fred Heumann talk with Bryn Forbes, Lansing Sexton High standout, MSU basketball sharpshooter, record-setting three-point marksman and free agent with the San Antonio Spurs



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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Denzel Valentine is a great fit on the Bulls. Not only is he a versatile player that can fit pretty much anywhere you put him, but he's filling a need for the Bulls. Just days before the draft, the Bulls shipped Chicago legend Derrick Rose to the Knicks along with shooting guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick for Robin Lopez and point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Playing for the hometown team seems to be what every kid grows up wishing for. Denzel Valentine wanted to play for the Detroit Pistons, but got drafted by the Chicago Bulls. One former Spartan who has been off the radar for some time is big man Derrick Nix. According to reports, he will be playing NBA Summer League ball with the Detroit Pistons, looking to earn a spot on Stan Van Gundy’s roster.
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Men's Basketball patrickhayes.net —  Deyonta Davis is an athletic-as-hell, fast, 7-foot-tall, 19-year-old whose greatest basketball skills are catching and finishing around the basket, blocking shots and running the floor in a way that looks more like a wing than a big. Davis played one season of college basketball for one of the best (uh … regular season, anyway) teams in the NCAA.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  He thought he was good enough to play in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies agreed and traded for his rights after the Boston Celtics took him with the first pick of Round 2. He will get paid. He will have a chance to make the roster. He will be playing alongside former Spartan Zach Randolph, who also left East Lansing after his freshman year.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  As Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg spoke to reporters Monday, Denzel Valentine sat next to him watching him closely, differently than he does people he already knows. It was as if he was learning Hoiberg, figuring out his new coach, the man who will decide his playing time and earliest NBA opportunities. It’s a new beginning for Valentine. And a restart for the Bulls, too.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  Surely Valentine doesn’t mind being mistaken for one of the most famous and beloved actors out there, but have you ever wondered if Washington minds it? Well, TMZ Sports caught up with the actor and asked him if he knew Denzel Valentine and if he was a fan of the former Spartan. To the shock and amazement of just about everyone, Washington said that he was a fan and he’s ‘tracked down’ Valentine because “how many Denzels do you get a chance to meet?”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Big Ten and NBA champion. All-Star. Draymond Green can now add Olympian to his growing resume. The former Michigan State and Golden State Warriors star officially was added to the U.S. men’s basketball national team for the Olympics in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. He is coach Tom Izzo's first Olympian and will be the third Spartan alum to play in the Summer Games, joining Magic Johnson in 1992 and Steve Smith in 2000.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State has had only one injury through the first three months of its offseason, and Tom Izzo has been pleased with his team's progression through the summer. "It's been all good," Izzo said on Friday. "Can't say there's been any negatives. Everything's been positive now as far as our guys go."
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Men's Basketball chicagotribune.com —  Granted, Tom Izzo is biased when it comes to Denzel Valentine. But the decorated Michigan State coach sounded like one of the architects of the Bulls' efforts to retool or rebuild or whatever you want to call it when asked to name Valentine's biggest transferable skill from college to the NBA game. "He's so multidimensional," Izzo said in an interview. "He can play so many different positions and styles."
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Thursday night, Tom Izzo consoled Deyonta Davis on the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Friday morning, Michigan State’s coach called his four-player freshman class into his office to caution them about believing mock drafts and online pundits.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In his way-too-early 2017 NBA mock draft, CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie lists his top 30 prospects and has Bridges 16th to the Washington Wizards. "Bridges is an elite power athlete who is heading to the perfect situation at Michigan State," Vecenie writes. "His tough game should blossom under Tom Izzo, and as long as he can get a jump shot down there's a lot to like about his versatility in the modern NBA." DraftExpress has Bridges as its No.19 prospect.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The Michigan State basketball team is coming off of a season in which they know they should’ve done better, but now is the time to recruit the talent to get better. The Spartans are bringing in arguably their best recruiting class in the Tom Izzo era, but looking ahead to 2017, the Spartans could get even more young talent to add to the roster. Here are three 2017 recruits the Spartans would love to land.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  "He's going to have a role," Bulls GM Gar Forman said on ESPN 1000's post-draft show on Thursday night. "He's a guy who makes his teammates better because of his ability to pass and his understanding of the game. I think he's a guy who can play the system Fred wants to play with some pace. So where he plays, exactly where he fits, some of that will be worked out. But we're pretty confident he is going to fit."
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