Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine is back in Lansing this week, a place where there are no blind turns. The former Michigan State star, albeit for a short bit, is home again. The thing is, though, Valentine is learning that even the most familiar places can feel different when everything else changes. Not long ago, he was a 22-year old college grad. Now he's an NBA player, preparing for a new life in Chicago and the reality of starting all over.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Sports are a never-ending cycle of trying to adapt to the newest most effective strategy, and basketball is a prime example. In the NBA, the three-point shot has gained immense importance and in the NCAA the trend of accepting one-and-done players has branched out from Kentucky to other big schools. That trend found its way to East Lansing for just the second time with Deyonta Davis leaving for the draft following last season, opening up a huge hole down low for the Spartans.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Draymond Green recalls it well. He earned a spot on the 2011 USA Basketball team that competed at the World University Games in China just before his senior season at Michigan State. The team finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record, but he thought his days representing the United States were over. He was wrong. Now he owns an NBA title ring.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Denzel Valentine, selected No. 14 overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2016 NBA draft, holds the championship trophy after leading Chicago to a 7-0 mark in summer-league play. But to Valentine, it’s important every time you lace up the sneakers.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Michigan State has played basketball in a lot of unique venues. It actually has gained some fame for that very reason. And it sounds like it will add another one to the list this season. The Palestra. The Spartans will play Penn State at the famed gym in Philadelphia, according to MLive, which cited unidentified sources. The Jan. 7 contest will be a home game for the home-state Nittany Lions.
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Men's Basketball thegame730am.com —  Draymond Green and his lawyers have agreed to a plea bargain in relation to the assault and battery charge against him.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Kyle Ahrens made a choice last year. A Michigan State freshman, he couldn't bear the thought of sitting out another season and so, with his parents' blessing, he told coach Tom Izzo that he would prefer not to redshirt his first year of college.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Draymond Green has a personal connection to Michigan State’s top-ranked incoming class of basketball freshmen. The Saginaw native, Golden State Warriors star and former MSU standout has had a long relationship with Flint small forward Miles Bridges. And he has known Detroit’s Cassius Winston since the former U-D Jesuit point guard was in the “eighth or ninth grade.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In any other year, Eron Harris would be the guy. He'd be the one kids flocked to on the side of the court at the Moneyball Pro-Am. He'd be the one TV cameras followed and reporters interviewed. A fifth-year senior, Harris is Michigan State's top-returning scorer. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists, and was a starter for a 2015-16 team that ascended to a No. 1 ranking.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  For Denzel Valentine's next trick, he will be trying to guard Klay Thompson or DeMar DeRozan. "I'm right back to it," Valentine said of his spot on the U.S. select team that scrimmages against Team USA this week in preparation for next month's Olympics. "It's a blessing to be invited. It's just giving me confidence that I can play with anyone. I know it's going to be a challenge. Those guys are the best in the world. But I'm excited for it."
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Michigan State basketball had two players drafted and two players signed after the draft to play in the NBA. Three players ended up playing in the NBA Summer League, which allows NBA teams to see what their young talent looks like. Denzel Valentine played for the Chicago Bulls, Matt Costello played for the Atlanta Hawks, and Bryn Forbes played for the San Antonio Spurs. Deyonta Davis was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies, but missed all of the Summer League action due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Let’s take a look at how each of the other three guys fared in their Summer League games.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Nairn is entering his third season at Michigan State. He's the Spartans' projected starter in the backcourt and, with 67 career games played including a 2015 Final Four appearance, is a veteran on a thoroughly inexperienced team.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Yes, Draymond Green has shown contrition for his off-the-court issue. Yes, the past few months have been a learning experience for the Golden State Warriors star forCenter But is there going to be some major attitude adjustment coming on the basketball floor? Don’t hold your breath.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Denzel Valentine has inked his rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls, who took him 14th overall in the recent NBA Draft. Terms of Valentine's contract haven't been reported, but he was slotted to make almost $10 millon over the next four years. Matt Costello signed a deal with the Atlanta Hawks, who will bring him in for training camp after his Summer League showing.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  It wasn’t the greatest debut for a team in The Basketball Tournament. The Spartan Heroes, that were made up predominately Michigan State basketball players and were supposed to be a favorite for the $2 million championship prize, squeaked by Ohio United before being dismantled at the hands of former Marquette players.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  The Clippers have waived forward Branden Dawson. The team announced they were cutting ties with the former Michigan State standout Sunday. Dawson appeared in six games with the Clippers last season, averaging 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds in 4.8 minutes.
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  As long as they “find their niche,” “don’t try to do too much,” and of course, remain healthy, former Michigan State big men should hold their own as pros, says Spartans great Paul Davis, who just finished a successful decade of professional basketball.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It looked impossibly high when he threw it, and if it weren’t for the heavenly athleticism of its intended recipient, the pass would’ve sailed harmlessly out of bounds. Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn knew better. He’d gotten the ball on the break and had sped down the court when he spotted Miles Bridges trailing to his left. He flicked the ball underhanded, a parabolic lob, and as the ball rose so did the crowd in the bleachers at the Moneyball Pro-Am in Dimondale.
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