Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Player analysis derived from summer basketball, pro-ams included, can be misleading — as in, "That mid-major guy is a certain NBA first-round draft pick." A small sample size is even more likely to deceive. With that read-at-your-own-risk warning submitted for the record, here's a look at what I saw from each Michigan State player taking part in Lansing's Moneyball Pro-Am, which began Tuesday night at Aim High in Diamondale.
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Football freep.com —  If Cook plays like he did last season and everything else goes as expected for MSU without key injuries, the Spartans will have a good or better chance to win 11 of 12 games in the regular season. But if they want to win the Big Ten and get into the second College Football Playoff, he'll have to be at another level for MSU's Nov. 21 game at Ohio State.
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Football freep.com —  MSU only has one player of their 20 commitments rated a two-star recruit and that is Berea (Ohio) linebacker Joe Bachie. That ranking may not last long based on what Rivals analyst Josh Helmholdt saw from the future Spartan at Michigan State's Elite Player Camp.
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Men's Basketball ftw.usatoday.com —  The Golden State Warriors re-signed their free agent forward Draymond Green to a five-year, fully guaranteed deal worth $85 million. Naturally, he called his mother to tell her about it. How did she react? With tears of joy.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For Nairn, the main objective offseason has been building that confidence. After taking two weeks off following the Final Four, Nairn said he spent time in Wichita, Kansas, site of his high school, Sunrise Academy. There, he woke up before 6 a.m. to go to the gym, and wouldn't leave until he made 500 3-pointers. Between his 3-pointer regiment and the various other shots he took, Nairn said he was putting more around 1,000 shots per day. "I was focusing more on one specific thing, and just trying to get better, pushing myself as hard as I can after it," Nairn said.
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Michigan State hockey head coach Tom Anastos announced today (July 2) that former Spartan goaltender Jason Muzzatti has been named the team’s goaltending coach. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the coaching staff at my alma mater,” Muzzatti said. “It’s a very rewarding volunteer opportunity and I look forward to the upcoming season.”
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Football mlive.com —  There might not have been a more confident player on the Michigan State football team at the end of spring drills than Malik McDowell, and defensive line coach Ron Burton is just fine with that. "It's now time for him to go out and dominate, and we're super excited about the opportunity he'll have this fall,'' Burton said. "We expect him to dominate.''
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When he committed to Michigan State last month, five-star guard Joshua Langford said he planned on lending a hand in the Spartans' recruiting efforts. It didn't take him long to follow through on that promise.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Draymond Green announced Wednesday night that he has signed a new contract with the Golden State Warriors. Yahoo! reported the deal is for five years and is worth 85 million dollars.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The year is 1995, Tom Izzo becomes the 16th coach in Michigan State basketball history. He is now the longest tenured coach in the Big Ten and has the most wins as a Michigan State basketball coach. But, what is it that has allowed for Izzo to have so much success in East Lansing?
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Misc. freep.com —  Michigan State University is commemorating 100 years of the MSU Fight Song by inviting participants to send videos of themselves singing the tune and join together as the first-ever Spartan Virtual Choir.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Javon Bess is once again nearing full health from his foot injury, and this time he hopes the nagging ailment will be fully behind him. The Michigan State rising sophomore guard said on Tuesday that he has been out of a protective boot for about a month, and has started running on an anti-gravity treadmill along with doing shooting and ball handling drills. He hopes to be able to do a full workout in two weeks.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  No quarterbacks on the roster (including walk-ons) left after last season. The early retirement and transfer of Joe Boisture due to back issues created the two-year gap between Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook; that gap created problems in 2012 and early 2013 but is paying some dividends now. The willingness of Damion Terry and Tyler O'Connor to wait in the wings has been helpful in terms of depth.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  While Branden Dawson spends the summer trying to prove he has enough of a jumper to make the NBA, Michigan State's newcomer at his position quickly showed he's beginning his college career with it in his arsenal. Deyonta Davis, the Spartans' incoming four-star forward, was one of several Spartans in action on Tuesday night at Aim High Sports on the opening night of the 2015 Moneyball Pro-Am.
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Women's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Mardrekia Cook will have five stars attached to her name heading into her senior girls basketball season. The Muskegon High School forward, already verbally committed to Michigan State University, saw her recruiting ranking recently soar to No. 46 in the nation, which brings her into 5-star status.
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State women’s basketball player Aerial Powers (Detroit, Michigan) and the USA Basketball team will begin play at the 2015 World University games on Saturday, July 4 at 9 p.m. ET (Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. in Korea). The game will be televised on ESPNU.
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Football spartanavenue.com —  Michigan State coach Ken Mannie has played an integral part in the success of Spartans’ football program. Mannie has been apart of the Spartan program for 21 years from Nick Saban to Mark Dantonio. Mannie’s ability to retain his job despite the once caravan of coaches rolling through MSU proves his worth. He is one of the most heralded strength and conditioning coaches in the game and today happens to be his birthday.
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