Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  The Michigan State men's basketball team is losing two valuable starters in seniors Branden Dawson and Travis Trice from last season's Final Four team. But, in addition to one of the nation's top incoming recruiting classes, ESPN's John Gasaway says the Spartans also will boast one of the top players in the country. Michigan State senior-to-be Denzel Valentine is ranked No. 22 in Gasaway's top 26 basketball players for the 2015-16 season.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  How about Michigan State vs. Florida at the Breslin Center? A home-and-home series between MSU and Florida is in the works, ESPN's Andy Katz reported today, and he said it would involve games in East Lansing next season and Gainesville, Fla., the following season, "if they can get the deal done."
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Harris only played two years for Izzo, making him the first player that left early to make this list. Despite possibly being the most talented basketball player Izzo has had, he didn’t spend enough time in East Lansing to be higher on this list. Could you imagine the possibilities if he hung around for last season? Though his time under Izzo was short-lived, he made an impact from the second he stepped on campus.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  For college basketball coaches, there's little time to celebrate a Final Four run. Within a week of Michigan State's trip to Indianapolis in early April, its coaching staff was back on the recruiting trail. And in the last month, the Spartans have put out three reported offers to class of 2017 players, prospects who just finished their sophomore years in high school.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is winning again. He leads a group of 10 coaches participating in an online auction fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  If Michigan State can make a return trip to the Final Four in 2016, the run won't come with nearly as much surprise as the Spartans' 2015 run. The Spartans have 10/1 odds to win the 2016 national championship, according to recently released odds by the sportsbook Bovada, making them among offseason favorites to win the crown.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  The latest to offer praise for the Spartans was Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman after the Vikings selected Trae Waynes on Thursday night. “It’s an advantage when you get a guy from Michigan State,” Spielman said, “especially in our situation, on a defensive side, that it’s going to be well-coached coming out. “Not that all these kids coming out aren’t well coached, but at Michigan State, they do an exceptional job with their kids.”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  State is ranked 12th on Eamonn Brennan's Revised Way-Too-Early Top 25 for 2015-16 at ESPN.com. Brennan writes: "No team has risen higher in our rankings than Tom Izzo's Spartans, who checked in at No. 24 on April 7. What happened?
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Throughout his career, he was mostly playing at shooting guard, helping the Spartans opposite a high-scoring point option in Drew Neitzel or Kalin Lucas. During his freshman, sophomore and senior seasons he was also pulling double-duty as the second point guard.
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  In his sophomore year of high school, Russell Byrd had offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and plenty of others to play basketball. He chose MSU and entered as the 20th ranked player at his position. Byrd was back in East Lansing to train for the NBA Draft, according to the sports agency representing him.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "It felt like home, and I just really loved it there,'' Ward told MLive on Wednesday night. "When they played Duke, I knew. I saw where I could help them out and where I could fit in."
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Less than three weeks after Michigan State picked up a commitment from Indiana big man Caleb Swanigan, they received another commitment from 4 star Ohio big man Nick Ward. Ward is currently ranked #47 by ESPN, #68 by 247Sports, #69 by Rivals, and #72 by Scout.
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Men's Basketball collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com —  The spring has been good to Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo from a recruiting standpoint. Earlier month five-star prospect Caleb Swanigan made his pledge, and on Wednesday the Spartans received their first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016. Nick Ward, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Gahanna, Ohio, announced via Twitter that he’s committed to Michigan State.
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Men's Basketball netsdaily.com —  A decade ago the North Carolina Tar Heels emerged as the 2005 men’s basketball national champions for a fourth time, defeating a Deron Williams led Illinois team in the final 75-70. In the Semifinals they easily dispatched Tom Izzo’s Michigan State squad, whose best players were Maurice Ager, Shannon Brown and senior Alan Anderson.
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Men's Basketball btpowerhouse.com —  Spartans coach Tom Izzo capped his 2015 Recruiting Class with a package deal in Caleb Swanigan and Deyonta Davis. There is a good chance that AAU teammates Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston may follow suit in 2016.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  It’s Valentine’s senior year and he showed great improvements from his Sophomore to Junior campaigns. He shot just under 42 percent from the three point line and averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. If the Spartans want to climb back into the top ten and make a deep tournament run once again, consistency from their studs is imperative.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  "I'm 100 percent," Swanigan said Tuesday of his commitment to the Spartans. Still, MSU coach Tom Izzo can't publicly discuss the 6-foot-8, 260-pound McDonald's All-American or what he could bring to the team in 2015-16 because Swanigan has not yet signed his National Letter of Intent. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about committed prospects until they send their LOI, a binding agreement.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Gavin Schilling recently had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Michigan State announced on Saturday. The procedure is expected to keep him off the basketball court for two weeks.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  NBA's Western Conference semifinals could see a matchup of MSU products at power forward with Draymond Green and Zach Randolph
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Players of the future and past will also be on hand, such as 2015 QB signee Brian Lewerke from Phoenix along with 2013 first-team All-American and Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard.
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