Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Thomas Kithier took the trip from Macomb to East Lansing on Tuesday, a simple recruiting visit to Michigan State was the only matter of business. Tour around. Watch some practice. Talk to coaches. The norm. Looking around, though, Kithier realized that he was where he wanted to be.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  As the final seconds ticked away on the 14th Moneyball Pro-Am championship, Miles Bridges tried twice at a crowd-pleasing through the legs dunk, making the second one. That’s what fans came to see all summer. The McDonald’s All-American and incoming Michigan State freshman treated them to his high-wire act week after week.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Izzo said, despite everything that has happened to the power forward, he still remains in Green’s corner and will help in times of need. “One of the best kids I’ve ever coached,” Izzo said. “The guy would take a bullet for me tomorrow, and I would do the same for him.”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Go back a couple months and the Draymond Green story is one of inspiration, of a four-year college player and second-round NBA pick with a championship ring, All-Star appearance, enormous contract and community-service award to his name. Throw in some groin shots (actual and pictorial) and a late-night scuffle and the story changes. Of course, the guy living that story can always think back to five years ago when NBA success and a spot in the Olympics would have been laughable suggestions.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Kithier is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound three-star forward who ranks 123rd in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He's the No. 29 power forward in the country and the fourth overall player in the state of Michigan.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Often entangled in transfer rumors the last two years in East Lansing, Ellis paid close attention to teammates Denzel Valentine, Matt Costello and Bryn Forbes at the mid-season mark of 2015-16. He saw seniors trying to pull and tug the remaining branches of their legacies. As those on the outside wondered if Ellis would leave, he used the fading days of Valentine, Costello and Forbes as motivation to sit firm and change his own story.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  By now, Miles Bridges has figured out that he’s a big draw at Lansing’s Moneyball Pro-Am summer basketball league. The packed bleachers every Tuesday and Thursday at Aim High in Dimondale, the trail of kids following him off the court for autographs (sometimes at halftime) — there are obvious signs of Bridges’ sizable celebrity around these parts. “After the games, I realize it,” the heralded MSU freshman said Tuesday.
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Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  The Los Angeles Clippers continued their bench remodeling Tuesday, adding veteran wing Alan Anderson to the mix on a veteran-minimum deal, as the Orange County Register reported.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  He isn't the flashiest player. He also doesn't put up the greatest numbers. But in a year where the Michigan State basketball team is losing quite a bit, no player will mean more to the 2016-17 Spartans than Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Tom Crawford talk with Nick Ward, MSU freshman basketball center and surprising performer in Moneyball 201
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Tom Crawford talk with Marcus Taylor, Waverly High and MSU two-year point guard, just the second player to lead the Big Ten in scoring and rebounding and 2016 MHSAA team inductee.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico beard talk with Joshua Langford, MSU freshman basketball guard and Alabama's gift to East Lansing, arguably
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Marcus Taylor’s life is not a great American tragedy. He wanted to make sure that came across Wednesday at the end of an hour-long interview. He does understand, though, that his is a quintessential story of what might have been. He was a childhood basketball legend — that's perhaps an understatement — who fell short of his dreams and expectations. Then, to a world that once followed his every move, he disappeared.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Bryn Forbes admits that all shooters get caught up in thinking that the next shot has to fall. Regardless of how many drop, regardless of how many go in, it's all about the next one. That's the only one that matters.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The city of Hunstville, Alabama, is tucked in along the Tennessee River, just south of the state line and about 100 miles north of Birmingham. It's a town that ambles along at a southern pace. There are neighborhoods and a downtown and some of the finest antebellum homes in the country. So, yes, it's curious to hear Josh Langford say, "There's really not that big of a difference here."
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Atlanta Hawks are giving Matt Costello a chance to live out his NBA dream. After the former Michigan State Spartans big man didn't hear his name called during the 2016 NBA Draft, Costello agreed to join the Hawks' summer league team, where he made a great impression on the team. That earned him a contract with the Hawks, which the team announced had been signed on Tuesday.
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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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