Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Gary Harris was instructed by Michigan State coach Tom Izzo throughout last season to be more assertive and take over games. Harris struggled with that concept at times with the Spartans, in part because he was often double teamed. Harris has not been shy about getting his shot off in the NBA summer league, however, as the departed Spartans' MVP maintained good shot volume for the Denver Nuggets even when his shot wasn't falling.
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  There aren’t many high school seniors-to-be who’ve had the late spring/early summer Deyonta Davis has had. Davis, a 6-foot-10 center/forward who led the Muskegon boys basketball team to the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A state title and a perfect record this past winter, has traveled all across the United States playing hoops against some of the nation’s best players.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Adreian Payne stepped up when the Atlanta Hawks needed in NBA Summer League action on Thursday, scoring 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead his team to an 88-65 victory over Portland in the league tourney.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I"m a little more optimistic with not only how good we can be,'' Izzo said, "but also, our ability to compete for a championship.'' The way the Spartans' returning players and newcomers have been working have everything to do with Izzo's optimism.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  There is no question that Michigan State will be looking for sources of offense considering all the firepower it just lost. The most likely candidates to pick up the slack will be Branden Dawson, Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice–but don’t be surprised if Kenny Kaminski carves out a bigger offensive role than expected.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Draymond Green and Denzel Valentine put on a show in Tuesday night's "Moneyball" summer league action at the Aim High facility just outside of Lansing city limits. The former Spartan great and rising Spartan star went out of their way to drive on and defend one another, much to the delight of the hundreds in attendance who receive free admission each Tuesday and Thursday night.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Adreian Payne and Gary Harris continued to have mixed results on Wednesday night as they transition to the professional ranks playing in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The state of Michigan landed two coaches in the Sporting News' top 25 active coaches among the six major sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, college hoops). Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo ranks No. 11.

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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Michigan State senior swingman Branden Dawson is predicted to be one of the 10 'most productive performers' in college basketball this season, according to ESPN's John Gasaway.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Former Michigan State point guard Keith Appling saw his first playing time in the NBA summer league after signing with Portland as a free agent in a game against the Atlanta Hawks and former teammate Adreian Payne. Meanwhile, former Spartans' 2013-14 team MVP Gary Harris led the Denver Nuggets in scoring for the second time in three summer games in the Las Vegas league, albeit, on an off-shooting night.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The transfer who might play right away might be better off sitting out a year. The one who will sit for sure is happy about it, but there’s little doubt he’d help Michigan State right now. All three incoming freshmen could be assets for the retooled 2014-15 Spartans to varying degrees. And Denzel Valentine has them all pegged.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It's a little too early to suggest Michigan State running back commit Larry Scott will be the next Adrian Peterson. But his high school coach, Brian Hoffman of Hubbard High in Northeast Ohio, would agree that Scott's running style resembles that of the star Minnesota Vikings tailback.
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Men's Basketball cbssports.com —  The Brooklyn Nets have re-signed forward Alan Anderson to a two-year contract, his agency announced on Monday. It'll be worth "a little less than three million," with a player option on the second year, according to the New York Post's Tim Bontemps.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State first-round draft picks Gary Harris and Adreian Payne are off and running in the Las Vegas portion of the NBA Summer League, while Keith Appling still awaits his first minutes of action.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  After two decades as a Big Ten official, one game stands out to retiring Bill LeMonnier as the most intense. “With Michigan and Ohio State, it would be like that for the first few possessions and then settle in,” LeMonnier said Saturday at the league’s annual officiating clinic. “But Michigan and Michigan State, it was like that from start to finish. That one has always stood out to me.”
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