Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo is set to join the basketball elite after being elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Monday, April 4 in Houston as part of Final Four Weekend. "I've always told my players that they need to dream something before they can achieve it," said Izzo. "Growing up in Iron Mountain, I had plenty of dreams, many of them seemed like long shots. But I'd be lying if I said being in the Hall of Fame was one of those dreams -- it seemed too big. Even today, it's surreal."



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine had tickets to Saturday night's Final Four semifinal matchups, and came down here undecided on if he wanted to use them. The pain from Michigan State's first-round NCAA Tournament upset loss to Middle Tennessee had started to subside. Maybe he could go enjoy the premiere college basketball event in the country as a spectator, instead of as a participant.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  There is little debate Izzo is a great coach, and he certainly has the résumé to enter the Hall of Fame. But this is not a one-man show. Izzo’s true accomplishment is not wins and losses; it is the program he has built. He is more than a coach. He is like the CEO of a small business. He is the guy in the spotlight, but everybody behind the scenes plays a crucial role. Credit for Izzo’s success extends to a coaching staff that includes associate head coach Dwayne Stephens, assistant coach Mike Garland and assistant coach Dane Fife.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Lost beneath a coat of paint, written on a wall above a urinal in a bathroom on the ground floor of Michigan State University’s Olds Hall are the words, “Tom Fizzo.” That’s how MSU fans felt about their basketball coach late in the fall of 1997.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Two media veterans tweeted tonight that Tom Izzo has the votes and will be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2016, scheduled to be announced here Monday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Buddy Hield returned to his locker following Oklahoma's stunning 44-point Final Four loss to Villanova on Saturday night, one of the first texts he saw on his phone was from Denzel Valentine. In the lowest moment of his season, the Sooners' star senior guard was grateful for a few words of encouragement from a player he now has even more in common with than he had before Saturday's game. "It means a lot," Hield said Sunday morning. "It just shows that it's more than basketball."
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Herner is old — he’ll be the first to tell you: “73 1/2” and “just happy to be above ground.” And technically, he’s long-since retired from his days as a phys ed teacher and coach at Lansing Sexton High School. But he is not “just” anyone — not to MSU’s basketball program or its likely soon-to-be Hall of Fame head coach. For Tom Izzo, few over the last 33 years have been as trusted and relied upon — as a confidant and consultant, a needed contrarian and an astute basketball mind — than his “assistant video coordinator." That is not a bogus title. Yet Herner is an important man beyond his seasonally contracted position.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo would rather be working right now in Houston, but he will chip in Monday with some national championship pregame analysis on TBS. And it’s possible he could be introduced as Hall of Famer Tom Izzo. The Michigan State coach, who just completed his 21st season, is one of 14 finalists for the 2016 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  “It’s tough, but you’ve got to move on,” Costello said Friday of the Spartans’ stunning loss to Middle Tennessee in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament. “You can’t dwell on it too much, especially being a senior. The next step of your life is what you’ve got to focus on and put all your effort into. There’s a time to mourn, but now I think everybody’s trying to move on and take care of the next step of their lives. Staying busy has helped. Portsmouth coming up, working out, getting ready for a wedding, life’s been pretty busy. And that has helped. I guess.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Davis is projected to go No.12 overall to the Boston Celtics, while Valentine is projected to go No. 16 to the Utah Jazz in the first-round mock.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  AP Player of the Year Denzel Valentine of Michigan State University has been selected as the 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award® winner in NCAA® Division I men’s basketball. The announcement was made tonight at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championship, part of Final Four Weekend in Houston, Texas.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  This is the first year Izzo has been among the nominees for the award, despite the fact that the 21st-year Michigan State coach met the hall of fame's requirements for nomination back in 2009, when he had been a full-time assistant or head coach for 25 years. So why is this the first year he's been nominated for the award? For active college basketball coaches like Izzo, it's up to schools to decide when to nominate their coaches for induction
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Believe it or not, there was a time at Michigan State when Tom Izzo was not the king of campus. Before the national championship. Before the Final Fours. Before the Big Ten titles. Before the more than 500 victories. Before all that, Izzo was just an unproven, untested coach on the hot seat. The possibility of one day entering the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame was laughable. As Izzo says these days, it was “far-fetched.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Neither Bryn Forbes or Denzel Valentine advanced to the finals of Thursday night's college 3-point competition. But the two longtime friends and the best shooters on Michigan State's roster did get to have a head-to-head shooting competition on ESPN. Forbes and Valentine went head-to-head in a first-round matchup, shooting simultaneously on opposite ends of the court in the annual competition, held near Houston, the site of the Final Four.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The basketball team next year will have a different look than any other previous team under head coach Tom Izzo. That is because of the new recruits coming to East Lansing in the fall. Headlining the recruiting class coming in is small forward Miles Bridges who is the number six prospect for the 2016 class. Following him is another 5-star, Josh Langford, who will be accompanied by Detroit native Cassius Winston in the backcourt. Topping out the number three recruiting class is center Nick Ward, a top-five center from Ohio.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Denzel Valentine has been named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He is the first Spartan to capture the prestigious player of the year award which dates back to 1961. "As someone with an appreciation for the history of college basketball, it’s a real honor to be named National Player of the Year by the Associated Press," said Valentine. "Look at the names of all the great players to win this award dating back to the 1960s – they are some of the game’s all-time greats. To be the first Spartan to ever win this award is extremely humbling.” Discuss »
Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  THE MOMENT THAT hints at his unrivaled versatility comes on a Saturday in Los Angeles, during the first quarter of a game against the Clippers. Draymond Green, generously listed at 6-foot-7, guards DeAndre Jordan, a human springboard who stands 4 inches taller. Green is relentlessly electrified tonight, bellying up to Jordan at the top of the perimeter until the Clippers center passes to Chris Paul on the left wing, near the 3-point line. Now Green switches from defending the tallest, most pow­erful player on the court to facing one of the quickest, craftiest guards in NBA history. Green sets his feet and stretches his arms. He barks commands to his teammates. "Move!"
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Don’t forget about the other Josh. Though, to be clear, he prefers Joshua. That’s 2016 Michigan State signee Joshua Langford, who — along with the other 22 players who took part in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game at United Center — has been overshadowed this week by the pending decision of 2016 MSU target Josh Jackson.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The McDonald’s All-American Game is essentially an AAU basketball game in an NBA arena, and that means heavy on the dunks, light on the defense and the constant sound of cheesy music during the action. The best sound to hear on a night like this is an “Ooooooohhh,” which means one of these 24 ridiculously athletic high school kids did something to the rim. The first time we heard that Wednesday at United Center, Michigan State signee Miles Bridges had just punished the cylinder with a swooping windmill dunk off a backboard lob.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Graham Couch and Joe Rexrode analyze the pair (or trio) of future Spartans in the McDonald's All-American Game.
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