Men's Basketball freep.com —  It's been 15 years since Michigan State won the national championship over the Florida Gators. Mateen Cleaves was one of the core players for that team. Cleaves is one of the Flintstones. They were a group of individuals that came from Flint and would play in arguably the greatest era of Spartan Basketball.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Trice has traveled to work out for Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers so far, with Cleveland up next and about 10 other teams scheduled, he said. The workouts consist of drills with five other players, including some 3-on-3. Dawson has worked out for Phoenix, Boston and the Clippers, with Philadelphia, Charlotte and Milwaukee all on the schedule for this week. They are essentially selling opposite assets – the 6-foot Trice said teams love his skills and his game but wonder about his size and strength, and while the 6-foot-6-inch Dawson is a bona fide NBA athlete trying to convince teams he has perimeter skill.
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Men's Basketball spartanavenue.com —  It has been a long journey for Michigan State forward Branden Dawson. From highly-touted five-star recruit to oft-injured role player and back to team leader, the four-year Spartan has been through it all in order to make that jump to the next level. Reports surfaced on Wednesday that the 2014-15 Final Four participant would be working out for several NBA teams in the coming weeks leading up to the draft.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State's Breslin Center could start getting spruced up later this year, and the school has started to envision a much larger expansion in the future. The university's department of infrastructure, planning and facilities recently unveiled plans for a pair of projects to expand and modernize the 25-year-old arena.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack Ebling and Rico Beard talk with former MSU forward, and NBA hopeful, Branden Dawson, about his appearance Saturday afternoon at The Ticket Machine with teammate Travis Trice.



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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Travis Trice, who is awaiting this month's NBA draft, paid a visit to Comerica Park this afternoon to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Trice delivered a strike before the Detroit Tigers game against the Oakland Athletics. He was sporting a Tigers jersey with his familiar No. 20 on the back.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Going into Branden Dawson’s senior year, he was named a first-team preseason All-American by Sportingnews based on his dominant play in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament where he was named the MVP and continuing that excellent play in the 2014 NCAA tournament scoring a combined 50 points against Harvard and Virginia. This was the year where Dawson was expected to make the jump from rebounding-energy role player to legitimate college star. The result was a bit of a mixed bag in which he struggled on the offensive end while trying to take on a larger role.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State basketball players are scheduled to return to campus this weekend for the beginning of their offseason workouts. For the past two offseasons, they've been joined there by Draymond Green, who soon after his NBA season makes his way back to East Lansing for his own offseason regimen. This year, though, they'll have to wait a little longer to see Green stop by town.
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Men's Basketball spartanpodcast.com —  Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis and MSU Vice President Bill Beekman talk with Jake Boss, Mike Brand and Anthony Ianni.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The NBA Finals are finally here, which means peaking Draymond Fever, and it has meant extensive archive searches for someone who covered Green's entire career at Michigan State. Sunday's look back at key moments in Green's MSU journey got some positive response, but that was sized for print and but a fraction of all the interesting tidbits I found. So if you're trying to pass some time before Game 1, have plenty of it on your hands and forget as much stuff from just a few years ago as I do, take a look at these stories (and other items)
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Two months into his rookie season, Draymond Green, then a Warriors reserve out of Michigan State, got a crack at defending LeBron James. It was December 2012, in Miami, and James was rolling. With Green on him, James failed to score twice. After a missed jumper and a turnover, James backed Green down and drew a foul. Then he yelled at Green.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  When the Cleveland Cavaliers courted Michigan State coach Tom Izzo in 2010, the Cavs were far from making it to the NBA Finals. But with the return of LeBron James, the Cavs are back vying for a title and Izzo is planning to be there to see it — as a spectator. Izzo won't be rooting for the Cavs, either — though they are owned by MSU alum Dan Gilbert — as former Spartan All-American Draymond Green plays for the Cavs' foe, the Golden State Warriors.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo is joining the chorus of voices applauding the new proposed rule changes slated to take effect next season. That's because he sees a common denominator to those changes. "I think if we're going to prepare our guys for the NBA, we might as well go to NBA rules," the Michigan State coach said this week.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If you're looking for Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo in the next couple of weeks, start with a courtside search -- he has plans to attend at least one NBA Finals game at Golden State and one at Cleveland. Golden State features one of Izzo's favorite former players, Draymond Green. Cleveland is owned by MSU alumnus Dan Gilbert, who tried to hire Izzo in 2010. One of those two will be speaking indirectly to MSU recruiting targets as the Cavaliers and Warriors battle for the title.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Mary Babers, the mother of Golden State forward Draymond Green, has made a name for herself, defending and praising her son on Twitter. Babers has more than 7,000 followers on her Twitter page, where she regularly comments on Green, the Warriors and critics, paid or otherwise, of her son.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It starts at center for Tom Izzo, and he'll get a better idea of how things are progressing there late this week, when his Michigan State basketball players return for some off-season workouts. "I think we've got a chance to be maybe real good -- if (Gavin) Schilling and (Matt) Costello get better, I think our guard play is gonna be really good," Izzo said Monday of the centers who will be a junior and senior, respectively, next season. "And we'll see which one of the young guys can play."
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Travis Trice came to MSU as an unheralded 3 star destined to be Keith Appling’s career backup. For three years was mostly the case and many questioned whether or not he could fill the point guard spot during his senior year after being a 3 year bench role player with a usage rate never higher than 18%. He ended up stepping up marvelously especially during bright lights of the NCAA tournament and was even named 3rd team All-B1G for his efforts.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Kampe's Coaches Beat Cancer event was to raise money for cancer research. More than $160,000 was committed as of Monday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Tom Izzo is back in what's become a familiar summer dilemma. He hates the number of players transferring within college basketball. But to fill his roster and stay competitive, he must once look to add one of those transfers to his Michigan State program.
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