Men's Basketball chicagotribune.com —  Granted, Tom Izzo is biased when it comes to Denzel Valentine. But the decorated Michigan State coach sounded like one of the architects of the Bulls' efforts to retool or rebuild or whatever you want to call it when asked to name Valentine's biggest transferable skill from college to the NBA game. "He's so multidimensional," Izzo said in an interview. "He can play so many different positions and styles."
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Thursday night, Tom Izzo consoled Deyonta Davis on the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Friday morning, Michigan State’s coach called his four-player freshman class into his office to caution them about believing mock drafts and online pundits.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  In his way-too-early 2017 NBA mock draft, CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie lists his top 30 prospects and has Bridges 16th to the Washington Wizards. "Bridges is an elite power athlete who is heading to the perfect situation at Michigan State," Vecenie writes. "His tough game should blossom under Tom Izzo, and as long as he can get a jump shot down there's a lot to like about his versatility in the modern NBA." DraftExpress has Bridges as its No.19 prospect.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The Michigan State basketball team is coming off of a season in which they know they should’ve done better, but now is the time to recruit the talent to get better. The Spartans are bringing in arguably their best recruiting class in the Tom Izzo era, but looking ahead to 2017, the Spartans could get even more young talent to add to the roster. Here are three 2017 recruits the Spartans would love to land.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  "He's going to have a role," Bulls GM Gar Forman said on ESPN 1000's post-draft show on Thursday night. "He's a guy who makes his teammates better because of his ability to pass and his understanding of the game. I think he's a guy who can play the system Fred wants to play with some pace. So where he plays, exactly where he fits, some of that will be worked out. But we're pretty confident he is going to fit."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It seemed too perfect. Certainly Cassius Winston, who said he wanted to win a Class A basketball state championship and four consecutive Catholic League titles before he enrolled at U-D Jesuit, had to be named for Cassius Clay, who later became known as Muhammad Ali? Not really.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Four years ago this fall, a freshman named Cassius Winston walked into U-D Jesuit and everything changed. In his four years as a Cub, Winston was the main reason U-D transformed into a basketball school. Despite being only a 6-foot-1 guard, Winston dominated the league over four years like no player in history.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  On a crowded New York street, Denzel Valentine caused heads to turn. Some people stopped and stared. Others approached him. Sometimes he approached them. “What do you think of Denzel Valentine?” he asked one woman. “Valentine is pretty cool, that’s what I hear,” he continued, baiting her. It was his very first professional endorsement deal — a promotional video shoot for Macy’s in Manhattan. His mother, in the meantime, went shopping so he’d have enough underwear.
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Izzo should be excited about his 2016 NBA Draft/free agent class. This year’s four-man group of Denzel Valentine, Deyonta Davis, Bryn Forbes (UDFA) and Matt Costello (UDFA) happens to be his largest single-year offering to the NBA — and that’s saying something, considering that he’s had seven Final Four teams and a national champion during the past 22 years.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I think the system's broke," Izzo said on Friday. "I think we've got to fix it and yet it's not a bad deal for the NBA. I think it's really hurting our college guys." The NBA's rules allow teams to "draft and stash" international players: retain their draft rights while the players continue to develop in overseas leagues. College players, meanwhile, are ineligible to return to college once they declare for the draft, meaning teams must bring them into the NBA or the D-League after drafting them.
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack and Graham Couch talk with Tom Izzo, 21-year Michigan State head basketball coach, 2016 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and developer of players and people, on and off the court, on NBA Draft 2016 and his players



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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Ah, the NBA. Any number of things can blow the winds of fortune one way and leave some people picking up the pieces. Last night saw that happen with Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis as he slid from a projected lottery pick to the 31st selection by the Celtics and immediately traded to the Grizzles.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  According to the Lansing State Journal, Forbes has reached an agreement to join the San Antonio Spurs for their summer team. That means Forbes will be playing will join his teammates in Salt Lake City from July 4-7 and in Las Vegas from July 8-18. If he does well, the Spurs and/or other teams will offer him a training camp invite and possibly even an NBA contract.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Izzo said the record number of European players taken in the opening round caused Davis to drop, not anything about his game. Many of those foreigners were selected as “draft-and-stash” players, which means the NBA teams will retain their rights as they develop overseas. American college players don’t have that luxury. “I think the system’s broke. I think we gotta fix it,” Izzo said. “And yet, it’s not a bad deal for the NBA. I think it’s really hurting our college guys and making it look worse than it is. For that, I feel bad for the college guys. That’s why when you come out, you better be ready to play.”
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Men's Basketball spartansportsnetwork.com —  A special NBA Draft review with Tom Izzo. Coach looks back at the draft and takes questions from the media.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Sometime around 11 Thursday night, Deyonta Davis had to be wondering if he’d made the right choice. After one season at Michigan State, the 6-foot-10 forward decided it was time to head to the NBA. It wasn’t a remarkable freshman season — he averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes while starting 16 of the final 17 games. Apparently, it was enough for those putting together mock drafts to believe Davis was a top-15 pick.
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Men's Basketball thegame730am.com —  Tom Izzo said he thinks Davis’ tumble down the draft order had less to do with his abilities and more to do with his shyness. Izzo joined “Staudt On Sports” on Friday and explained
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Men's Basketball statenews.com —  One night was not enough for Michigan State graduating senior to achieve his NBA dreams. The following morning sufficed, however, as the Atlanta Hawks conducted their first business of the summer free agency when they signed Costello to a deal that will move him to Atlanta for the Summer League and training camp.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Izzo will have one of his best recruiting classes’ come to MSU next year highlighted by Miles Bridges. One of those freshmen coming in next year has the potential to be a leader and a captain. That freshman is straight from Michigan, and his name is Cassius Winston.
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