Men's Basketball btn.com —  This group has become famous for its “No Fly Zone” moniker. Expect more standout play even with CB Darqueze Dennard gone. Trae Waynes is the new star corner. He’ll partner with Darian Hicks. Lots of competition at the safety spots with Jalyn Powell and RJ Williamson competing at strong safety and Kurtis Drummond and Demetrious Cox at free safety.
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Men's Basketball btn.com —  There is a rubber bracelet that rests on Adreian Payne’s wrist, small in size, but monumental in importance. The words “Love Like Lacey” printed across the front of the band, in honor of the late Lacey Holsworth, who lost her battle with cancer just three months ago.
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Men's Basketball tbd.radio.cbssports.com —  “Not being there on a daily basis, you do worry about distractions,” Michigan State coaching legend Tom Izzo said on The Morning Show. “If there’s one thing that changed my job in college, it’s distractions – and distractions can eat anybody alive, especially if you’re in the public eye. I think the more distractions you have, the harder it is to do your job. Some people deal with them better than others, and yet, the guy’s 21 years old, and you got to have a life, too.”
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Men's Basketball detroit.cbslocal.com —  Tom Izzo spoke with The Karsch and Anderson show this morning about MSU hoops, recruiting, and a new project he’s working on to help sports fans get organized. He also spent some time talking about LeBron James and his decision 2.0.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Smith had Kevin McHale’s shoulders, Magic’s height and Scott Skiles’ shot. And he brought MSU back to the top of the Big Ten in 1990 after a title-less 1980s. Smith left as the Spartans’ leading scorer, and has been eclipsed only by Shawn Respert since.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Point guard Lourawls “Tum-Tum” Nairn is the headliner of Tom Izzo’s second consecutive recruiting class that saw him whiff on several big name recruits. Although Nairn doesn’t have the same number of recruiting stars as Tyus Jones or Tyler Ulis (both class of 2014 point guards who spurned MSU) he does have some valuable intangibles.
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Men's Basketball ridiculousupside.com —  Kalin Lucas has been trying to get to the NBA since graduating from Michigan State in 2011. Is this upcoming season finally the one? He thinks it is. The 25-year-old checked in with us from Orlando.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  If you were to create an all-time team at MSU, Respert is your shooter. No Spartan has ever been more prolific from beyond the 3-point line, and better at making that line irrelevant. But he was also a sensational all-around scorer, with better explosion and creativity on the drive than perhaps his reputation.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  At 6'8" and 205 pounds, the 4-star prospect isn't quite in Payne's size bracket. But he'll probably get close—and there are hints of AP scattered in his developing arsenal. Like the No. 15 selection of the 2014 NBA draft, Davis is smooth and agile at the rim and along the baseline.
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Men's Basketball coachingsearch.247sports.com —  The issue of balancing athletics and academics has long been an issue for college sports, but Tom Izzo says it all comes down to relationships. As North Carolina goes through an investigation regarding athletes and classes, a group of college basketball coaches joined a panel on ESPN’s Outside The Lines to talk about the big picture Most universities discourage coaches from having direct communication with professors about a player's academic issues. Izzo says that hurts the ability to form relationships and makes it difficult for everyone involved.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Conversations between incoming freshman point guard Lourawls Nairn and Michigan State notables tend to find their way to one subject in particular. “He was the first recruit to ever ask me how does it feel to win a national championship,” former Spartan point guard Mateen Cleaves said. “When I was telling stories you could just see him daydreaming about him having a chance to win it all.”
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  When Desmond Ferguson started a summer pro-am program in Lansing in 2004, nights like Tuesday were what he envisioned. And the 11th year of his Moneyball Pro-Am league got off to a strong start with a large crowd for its opening night of games at Aim High in Whitmore Lake.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Kelser is the best player, that wasn’t a guard, in the history of MSU’s program. He was a star before he was Magic Johnson’s running mate, averaging 21.7 points and 10.8 rebounds as a sophomore in 1976-77. And once Magic arrived, Kelser was the perfect complement — wiry, quick, a terrific leaper and finisher around the basket, a smooth and coordinated offensive player.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  Questions as to who would lead the reinvigorated Michigan State Spartans are now answered. Tom Izzo has named junior Denzel Valentine and senior Travis Trice as captains for the 2014-15 season.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn has drawn comparisons to Draymond Green and Mateen Cleaves with the energy and leadership he provides on the court. And the incoming Michigan State point guard from Sunrise Christian Academy hasn't wasted any time gaining insight from the former Spartans.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Known as Jumpin’ Johnny Green, no MSU player pre-Magic-Kelser is more celebrated. Green was extraordinary statistically and won at an unprecedented level. The 6-foot-5 power forward, a Marine veteran who didn’t begin on MSU’s varsity until he was 23, is famous for two things: rebounding and the 1957 Final Four, MSU’s first Final Four.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  If Mike Robinson had arrived at MSU two years later, when the NCAA began allowing freshmen to play, he’d be a household name. He should be anyway among MSU fans. He is the greatest career scorer in Spartan basketball history, averaging 24.2 points over his three seasons — three full points better than the next in line, Shawn Respert, the school’s all-time leading scorer and, more fairly, almost a point higher than Respert’s average for his final three seasons.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  They won’t be wearing green and white jerseys in front of a crowd at the Breslin Center for another couple of months. But donning orange and blue jerseys at Aim High Sports in Dimondale, three incoming Michigan State basketball freshmen made their public debuts in Michigan Tuesday on the opening night of the 2014 Moneyball Pro-Am. The verdict: promising moments, but plenty of adjustment still to come.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Expectations going into the 2014-15 season aren’t going to be nearly as high as they were last year because MSU lacks the star power that Gary Harris and Adreian Payne provided. That being said, there is still plenty of talent on the roster and Tom Izzo is the best in the business at getting the most out of his players. Here are the biggest reasons that MSU has a chance to make the Final Four this season.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  The Skinny: If Vincent had been healthy, MSU’s lopsided 1979 NCAA tournament run could have been a series all-out drubbings, Larry Bird’s Indiana State club included. Vincent, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound sophomore and MSU’s starting center, suffered a stress fracture in his right foot in the NCAA tournament opener against Lamar. He’d already scored 11 points in 13 minutes.
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