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 mlive.com —  The Spartans have two certain first-round picks, forward-center Deyonta Davis and shooting guard Valentine. There is a possibility both go off the board before the Pistons pick. If either is available, consensus is that it's more likely to be Valentine, a four-year college player about whom NBA teams have health and athleticism concerns that could leave him on the board at No. 18.
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Men's Basketball theundefeated.com —  Denzel Valentine will likely be one of the few first round picks legally old enough to celebrate Thursday’s NBA draft with a glass of champagne. With the top picks typically one-and-done college players and teenagers from abroad, the Michigan State star also could be the latest college senior affected by ageism at the draft. “I feel you can never win as a senior,” Valentine, 22, told The Undefeated. “If you go out early, you are based off of your potential. If you stay four years … I’m NBA-ready. I’m ready to play. But it is the way it is.”
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State's representatives at the 2016 NBA draft on Thursday night are a proven senior who has some questions about his medicals and a talented freshman who has some questions about his development timeline. That's the conclusion of ESPN analysts Jay Bilas and Chad Ford, who discussed Michigan State prospects Denzel Valentine and Deyonta Davis in conference calls in the past week.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  It is the day before the Draft and players looking to get drafted tomorrow night are going through a whirlwind of interviews. Earlier today ESPN’s Andy Katz sat down with Denzel to talk to him about the questions regarding his knees and what makes him a good pick for teams.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  It is no surprise to Michigan State fans that Draymond Green is a success. Watching the years of hustle and growth Green experienced under the tutelage of Tom Izzo, you had a feeling he would perform well at the next level. While you may not have predicted the meteoric rise he has been on, you had a good idea.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Tom Izzo says 19 games and more than a half-season of practices should be enough to convince NBA teams that Denzel Valentine’s knees are sound. Valentine missed four games his senior season after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He returned for MSU’s win at Penn State on Jan. 10 and played the balance of the season – including 15 regular-season games, three Big Ten tournament games and one NCAA Tournament game.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  “Once in a while I do, not because they just won it, it’s because he’s a good guy and I was really excited when I talked with him,” said Izzo of Gilbert. “I felt I could work for Dan Gilbert and that he was going to win. I left there one night and told my wife, ‘I could work for that guy.’ He just had that energy about him.
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Men's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Winner of six National Player of the Year awards, Denzel Valentine’s collection of individual accolades continued to grow on Wednesday as he was named the recipient of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year Award. Valentine learned of the honor while in New York City, on the eve of the 2016 NBA Draft.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  In 1952, the Indianapolis Olympians used their eighth-round pick in the sixth annual NBA draft on Gordon Stauffer, a three-year letterwinner for Michigan State. Stauffer never played in the NBA, choosing instead to embark on a 35-year high school and college coaching career, mostly in his home state of Indiana. But he lives on in the Michigan State history books as the first of 59 former Spartans players to hear their names called in the draft.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  With the draft drawing nearer, Costello is currently ranked outside of the top 100 prospects listed on both ESPN and DraftExpress. Though his draft interest may not be strong, Costello is coming off a great college career which should land him a shot with an NBA club.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  It used to be that players without a position didn’t make it in the NBA, unless you were a player who revolutionized a position. Think: Magic Johnson. Point guards before him were short and quick. After him, they were anyone with dribbling skills, vision and a feel for the game. Denzel Valentine is certainly not Magic Johnson. But he is a player without a neatly defined position.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  LeBron James and Draymond Green didn't exactly see eye-to-eye over the course of the NBA Finals, as was seen more than once, particularly with their altercation in Game 4 that ultimately ended in Green's suspension. On Sunday night, after the Cavaliers won the first championship in Cleveland professional sports in the last 52 years, James and Green shared a moment before the Cavs' on-court celebration, showing respect for one another after such an emotional, closely-fought battle.
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Men's Basketball sfgate.com —  “As you know, I blame myself for everything,” Green said, sitting at the postgame podium still in his uniform. “That’s just who I am. I think as a leader that’s important. I’m not afraid to take the blame. “But I do think that’s where the series turned.” He was talking about Game 5, which he had to miss after being suspended for his confrontation with LeBron James at the end of Game 4, which drew his fourth flagrant-foul point in the postseason.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green recently accepted an invitation to play for USA Basketball at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a source told The Undefeated on Monday. Green has never played for USA Basketball's national team but previously has played on the 2015 USA Showcase and on Team USA's 2011 World University Games squad. He was selected as a finalist for the United States' 2016 Rio Olympics team Jan. 18.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  When Nojel Eastern visited Michigan State early last summer, he was confined to crutches. The four-star point guard from Illinois broke his ankle early last summer, soon after the Spartans had taken interest in him on the recruiting trail. The injury cost him a critical summer and affected him into his junior high school season. This year, Eastern was back at Michigan State for its Izzo Shootout team camp over the weekend. And more than a year removed from the injury, he was able to show Tom Izzo and the rest of the Spartans coaches that he's fully recovered.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Michigan State will play one game on the road at the defending Big Ten champions and return to a home-and-home series against its in-state rivals. That's according to the Big Ten's 2016-17 basketball matchups, released on Monday by the conference office.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Stop me if you have heard this one: Outgoing senior. Arguably the most prolific player in school history as his position. Early season he is projected to go high in the draft but as the “experts” continue to release mock draft after mock draft, this guys seems to be sliding down the board and could fall out of the first round.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  Bryn Forbes isn't projected to be drafted this year, but he offers enough that NBA teams should be racing to get him at the end of the draft or as soon as undrafted free agency begins. After lighting it up from deep throughout his college career, Bryn Forbes now hopes his three-point shot helps him hear his name called during the 2016 NBA Draft.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  "He's big and athletic and long-armed. He runs well. He's just raw," Bilas told reporters on an NBA draft media call. "If you stretch out his per-game averages to 40 minutes, per 40 minutes he averaged over 16 a game, just about 12 rebounds and four blocks a game. He is not an offensive player yet, so he needs more development in that area. But as a rebounder, as a shot blocker, as a guy that can run the floor, and then especially an offensive rebounder, he's got a lot of value."
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