Men's Basketball freep.com —  Draymond Green recalls it well. He earned a spot on the 2011 USA Basketball team that competed at the World University Games in China just before his senior season at Michigan State. The team finished in fifth place with a 7-1 record, but he thought his days representing the United States were over. He was wrong. Now he owns an NBA title ring.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Sports are a never-ending cycle of trying to adapt to the newest most effective strategy, and basketball is a prime example. In the NBA, the three-point shot has gained immense importance and in the NCAA the trend of accepting one-and-done players has branched out from Kentucky to other big schools. That trend found its way to East Lansing for just the second time with Deyonta Davis leaving for the draft following last season, opening up a huge hole down low for the Spartans.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Denzel Valentine is back in Lansing this week, a place where there are no blind turns. The former Michigan State star, albeit for a short bit, is home again. The thing is, though, Valentine is learning that even the most familiar places can feel different when everything else changes. Not long ago, he was a 22-year old college grad. Now he's an NBA player, preparing for a new life in Chicago and the reality of starting all over.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The Atlanta Hawks are giving Matt Costello a chance to live out his NBA dream. After the former Michigan State Spartans big man didn't hear his name called during the 2016 NBA Draft, Costello agreed to join the Hawks' summer league team, where he made a great impression on the team. That earned him a contract with the Hawks, which the team announced had been signed on Tuesday.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The city of Hunstville, Alabama, is tucked in along the Tennessee River, just south of the state line and about 100 miles north of Birmingham. It's a town that ambles along at a southern pace. There are neighborhoods and a downtown and some of the finest antebellum homes in the country. So, yes, it's curious to hear Josh Langford say, "There's really not that big of a difference here."
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Bryn Forbes admits that all shooters get caught up in thinking that the next shot has to fall. Regardless of how many drop, regardless of how many go in, it's all about the next one. That's the only one that matters.
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