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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 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 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 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 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 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 mlive.com —  Tom Izzo spent his Tuesday morning defending his highest-profile former player. The Michigan State coach made a pair of national radio appearances to talk primarily about Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and the NBA finals.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Tom Izzo dishes on chatting with Draymond Green after Green's ban was announced, Green's style of play, coaching a passionate player and his NBA success.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  On Wednesday, a majority of the field for The Basketball Tournament was announced. The Spartan Heroes, made up primarily of former Michigan State basketball players, will be in the Midwest region. Since the official announcement of their entrance was made, they have made a couple of additions to their roster.
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Men's Basketball basketball.realgm.com —  The Cleveland Cavaliers had two early second round picks in the 2012 NBA Draft directly ahead of the Golden State Warriors at No. 35. Tom Izzo called Dan Gilbert at the end of the first round imploring the Cavaliers to select Draymond Green. "You gotta take my guy," said Izzo to Gilbert. "I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat that we didn't take him," Gilbert said. "I didn't listen to my gut."
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Men's Basketball spreaker.com —  Jack talks with Tom Izzo, 21-year MSU head basketball coach, Muhammad Ali admirer and 2016 inductee in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
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Men's Basketball usatoday.com —  Tom Izzo gushes about the time that he invited Muhammad Ali to a Michigan State basketball game and was stunned by the manner in which the legendary boxer and humanitarian fired up his team.
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Men's Basketball gabeisaacson.sportsblog.com —  Michigan State's Deyonta Davis declared for the NBA Draft after just one season under coach Tom Izzo. Davis is Izzo's first "one-and-done" player since Zach Randolph in 2001. In an era dominated by freshmen phenoms - both on the college court and in the NBA Draft - Tom Izzo's success without reliance on any of these elite freshman cannot go unacknowledged.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Early on in Tom Izzo's coaching career, Reebok was the official outfitter of Michigan State University's athletics. Players constantly nagged him about wearing Nike until MSU finally switched to The Swoosh, fresh off winning a NCAA national basketball title starting in 2001. "I remember early on when we were with a different company and all my kids talked about was wearing Nike and now I say, 'Are you satisfied now?'" Izzo said. "Nike has been great to us."
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Tom Izzo started last week in Oakland watching Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA playoffs. He finished it Saturday watching Morris Peterson and Mateen Cleaves play together again for a good cause. Michigan State’s coach found the connection between his past players, separated by a generation.
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Men's Basketball newsok.com —  Tom Izzo is a wanted man. Between sharing an embrace courtside at Oracle Arena with former Spartan Branden Dawson and talking with Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, Izzo is approached by numerous media members and celebrities at Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. While Izzo, 61, eventually put on a yellow Warriors T-shirt to support former Spartans star Draymond Green, he wasn't above texting Thunder coach Billy Donovan before the game. Izzo also took time to speak to The Oklahoman:
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Deyonta Davis declared last week that he always planned to leave Michigan State for the NBA after one season, surprising Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo. "That's not true," Izzo said. "I don't think that's the way he meant it. I sit down with my guys: 'What's your goals for the year?' Every kid. My manager's goal is to be one-and-done. My wife's goal is to be one-and-done. Everybody's goal is to be one-and-done. If so, why didn't he decide at the end of the year? That's where these kids, you've got to give them a break. He also said we didn't let him shoot threes. Well, there is a reason. I don't think it was meant in that context at all, because it was a very amicable deal.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I sit down with guys and say 'what are your goals for the year?' Well, every kid ... my manager's goal is to be one-and-done. My wife's goal is to be one-and-one. Everybody's goal is to be one-and-done. If (that were true), why didn't he just decide at the end of the year? ... That's where these kids, you've got to give them a break. They also said I didn't let him shoot 3's. Well, there's a reason (for that)," Izzo explained. "We sat down, we had a meeting. 'Would you like to be a one-and-done, is that one of your goals? Well, yeah.'
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