A young team combined with a string of injuries has resulted in a unique situation for Michigan States basketball program this season. Through the adversity, one particular player has stepped up in a big way to ensure his last year wearing the Green and White will be one that counts. “He’s got what we lack – he’s got some toughness,” said Coach Tom Izzo of senior guard Alvin Ellis III, following MSU’s conference opening overtime victory at Minnesota. “I’m happy for him, I’m actually proud of him. He took a challenge, he responded, and that’s kind of what you hope guys will do.