The successful and exciting 2018/2019 season is in the rearview mirror for MSU basketball. Tom Izzo and his team provided us with numerous championships, a Final Four berth and countless memories that will be cherished for a long long time. But as sports fans love to say after one season has ended “there is always next year”.
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Two of the most coveted transfers in college basketball are reportedly set to take a visit to East Lansing. Marquette transfers Joey and Sam Hauser plan to visit Michigan State as they search for their next school to attend, according to a Tuesday report from CBS Sports. The two will also visit Wisconsin, Virginia, and Iowa, according to the report.
After the respective decisions of Cassius Winston and Nick Ward, the picture of Michigan State’s roster in 2019-20 becomes clearer. The Spartans are widely viewed as either the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the country moving into next season.
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Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins remember the reaction they had as kids when they met someone “famous.”The eyes lit up and people started whispering. Both of them got that treatment all day long Monday in Manton when they talked to students Monday at Manton in a pair of assemblies and then put on a pair of basketball clinics with Rangers’ boys basketball coach Ryan Hiller.
Henry displayed rare athleticism throughout his freshman year, the kind that makes it difficult to picture him spending four years in East Lansing. Once his skill level catches up, the NBA will be desperate to gets its hands on him. For now, Henry said, “I can’t wait to go back to war with these guys in the fall.”
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“I’m enjoying it here. I’m enjoying being a Spartan. I’m just enjoying this,” he continued. “I want to win a championship. I want to do that on each and every level. When I leave my mark on Michigan State, I want to be known as a winner. And you can’t do that without that last piece.” Without explicitly saying it, by stating his mission, Winston declared his intent to return.
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Almost a decade after degenerative knee pain and multiple surgeries forced Delvon Roe to prematurely end his once-promising basketball career, the former Michigan State big man has become an NBA veteran after all. Well, sort of. Roe plays the role of Dante, an NBA veteran for the fictional Los Angeles Vipers and one of the lead character’s best friends.
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Cassius Winston’s legacy stock is up. Way up. His NBA prospects determine future financial stocks, but his pro career can only enhance his Michigan State legacy. That was secured once he announced on Friday his senior year return for another NCAA title shot. He has a chance to join a pantheon of Magic, Mateen, and Cassius.
Cassius Winston has announced his decision to return to Michigan State for his senior season. The junior guard was a consensus second-team All-American, earning first-team honors from The Sporting News and the Associated Press.
Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) will submit his name for the 2019 NBA Draft. He will sign with an agent and plans to end his Michigan State career. “After talking things over with my parents and Coach Izzo and the staff at Michigan State, I’ve decided to take the next step in my career and enter my name for the NBA draft,” said Ward
We talk about the year MSU had and grade every player’s performance. We also address the transfer rumors and Rocket’s Letter of Intent.
The Big Ten Conference announced home and away opponents for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season on Thursday afternoon. This will be the second-straight year the league will play a 20-game conference schedule, with each team playing seven opponents both home and away and then playing six opponents once (three at home and three away).
Michigan State’s men’s basketball team has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Mark “Rocket” Watts Jr. (Detroit, Mich./SPIRE Academy [Ohio]). Watts is the second signed recruit for the Spartans, joining Malik Hall (Aurora, Ill./Sunrise Christian Academy [Kan.]), who signed in the Fall.
For Forbes, a third-year guard out of Michigan State, drawing the Nuggets makes it more personal than the usual first-round playoff fracas. Denver guard Gary Harris — one of the few Nuggets who excelled in both Game 1 (20 points) and Game 2 (23 points) — is an old pal, a longtime workout-slash-sparring partner.
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Kenny Goins was one of 64 seniors from across the country selected to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (P.I.T.) this week in Virginia. The P.I.T. will be held from Wednesday, April 17 to Saturday, April 20 at the Churchland High School Sports Complex in Portsmouth, Va.
The games for Michigan State basketball ended last Saturday, when the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in the Final Four. But particularly for some of the youngest players in the program, the competition will be starting up again soon when offseason workouts begin.
During a recent team meeting, Mike Tressel used a visual demonstration to make a point. The Michigan State defensive coordinator asked every second-team defender to stand up and 12 or 13 players rose to their feet. He then asked those who have played at least 30 snaps for the Spartans to remain standing and that number dropped to two.
Time for college basketball’s second season. After Michigan State’s 2018-19 season ended on Saturday in the Final Four, the Spartans head into the six-month offseason with questions about personnel, coaches, player development and more.
Bound to the bench for the most important games of Michigan State’s season, Joshua Langford and Kyle Ahrens grew closer together during their absence. Doing rehab, getting treatment and everything else required to get back to normal can be an isolating experience.
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