18 hours ago

As Draymond Green’s corner 3-pointer swished through the basket Thursday night during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, nearly 20,000 Golden State Warriors fans rose to their feet in celebration. And inside a Hooters in Saginaw, at least one Warriors fan did likewise.“Saginawwwww!” Jeremiah McLaurin hollered, more than 2,000 miles away from the game action in Green’s hometown.

Source: Lansing State Journal

18 hours ago

If you’ve seen Morris Peterson since the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night to win the NBA championship, you’ve likely seen a man in sunglasses, Cuban cigar in hand, blissful smile carved in his face. That’ll be his look “for the next month,” he says.

Source: Lansing State Journal

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3 days ago

Nick Ward will get a chance to showcase himself for the NBA franchise closest to where he played college basketball. The former Michigan State center is set to participate in a pre-draft workout Friday with the Detroit Pistons, the franchise said. Ward reportedly took part in a workout with the Orlando Magic on May 31.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 days ago

This week, we talk about the NBA draft and where to expect Nick Ward and other Big Ten players to land (1:322). From there, we move to the Moneyball Pro-Am, which begins on June 27 and we break down the players and storylines that we’ll be paying the most attention to (23:57). And then we end by hitting the latest MSU news in War Drill, including Tom Izzo self-reporting a violation, Duke, Joey Hauser, Connor Cook, new B1G commish and WR transfer Jaylen Reed (43:27).

4 days ago

Marcus Bingham came to Michigan State last summer as its highest-rated recruit and with an intriguing size and skill set. He stood 6-foot-11 had longer arms than Jaren Jackson Jr. He also had legitimate shooting ability, dating back to his days as a guard before a high school growth spurt. But thoughts of him breaking into the playing rotation and contributing as a freshman in 2018-19were quickly squashed.

Source: mlive.com

5 days ago

Izzo taking Iron Mountain players through the Breslin violated NCAA rules about coaches having contact with potential recruits. While high school players are allowed to tour facilities and meet with college coaches most days of the year, they aren’t allowed to if they’re at that facility to play a game. The fact that Iron Mountain was competing in the Breslin Center the following day made Izzo’s tour against the rules.

Source: mlive.com

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1 week ago

You can already sense the anticipation for this coming Michigan State basketball season. Having Duke now on the home schedule adds some oomph five months out. This season didn’t need Duke, though. The Spartans, as it stands in June, are a consensus preseason No. 1, returning several pillars from a beloved Final Four team, with substantial intrigue surrounding new pieces and the possibilities for their younger players. Hope is sky high. People are pumped.

Source: Lansing State Journal

1 week ago

Michigan State has played some murderous non-conference schedules under Tom Izzo’s play-anyone-anywhere scheduling philosophy. This season’s slate may take the cake. The Thursday announcement of Duke’s visit to Breslin Center next fall as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge added to what was already a difficult slate for the Spartans next year.

Source: MLive.com

1 week ago

The latest revisions to the Top247 rankings for the 2020 basketball recruiting cycle are here as the prospects gear up for their final year of high school.MSU’s lone commitment in the class, four-star point guard Jalen Terry, checks in at No. 58 in the updated rankings. The Flint Beecher standout was previously ranked as the No. 29 prospect in the country. Terry became the first player to give his pledge to Tom Izzo’s program on April 2. The latest updates brought about a mixed bag for a handful of other MSU targets in the cycle.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

1 week ago

Four expected Spartan starters have been identified by Andy Katz of NCAA.com as candidates for the top individual awards at their respective positions. Katz lists senior-to-be Cassius Winston as the favorite for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the top point guard in the country. Rising junior Xavier Tillman is Katz’s No. 2 candidate for the Karl Malone Award (top power forward); senior Joshua Langford is No. 3 among Julius Erving Award (top small forward) candidates, and sophomore Aaron Henry landed at No. 4 among preseason favorites for the Jerry West Award (top shooting guard).

Source: Spartan Tailgate

2 weeks ago

Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch gives his thoughts on Michigan State’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup with Duke and the Spartans’ early-season schedule.

Source: Lansing State Journal

2 weeks ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball team will host Duke on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the 2019 Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  Tip time and television designation will be announced at a later date.  ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will combine to televise all 14 games of the event.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

Matt McQuaid thinks Michigan State is set up for another Final Four run. The Spartans return experience and potential NBA talent in Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Aaron Henry, and Xavier Tillman. And McQuaid loves the recruiting class. A fellow Dallas guy in forward Julius Marble. A young point guard in Rocket Watts. And a promising wing in Malik Hall. “We got a really good team next year,” McQuaid said Tuesday after working out for the Detroit Pistons. “I’m excited to see what they do.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Listen to “Tom Izzo Talks Draymond Green” on Spreaker.

2 weeks ago

“It’s all about, ‘Is [the fire] working for me or is it working against me?'” Green says. “When I’m channeling it to work for me, I think I’m one of the baddest motherf—ers on the planet. When it gets the best of me, I’m not so good.”

Source: abc7news.com

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2 weeks ago

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas are growing more fond of Michigan State basketball. According to the updated Westgate Superbook, the Spartans stands alone as the favorite to win the 2020 NCAA tournament. MSU is at 6-to-1 odds, up from 8-to-1 when Westgate first released odds in early April. Michigan State jumped ahead of Kentucky and defending champion Virginia, who opened the book at 7-to-1 odds.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Cassius Winston said last month he feels he can still make improvements following a season at Michigan State in which he was named the Big Ten’s top player and an All-American. That’s scary stuff for opponents. The Spartans’ returning point guard already is considered one of the nation’s top players for next season, landing Monday at the top of NCAA writer Andy Katz’s list of favorites to win the Bob Cousy Award as the country’s best point guard for the 2019-20 season.

Source: Detroit News

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“Draymond is my personal (educational tool),” Izzo said this week. The MSU coach uses him to teach his players how to screen, how to call out picks, how to rotate to open shooters, how to jump passing lanes. This Sunday, Izzo intends to show his team highlights of Green’s most recent — and arguably his most dominant — body of work. He wants his team to see the nuance and explosiveness of the NBA’s most disruptive presence. He wants them to study.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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