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Could Tom Izzo’s recruiting for next season take an internal turn? Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham Jr. are both fourth-year seniors. But each is eligible to return to Michigan State’s basketball program next season if they want thanks to the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver for last season. Brown, a captain this winter, said he already has thought about a fifth season in college and had initial talks about it with Izzo and the rest of the Spartans’ staff.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Tom Izzo has been an integral part of the Michigan State basketball program for almost four decades now and he has been its main man for the better part of 26 years (the 2021-2022 campaign will be his 27th season at the helm). During that time, he has guided the Spartans to almost unprecedented highs, made MSU a national brand, and has impacted probably as many lives off of the court as his teams have scored points on it. But even a great man and incredibly successful head coach like Izzo will one day face an opponent that even he won’t be able to outmaneuver — Father Time himself.

Source: The Only Colors

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Michigan State’s men’s basketball team met with the media for its annual on-campus media day in advance of the 2021-22 season on Wednesday at the Breslin Center. The Spartans play their first exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 27, hosting Ferris State (BTN+, 7 p.m.).

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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After making some changes to its coaching staff over the offseason, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo announced Monday some additional shifting with his assistants. Mike Garland, a longtime assistant under Izzo, will transition to special assistant to the head coach, while Mark Montgomery will go from recruiting coordinator to one of the Spartans’ three full-time assistant coaches.

Source: Detroit News

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Marcus Bingham Jr. reached the magical 7-foot mark during the offseason, and no one could have been happier than the Michigan State basketball senior’s mother. “Because I keep growing,” he said with a chuckle. “I’m probably still growing.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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The three-time champion admits that he lost interest in the game when the title runs stalled. But he’s adapted to his new role as mentor for Golden State’s young core, and is ready to get back to the way things were—both on the court and in front of the mic.

Source: The Ringer

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Here’s a look at the nine former Spartans players on NBA rosters as the league opens play on Tuesday, plus the 13 former Spartans who have played professional basketball elsewhere this year:

Source: mlive.com

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Marcus Bingham Jr. joined a pretty exclusive club earlier this year. When Michigan State took its official measurements for the 2021-22 season, Bingham topped the tape at an even 7-foot, an inch taller than last year. Joining the 7-foot club prompted a celebration – particularly from Bingham’s mom, he said. For a player who was a full foot shorter at the start of high school, 7-footer status was unexpected and exciting.

Source: mlive.com

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Tom Izzo quickly quipped that his point guard battle between A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker was a “quarterback controversy.” Even jokingly compared them to Oklahoma football’s Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams. In reality, one of the biggest salesmen for Walker to transfer from Northeastern to Michigan State basketball during the offseason happened to be his chief competitor for minutes: Hoggard.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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It’s not often Tom Izzo looks at preseason predictions and doesn’t see his Michigan State team among the top few in the Big Ten. This season, though, Izzo understands why the Spartans, in a recent media poll, were picked to finish sixth in the conference, not long after an impressive run of three straight Big Ten titles from 2018-20.

Source: Detroit News

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Television and game times for a majority of Michigan State’s men’s basketball schedule for the 2021-22 season, presented by Rocket Mortgage, were announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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MSU engaged in an intrasquad scrimmage that pitted half of the team against the other over the period of two 14-minute halves. With plenty of fresh faces and returners alike, the public got their first and only taste of a new lineup until the Spartans host Ferris State for an exhibition on Oct. 27.

Source: The State News

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We’ll include the important caveat that this is one glimpse at a team early in a six-week preseason practice session. Lineups and playing groups can change, and undoubtedly some players played better or worse than normal on Saturday.

Source: MLive.com

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Tom Izzo jumped into the sports pages recently, too, adding a young gentleman by the name of Jaxon Kohler to the 2022 recruiting class. The newest Spartan warrior figures to be a kid who one day will grab Michigan State’s post offense in his big mitts and take care of that part of the game like those NBA center stars in the 1990s used to do. Until next year, though, when Kohler sets foot on campus, Izzo will have to figure out a different way to operate inside the paint and find players who can play with their back to the basket.

Source: The Only Colors

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The 2020-21 season will go down as arguably the strangest in college basketball history. On top of a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, we saw unprecedented struggles across Blue Blood programs, as Duke and Kentucky both missed the Big Dance for the first time in a billion years. Michigan State was not immune to the Blue Blood virus, narrowly avoiding its first missed Tournament since 1997 and sneaking into a First Four spot.

Source: Three-Man-Weave

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Jaxon Kohler committed to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball program on Sept. 19, as Zach Manning noted in his announcement piece. This late-developing and lightning fast recruitment is a fascinating development for Izzo as he builds his 2022 class and begins to look ahead to 2023.

Source: The Only Colors

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