15 hours ago

Great coaching in the Michigan State men’s basketball program goes beyond Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo. Two of Izzo’s assistants, Dwayne Stephens and Dane Fife, have been named the best and third-best assistant men’s basketball coach in the Big Ten in a list compiled by Stadium.

Source: Spartans Wire

19 hours ago

A strong, high-octane player, Marble was brilliant in his limited stretches as an energetic spark-plug off the bench. He looked extremely comfortable on the floor, particularly physically, where he came in with a B1G ready body from day one. Despite playing sparse minutes, he provided consistent effort every time he stepped on the floor, best illustrated when clearing space in the paint like a wrecking ball and cleaning up rebounds on both sides of the floor.

Source: Spartan Hoops

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19 hours ago

Shawn Respert remains the Michigan State career leader in teams of 3-pointers made, with 331. That’s 25 more than Chris Hill in second place and more than 50 clear of any other Spartans player. Respert’s teams may have taken fewer 3-pointer than modern teams, but Respert was still able to become a prolific 3-point shooter (and the program’s career scoring leader.)

Source: mlive.com

2 days ago

A 6’9” 230 lb Center with a 7’4” wingspan, Sissoko may offer the most exciting combination of motor, power, length, and athleticism of any big man Tom Izzo has ever recruited. Only having played four years of organized basketball, Sissoko finds himself ranked in the top 40 (36th on 247’s national composite) based on the raw physical gifts that will place him in the top 1% of college ready bodies the moment he steps on the floor.

Source: Spartan Hoops

2 days ago

If Xavier Tillman, Sr. does not return this season Thomas Kithier will certainly have a role in this new edition of Michigan State basketball. The kids have grown up, and all of a sudden Kithier is one of the more veteran players on the roster. A Tom Izzo ball club relies on leadership and knowing your roles, and the veterans, particularly Kithier, will be able to provide this invaluable asset.

Source: Spartan Hoops

2 days ago

Four decades later, the memory of his first practice against Earvin “Magic” Johnson is a vivid one for Michael Longaker. As a sophomore guard for Michigan State in 1977-78, Longaker was among those tasked with defending the Spartans’ star newcomer. He spent that day exhausting himself while chasing the bigger and more athletic Johnson around Jenison Fieldhouse.

Source: mlive.com

4 days ago

Coming into his freshman season in 2018, Bingham was a top 75 kid (66th nationally per 247 composite) with the length and ability to impact both sides of the floor. He was seen right from the get-go as an NBA upside player, with the potential to give Michigan State an Adreian Payne type boost of rim protection and three point shooting that had only been seen a handful of times under Izzo’s helm.

Source: Spartan Hoops

4 days ago

5 days ago

I’ll never forget the phone call when I told Coach (Tom) Izzo; I will cherish that phone call forever. I told him about two weeks ago and when I did I could definitely feel and imagine his smile through the phone. He was just really excited! I felt so good after making that call. I was really happy with my decision; I know I made the right decision for me.

Source: Sports Illustrated

5 days ago

With the landing of 2021’s No. 1 shooting guard in the form of five-star, Chicago-bred, Max Christie and the college basketball-altering decision of National Gatorade Player of the Year and highest touted high school prospect since LeBron James, Emoni Bates, in just the matter of a nine-day span, the Spartan’s first commit for their potential 2021 dynasty may have slipped some people’s minds.

Source: The State News

5 days ago

With the recent addition of Max Christie to pair alongside Pierre Brooks on the wing, MSU has bulwarked the thinning depth at the SG/SF position for the 2021-22 season. All focus now shifts to the most crucial position of need, the point guard spot.

Source: Spartan Hoops

5 days ago

In this episode, new Michigan State commit Max Christie joins me & Justin Thind (from Rivals’ Spartan Mag) to discuss his commitment to Michigan State. Hear about how long MSU was his leader, what he thought of his official visit, who else he’s trying to recruit with him to MSU, and much more.

6 days ago

With all the words that you are about to read in the next couple of minutes, please remember one thing: We are talking about a 16-year-old athlete here. Not your everyday 16-year-old, I‘ll give you that. We are talking about a teenager who was named the best high school player in the entire nation, a kid who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 15 years of age and a young man that some people consider one of the best prospects the sport has ever seen.

Source: The Only Colors

6 days ago

Despite the power forward position finally being filled by Malik Hall after being a revolving door for three quarters of the 2019-20 season, the internal whisperings from the program indicate that had Joey Hauser been eligible he would have been an instant plug and play at the position.

Source: Spartan Hoops

6 days ago

After an explosive game three at Seton Hall where he carried the team in spots, finished with 17 points, five rebounds, and went a perfect 7/7 from the field (3/3 from three), Malik Hall struggled much of the season to provide consistency on a nightly basis. Through much of the first half of the season he was a walking foul, constantly out of position defensively, and his offensive punch from earlier in the season looked more like an anomaly than the norm.

Source: Spartan Hoops

6 days ago

Kalin Lucas was better than any player in program history at getting to the free throw line. His 507 career makes and 637 career attempts are both program records and played a major role in him becoming a top-five career scorer in program history. Drew Neitzel, meanwhile, hit his free throws at a higher clip than anyone in program history.

Source: mlive.com

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7 days ago

Wil and Matt react (professionally) to five-star shooting guard Max Christie committing to Michigan State. They break down the scholarship situation and some of Christie’s game. Then Matt talks with Christie’s high school coach, Kevin Katovich to learn more about what MSU is getting in their newest recruit.

7 days ago

7 days ago

After sparingly receiving five-star commitments over the past decade in comparison to other top tier programs (total of five since 2011 prior to Bates), Michigan State on Tuesday landed their second five-star commit in just eight days. Max Christie has now joined Pierre Brooks in the 2021 class to make up a lethal wing combination of shot-making and athleticism that has rarely graced MSU’s roster simultaneously.

Source: Spartan Hoops

7 days ago

Rocket Watts is a classic example of why watching games as opposed to peeking at box scores is crucial to understanding a player’s impact and development over the course of a season. Solely by the numbers, Watts had what would appear on the surface to be a rather underwhelming statistical season. He shot 39% from the field (worst among scholarship players) and carried an offensive rating (points produced divided by possessions used) of 95.2, the worst rating on the team

Source: Spartan Hoops

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