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Aaron Henry’s growth as a player throughout his Michigan State basketball career was rather impressive as he went from 6.1 points per game as a freshman to over 15 points per game as a junior, doing a little of everything well by the time he decided to enter the NBA draft.

Source: Spartan Avenue

2 days ago

Heading toward his 10th NBA season, Draymond Green remains one of the league’s best defensive players. The Golden State Warriors forward and former Michigan State star landed on the NBA All-Defensive first team for the fourth time in his career.

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Michigan State men’s basketball freshman shooting guard Max Christie arrived on campus in East Lansing in late May, and has been working out and practicing with the hoops squad while trying to get acclimated while he makes the transition form high school to college. On Monday, Christie met with the media for the first time as an official member of the Spartans.

Source: The Only Colors

2 days ago

The Spartans will be counting on Christie to make an immediate impact as they try and rebound from what can be considered a subpar season, one that ended with a 15-13 record and a loss in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament. Christie is up to the task. However, he’s also doing his best not to put too much pressure on himself.

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6 days ago

While I recently examined the current state of the Spartans’ men’s basketball depth-chart, and while I gave an update on recruiting a little over a month ago, a number of developments on the recruiting front and across the college basketball landscape, more generally, lead me to write another recruiting update that also provides some insight into the future team-building strategy that Tom Izzo and his staff appear to have settled on for at least the next couple of years.

Source: The Only Colors

6 days ago

As of the middle of this week, Michigan State was one summer practice into the 2021-22 season. But that didn’t stop Tom Izzo from making some early observations about his team five months before it opens play. “We’re a very good academic team,” Izzo said on Wednesday. “We’re a very good athletic team, and I think a very, very good together team.”

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7 days ago

Former Michigan State basketball point guard Keith Appling will be arraigned via Zoom today in Detroit’s 36th District Court. Appling faces multiple charges, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy: one count of first-degree murder, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm. Appling is accused of fatally shooting his relative, Clyde Edmonds, multiple times on May 22 after an argument over a handgun. He fled the scene with his girlfriend, who will also be arraigned today with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of lying to a police officer.

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Tom Izzo spent part of his Wednesday morning making an appearance on the 97.1 the Ticket’s morning show. With Michigan State basketball starting summer practice this week, it is time to start making strides for the upcoming season. There was a lot to digest for Coach Izzo as he starts preparing for the 2021-22 campaign.

Source: Spartans Wire

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The 2020-21 NBA season has come to an end and it gives us time to reflect on which former Spartans did the best in the NBA this season. From Miles Bridges to Cassius Winston to Jaren Jackson Jr., let’s take a look at how all of the Spartans did this season

Source: Spartans Wire

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Michigan State’s men’s basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo announced several staffing changes, with Doug Wojcik moving to assistant coach and three former Spartan standouts returning to the program.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

2 weeks ago

In episode 36 of MLive’s Spartan Confidential podcast, reporters Brandon Champion, Kyle Austin, and Matt Wenzel return from a break to discuss the long-awaited end of the NCAA’s recruiting dead period and its impact on Mel Tucker and Tom Izzo. Also, does Mike Krzyzewski’s retirement announcement speed up Izzo’s timeline?

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On Friday, shooting guard Max Christie (Illinois) and small forward Pierre Brooks (Michigan) were both named the winners of the prestigious honor for their states. The two are members of Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class, which ranks No. 2 in the B1G and No. 10 nationally, per 247Sports.

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2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo, has found Drew Denisco’s replacement and he didn’t have to look far to find him. One of his former players, Austin Thornton, is making his return to East Lansing and he will serve as the new video coordinator for the Spartans. A job Denisco left, back in May, to join Eastern Michigan’s staff.

Source: WLNS 6 News

2 weeks ago

Tyson Walker has always admired Michigan State’s basketball team from afar, especially the way Tom Izzo utilizes his point guards. It’s why the Northeastern University transfer didn’t even need to step foot on campus to know that East Lansing was the place for him. “I watched a lot when they had Cassius (Winston) and how they’d get up and down,” said Walker. “A lot of pick and rolls with them and they kind of let them flow through the offense. I just like playing like that.”

Source: WLNS 6 News

2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo joins Seth Greenberg and Dan Dakich to discuss a crazy June for recruiting with COVID-19 restrictions loosening, why he thinks the new transfer rules aren’t in the best interest of the players, recruiting against the G League, relating to his players through their dislike of school and if coaches will have to constantly recruit their own players.

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At this point, while the team still has two open scholarships, the staff appears content with the roster as-is, especially given the impressively talented walk-ons that Tom Izzo has added in Peter Nwoke, Keon Coleman, and Maliq Carr (the latter two who will attempt to play basketball after football season ends — we’ll see if it happens). With a few months of offseason before what will likely become the defining season of the end of Tom Izzo’s tenure in East Lansing, let’s take a look at the depth chart and project how the team will shape up.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

It’s open season for college basketball recruiting once again. More than a year after all in-person recruiting shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCAA dead period is ending on Tuesday, June 1. For college basketball, that means recruiting will enter a “quiet period”, during which prospects can visit campus and have face-to-face conversations with coaches.

Source: mlive.com

3 weeks ago

Is Michigan State gaining some momentum in one of the tougher recruiting areas in the country? That’s the hope, as the Spartans shoot for their second straight Chicago-area commit in as many recruiting classes. The Spartans are among the suitors for Jaden Schutt, a three-star shooting guard at Yorkville Christian High School in Illinois.

Source: mlive.com

3 weeks ago

Year one can’t really be considered a success for AJ Hoggard with Michigan State basketball but it also wasn’t a failure. Hoggard looked like a point guard who showed flashes of being able to lead an offense but his lack of quality shooting was holding him back. Defenses pretty much didn’t have to account for him around the perimeter with his 16 percent shooting from deep and 31 percent field goal rate.

Source: Spartan Avenue

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