3 weeks ago

Here at The Only Colors, we have used the offseason to take a look back at Michigan State men’s basketball’s 2021-2022 season by reflecting on the individual performances of those players who are expected to return for the Spartans next year. As a reminder, we are examining how each player performed during the recent basketball season, where he is at this point in his MSU career, and what we might be able to expect in 2022-2023.

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4 weeks ago

So far this spring, we have examined the NCAA Tournament résumés of the top men’s basketball college head coaches over the past 40 years. We have found that just based on the raw numbers, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is among the best. When it comes to performance compared to expectation, Coach Izzo is the best of all time.

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4 weeks ago

Incoming Michigan State freshman Jaxon Kohler has seen his stock steadily rise since the end of last summer, which was about the time Tom Izzo’s program started sniffing around the big man from Utah. Kohler’s rise has only continued since signing with the Spartans last summer, earning a spot in the Iverson Classic all-star game and vaulting up the rankings to the No. 54 overall player in the class of 2022.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

1 month ago

“You got a lot of reasons to hire somebody,” Izzo said to Audrey Dahlgren of WLNS-TV on Wednesday at the Jack Breslin Golf Classic. “You want to kind of get somebody that’s outside, sometimes; I’ve always liked to hire some guys inside, part of the family. The three guys I’m looking at are all part of the family, and I think that’s gonna be good for us.”

Source: Spartan Tailgate

1 month ago

Tom Izzo and Draymond Green have continued helping one another in their basketball careers long after Green departed East Lansing for the NBA. And this week, Green revealed a glimpse into that relationship and how it helped him with his mindset as he advances deep into the NBA playoffs.

Source: MLive.com

1 month ago

It’s not the news Michigan State basketball fans were hoping to hear, but it appears the Spartans’ roster is set for the 2022-23 season. “Yeah, I think my roster is pretty well set,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Monday after he, athletic director Alan Haller and football coach Mel Tucker held a question-and-answer session at the DEC’s meeting. “You never know what could happen, but I think it’s pretty well set, and I’m happy with my roster.”

Source: Detroit News

1 month ago

When Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller was in the process of hiring the Spartans’ new hockey coach, Adam Nightingale, he had Tom Izzo and Mel Tucker meet with him. Not to assess his hockey prowess — Haller had a separate team of people for that — but to establish how they think he would mesh within MSU athletics. “We’re building a culture of excellence, within that culture of excellence in our Spartan family, fit is important and how that next coach fits in our family,” he said Monday afternoon at the Detroit Economic Club’s annual Spartan luncheon at MotorCity Casino. “They know that importance.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 month ago

The fifth season of the Big3, a three-on-three basketball league created by rapper Ice Cube in 2017, is around the corner, and three former Michigan State players are looking to get involved. MSU’s Alan Anderson, Brandon Wood, and Ray Weathers are all listed in the 2022 Big3 draft pool released by the league.

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1 month ago

Green said he has never been more “locked in” mentally and defensively, even during the Warriors’ run to five straight NBA Finals, than he is now. He’s allowing 37.3 % shooting as a closest defender in the 2022 playoffs, his best in the Steve Kerr era when excluding last year’s play-in, according to Second Spectrum.

Source: ESPN

1 month ago

Hauser was the starter at the power forward position for most of the year, and he certainly had his moments over the course of the season. None of those moments were brighter than his scoring explosion against Davidson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hauser finished the game with 27 points, 10 points above his previous season high, and converted nine of his 12 shots in a narrow one-point win for the Spartans. That game in itself was of tremendous value to MSU’s season, and easily the highlight of Hauser’s Spartan career so far.

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1 month ago

When Michigan State played two games in the NCAA Tournament in March, Mady Sissoko wasn’t able to get on the floor. When it starts next season in November, Sissoko is looking like Michigan State’s likely starting center. Get ready for a big change.

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1 month ago

A.J. Hoggard put together a significantly improved sophomore season for Michigan State last year. By the end of it, he was looking like the team’s point guard of the future and a player whose fortunes will likely play a key role in Michigan State’s play this season.

Source: MLive.com

1 month ago

Max Christie has jumped in the NBA Draft pool with both feet. Thursday at the NBA Combine, the Michigan State freshman explained why he wanted to turn pro after one season with the Spartans. “I think it’s just betting on myself and being confident in myself and the preparation that I’ve put into this game,” Christie told reporters in Chicago. “I think that’s just all it really is, just having confidence in myself and knowing that I feel like I’m ready for this level and able to contribute whenever that time comes.”

Source: Spartan Tailgate

1 month ago

No matter how this week goes for Max Christie, there’s no turning back now. Christie made the decision this week to remain in the 2022 NBA Draft, ending his career at Michigan State after just one season. Days after making that decision, he suited up in Chicago for the draft combine along with more than 70 other draft prospects.

Source: mlive.com

1 month ago

Not all paths in the NCAA Tournament are equally difficult. The entire structure of the tournament is based on the idea that the better teams (i.e. higher seeds) are given the easiest draw. But sometimes upsets occur and the occasional No. 15 seed wins a game (or three), busts the bracket, and clears the path for a No. 8 seed to survive to the Final weekend. Furthermore, not all No. 1 seeds (or No. 8 seeds or No. 15 seeds) are equally strong.

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1 month ago

Tom Izzo has made it clear that he takes issue with the seismic shift in college athletics these past few years. However, it isn’t as simple as that. The Hall of Famer has repeatedly said that he is in favor of players making money, but also that he feels it really hinders their own futures when they make their college commitments based purely on quick cash.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

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1 month ago

Gabe Brown hopes to extend his first job interview a few more days. And if it does not happen, the former Michigan State basketball captain wants to make sure he’s done enough to impress an NBA team to take him in the June draft. Brown is one of 44 prospects at G League Elite Camp, held Monday and Tuesday at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. A select group of those players get an invitation to the NBA draft combine in the same arena, starting Wednesday.

Source: Detroit Free Press

1 month ago

The 2021-2022 season ended for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State men’s basketball program on March 20, after the Spartans fell to the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32. Roughly two months later, a lot has changed for MSU — and not in a positive way, for the most part. Michigan State had three players with remaining eligibility enter the NBA Draft: senior forward Gabe Brown, senior center Marcus Bingham Jr. and freshman shooting guard Max Christie.

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1 month ago

Michigan State’s 2022 recruiting class is about to go from prospects to players. The Spartans’ class will enroll in East Lansing in the coming weeks to begin their summer conditioning and preparation for the 2022-23 season. That means forward Jaxon Kohler and point guard Tre Holloman will begin their work in East Lansing after months as Spartans signees; the Spartans also added an unranked recruit this month in center Carson Cooper.

Source: mlive.com

1 month ago

Max Christie’s tenure at Michigan State appears to have ended after just one season. The 6-foot-6 guard from Arlington Heights, Illinois, has signed with an agent and will remain in the NBA Draft. Christie is scheduled to participate this week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.

Source: Detroit News

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