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Michigan State Season Review…Departing Players

Now that we’ve had a few days to let the reality of the most shocking loss in MSU basketball history sink in (and I don’t think that’s hyperbolic), time is as good as any to review what happened in what was, IMO, overall one of the most entertaining and enjoyable seasons in Tom Izzo’s tenure. […]

Season Wrap – Departing Players

14-15 – Seniors BJ Dawson and Travis Trice were a huge part of MSU’s success this season, with both managing to help carve out their own spot in MSU’s storied program history as driving forces behind a Final Four run. Dawson was the guy who began his career with all the expectations. He was a […]

Season Wrap – Denzel Valentine

14-15 – While it wasn’t always easy or pretty, I think it’s clear that Denzel Valentine had his breakthrough season in 2014-15. After serving as a role player during his first two years in East Lansing, playing alongside future pros like Gary Harris and Adreian Payne, it was immediately obvious that he would have to […]

Season Wrap – Bryn Forbes

14-15 – Forbes came in as an immediately eligible hardship waiver transfer from Cleveland State, where he’d had a fine first two seasons for the Vikings as a primary guy in their offensive attack. At MSU, the role was always going to be a little bit different but still definitely significant, bringing his strength as […]

Season Wrap – Matt Costello

14-15 – The 6’10” junior from Bay City made some strides in his third year in the program, becoming a fairly steady presence at both ends of the floor by the back half of Big Ten play. Matt went through a weird stretch midseason where his ability to defend the pick and roll suddenly disappeared, […]

Season Wrap – Gavin Schilling

14-15 – The 6’9″ sophomore started 33 games this season, though he averaged only 17 mpg over the season. In part that was a reflection of the foul trouble he often found himself in, as Gav just couldn’t avoid the bad combination of overly aggressive defensive play and the lesser level of respect often shown […]

Season Wrap – Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr.

14-15 – Tum was the point guard recruit who actually wanted to come to East Lansing, getting added to the class after numerous higher ranked targets passed on the opportunity. While Tum had offers from multiple high level programs (Oklahoma and IU most notably), he wasn’t regarded at the same level as guys like Tyus […]

Season Wrap – Marvin Clark

14-15 – Marv definitely had a roller coaster ride of a freshman season. He scored 55 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in his first 6 games as a Spartan, putting up a couple of 15 point games in that run. In particular his three point shooting had some wondering if Marv had been grossly underrated […]

Season Wrap – Alvin Ellis III

14-15 – This was a confounding season from Ellis, right up until the last month, when he turned everything around and started to make the kind of impact some anticipated him being capable of at the season’s outset. By all accounts, Alvin had a bad summer. Izzo made reference to it, suggesting that he simply […]

Season Wrap – Javon Bess

Thought I’d do a season wrap going player by player, what they did and what we might have to look forward to next year. We’ll start out easy by talking about a guy who unfortunately didn’t get a chance to play nearly as much as anticipated, freshman guard Javon Bess. 14-15 – To call this […]