Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:57 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 Free Press sports writer Chris Solari breaks down the college basketball season-opener between No. 10 Michigan State and No. 1 Kansas at the Champions Classic: When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: BankersLife Fieldhouse, Indianapolis TV/radio: ESPN, WJR-AM (760). In the paint Coach Tom Izzo on Monday called Kansas center Udoka Azubuike “a monster” to defend. The 7-foot, 270-pound junior is the Jayhawks’ leading returning scorer at 13.0 points a game and top rebounder at 7.0 per game. Azubuike and junior forward Mitch Lightfoot combined to block 104 shots last year for Kansas, and the Jayhawks added 6-9 Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson as a preseason All-American to their already deep frontcourt. That combination could make scoring around the basket difficult for Nick Ward, who bypassed the NBA draft and returns to MSU after averaging 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds a year ago. The junior becomes the focal … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball vs. Kansas: Here’s our prediction
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Chris Thomas Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 Meet Michigan State's 2018-19 men's basketball team: The players G/F Kyle Ahrens R-Jr., 6-6, 210 2017-18 stats: Missed season with injury. G Joshua Langford Jr., 6-5, 210 2017-18 stats: 11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, .404 3FG% G Foster Loyer Fr., 6-0, 170 2017-18 stats: 27.0 ppg, 7.0 apg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 spg at Clarkston. More: Michigan State: Foster Loyer looks like he may help, even at Moneyball G Cassius Winston Jr., 6-1, 185 2017-18 stats: 12.6 ppg, 6.9 apg, .507 FG%, .497 3FG% More: Next step for Michigan State's Cassius Winston: Be vocal leader G Jack Hoiberg R-Fr., 5-11, 175 2017-18 stats: Did not play last season. F Aaron Henry Fr., 6-6, 210 2017-18 stats: 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 4.0 apg at Indianapolis Ben Davis. F Gabe Brown Fr., 6-7, 210 2017-18 stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg at Belleville. G Brock Washington R-Fr., 6-4, 185 2017-18 stats: Did not play last season. F Thomas Kithier Fr., 6-8, 225 … [Read more...] about 2018-19 Michigan State basketball roster: Meet the players
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Nov 2, 2018 EAST LANSING — Joshua Langford does not want to bring up last season. At least not the way it ended for Michigan State’s basketball team. The swirling controversies. The loss to Michigan in New York. All the missed shots against Syracuse in Detroit. A second straight second-round NCAA tournament exit and the gut-gnawing knowledge that Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson Jr. aren’t coming back this season. “I try not to think about it anymore, because I don’t have a time machine, so I can’t go back in the past and change anything,” Langford said during team media day. “I didn’t realize we had really lost until like two weeks after we had played. I still couldn’t believe we had actually lost. It’s still hard to think back and know the team that we had definitely could have won the national championship, hands down. “But I still say it doesn’t … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball: Sweet 16 goal ‘set in stone’
Perry A. Farrell Detroit Free Press Published 10:25 AM EDT Sep 25, 2018 Mark (Rocket) Watts has entrusted his future into the hands of Hall of Fame basketball coach Tom Izzo. That means he better be ready to become a point guard and get yelled at a lot. The prolific scorer at Detroit Old Redford and on the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League circuit before transferring to SPIRE Academy in suburban Cleveland, Watts announced hit his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday for the class of 2019. Izzo may use the 4-star prospect occasionally at shooting guard when he joins the Spartans. But at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Watts is roughly the size of Keith Appling, who was named Michigan Mr. Basketball in 2010 as an elite scorer at Detroit Pershing. But he had issues adjusting to point guard at MSU. “Honestly, MSU is a great situation for him because it lets him do what he does at first and also he has a full year under his belt to cultivate his point guard ability," … [Read more...] about Michigan State basketball: Can Rocket Watts be point guard?
Matt Charboneau The Detroit News Published 7:25 p.m. UTC May 29, 2018 The clock is ticking for Michigan State's Nick Ward. The same can be said for a handful of college basketball players who declared for next month's NBA Draft but did not hire an agent, Michigan's Charles Matthews included. That's because the deadline to withdraw from the draft and return to college is on Wednesday. Announce his withdrawal before the deadline and Ward will return to Michigan State for his junior season. Let the deadline pass and Ward is not only rolling the dice on his NBA future, but he will officially be done in college. It might seem like a clear decision for Ward, the 6-foot-8 big man who did not receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Combine. However, he has had several workouts with NBA teams, including the Pistons, meaning teams are at least interested in seeing what Ward could provide. Getting drafted, however, seems like a long shot for Ward. Forget that he doesn't show up on most … [Read more...] about Michigan State’s Ward faces looming NBA deadline