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MSU’s Denzel Valentine Posts Heartfelt Message To Teammate Gary Harris Ahead Of NBA Draft

When all is said and done Thursday night, three former Michigan State Spartans (Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, Keith Appling) could be drafted onto NBA rosters. Arguably the player with the most upside is Harris, a shooting guard who chose to leave the university after just his sophomore season. In one of the more heartfelt moments we’ve recently seen on Instagram, his former teammate...
Via College Spun
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball: Small forward position preview

Out of the five spots on the floor, the small forward position is probably the one worrying Tom Izzo the least going into 2014. He has a ton of guys who can play it, including proven playmakers like Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson. Like most of the other spots on the court, there are a slew of Spartans who will see time at small forward next season, but I’ll discuss the three...
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Denzel Valentine steps up for Michigan State with added responsibilities

Denzel Valentine insists he’s not waiting for the anvil to fall on his head like he’s Wile E. Coyote. And considering the way he has played the past few games, that’s a good thing for Michigan State. In Thursday’s 85-70 victory over Northwestern, the sophomore was busy filling the stat sheet once again, scoring a career-high 16 points while handing out six assists and grabbing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Loaded? We'll know soon enough which direction Spartans are marching

Denzel Valentine took a seat with the rest of the Michigan State starters with about 90 seconds left in Thursday night’s 85-70 victory over Northwestern at the Breslin Center. He immediately threw his arm around the shoulder of Tom Izzo as if to console him, and if it looked like a bit of a role reversal — with a laugh, Valentine assured me it wasn’t — it would’ve been...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Basketball stumbles against Georgetown Hoyas

Well then… Not much looked good out on the floor of Madison Square Garden for the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, who were upset by the Georgetown Hoyas (12-9, 3-6) by a score of 64-60. Not the shooting. Michigan State could have helped build the house in The Three Little Pigs that doesn’t get blown down by the big bad wolf in the end with all the...
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo wasn’t happy with Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine (VIDEO)

YouTube Tom Izzo was unhappy (severe understatement) with Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine while Michigan State was in the midst of blowing a 17-point lead to Ohio State Tuesday.  Izzo expressed his frustration (understatement) during a timeout with two minutes left in regulation. Playing for Izzo is not for the weak.
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Spartans may rely on Valentine

Michigan State needs freshman Denzel Valentine to turn his potential into production. Soon. ''I'm expecting big things out of him,'' Spartans coach Tom Izzo said. The versatile guard likely will play an expanded role when the 12th-ranked Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) host No. 18 Minnesota (18-4, 5-4) on Wednesday night. ''He's not a freshman anymore...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan State vs. Oakland University Preview: Valentines And Apples

Oakland University makes the short trek to the Breslin Center tonight to face off against #15 Michigan State in what has become a somewhat regular matchup for these schools. Generally the Spartans have dispatched the Grizzlies with relative ease, although the last meeting was a nail biter as back in 2010 MSU barely edged Oakland by the score of 77-76. I don’t expect it to be as...
Via Banks Of The Red Cedar
November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball: Valentine family showdown

There are a lot of interesting things to say about a basketball coach by the name of Carlton Valentine. For starters, throughout the mid to late 1980s, Valentine was a key player for the Michigan State basketball team. During his college career, the athletic 6’5″ player from Washington D.C. was one of the team leaders in both points and rebounds. After his playing days were...
November 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Denzel “home run hitter” Valentine

EAST LANSING — With only two games under his belt, Michigan State’s 6-5 freshman Denzel Valentine has been crowned the team’s best passer by head coach Tom Izzo. While his statistics may not necessarily show it right now, as he averages 2.5 assists per game, he has made numerous passes in the first two games that nobody else on this team would even consider. However, today...
November 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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