Michigan State basketball: Appling and Dawson land two-year deals in the NBA

For those of you who don’t keep up with the NBA Summer League, it has been a breakout session for several former Spartans. Perhaps most significant was the play of Keith Appling and Branden Dawson who have each earned themselves two-year contracts with the teams they played with during the Orlando Summer League. Photo Credit: David Harns/isportsweb Dawson signed his deal with...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: The impact of Deyonta Davis

While Spartan fans heard the news earlier in the week of Eron Harris being suspended from the team indefinitely, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. We are only a short four months away from college basketball season, but Deyonta Davis is already creating waves of anticipation in East Lansing. He’s already drawing the comparisons to that of Adreian Payne and Draymond...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

5-star SF Miles Bridges to visit Kentucky, Michigan State

Five-star small forward Miles Bridges, out of West Virginia’s Huntington Prep, has planned official visits to Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky. Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal reported Bridges’ plans. Bridges on that show in front of those coaches: "It's an amazing feeling." Official visit to UK for madness, to MSU for Oregon football game — Kyle...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans make impact in NBA Summer League

These next couple of weeks will impact the immediate NBA futures of borderline NBA-talent, recent late draft picks, and undrafted rookie free agents. The NBA Summer League kicked off during the course of the holiday weekend. There are three different leagues that will take place over the remaining 23 days, with the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League beginning the action...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: NBA Summer League Stats

Over the course of the next few weeks, you can come right here to check out how former Michigan State basketball players Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Keith Appling and Gary Harris are performing in the NBA Summer Leagues, as well as their schedules. According to, other possible participants include Adreian Payne and Kalin Lucas. Payne, and maybe Lucas, along with any other...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: MSU Put Together A Video Recap Of Branden Dawson’s Emotional NBA Draft Night

Michigan State fans had to wait a while before one of their Spartans went off the board during Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Branden Dawson was the lone Spartan selected, and a video team from MSU was with his draft party to document the experience. Dawson is in good spirits throughout, but when he is finally selected with the 56th pick by the New Orleans Pelicans, the Final Four...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers select MSU's Dawson with No. 56 pick

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers began the day without a pick in the NBA draft, but they got one anyway. They paid the New Orleans Pelicans for the 56th pick, then selected Michigan State forward Branden Dawson late Thursday night. "One of the things we had talked about for some time was looking to buy in to the second round because we didn't have a pick in this draft...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: How does Dawson fit in with LAC?

Last night, Michigan State basketball forward Branden Dawson was selected with the 56th overall pick in the NBA Draft. After being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans, the undersized power forward was promptly shipped to the Los Angeles Clippers for a fee of $600,000.  A guaranteed opportunity to make the Clippers roster awaits Dawson. But where does he fit in with Doc Rivers’...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State basketball: Dawson is a Los Angeles Clipper

It was a long night for former MSU Spartan Branden Dawson. In what is every major college basketball player’s dream, Dawson spent hours late Thursday night and even on into Friday morning waiting to hear his name called. Finally, with the 56th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, his name was called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as a selection of the New Orleans Pelicans. Dawson...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans sell rights to 56th pick Michigan State F Dawson

The New Orleans Pelicans sold the rights Thursday night to its only NBA draft pick. The Pelicans selected power forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th pick before team officials said they moved him to a team they didn't name. Dawson would have been Alvin Gentry's first as head coach for New Orleans. New Orleans traded its 2015 first-round pick to Houston before...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans take F Dawson from Michigan State with 56th pick

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry had to wait until late in the second round of Thursday night's NBA draft before putting his initial fingerprint on the franchise. The Pelicans selected forward Branden Dawson from Michigan State with the 56th overall pick, Gentry's first since being named coach on May 30. New Orleans traded its 2015 first-round pick to Houston...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Branden Dawson NBA Draft profile

With the NBA Draft taking place tonight and two Michigan State basketball players looking to continue their careers at the highest level, we are going to look at these prospects in a little more detail. Yesterday we picked apart Travis Trice and his best shot to make the league. Today, we do the same with fellow Spartan, Branden Dawson. Strengths: In some ways, Dawson is like Draymond...
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Counting down the top 20 players in the Izzo era. #17 Branden Dawson

Last week, we started counting down the top 20 players for Michigan State basketball over the 20 years of Tom Izzo being in charge of the program. Just a reminder, when making this list, stats were not the only thing considered.  Skill, leadership, what they accomplished at Michigan State and their impact on the program were all looked at. What these players accomplished overseas...
May 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Branden Dawson, Kyle Wiltjer, and the Best of the Elite Eight

​ It feels as though college basketball has been criticized this season for a lack of fluid, skillful, and enjoyable style more than ever in recent memory. The games this weekend didn’t exemplify the sport in its purest form, but the NCAA Tournament continues to provide great basketball moments full of talent, entertainment, and emotion. At first glance a Final Four of Duke...
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March 30, 2015  |  Discuss

In A League Of Izzone: Tom Izzo Puts Michigan State’s Spare Parts Together, Reaching His Seventh Final Four

The number seven is paramount in the present-day world of Tom Izzo… not because he’s lucky, but because he’s so darn good at what he does. Sunday in Syracuse, in a game that was as contentious and even as everyone expected it to be, Izzo’s Michigan State team had the final say on a last-minute overtime putback by Branden Dawson, edging past a determined Louisville side that...
Via The Student Section
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Branden Dawson’s putback seals Final Four berth for Sparty

The Michigan State Spartans have done the unthinkable and have taken a No. 7 seed all the way to the Final Four with their win over the Louisville Cardinals. This putback by Branden Dawson was the nail in the coffin…
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Branden Dawson’s putback seals Final Four berth for Sparty

The Michigan State Spartans have done the unthinkable and have taken a No. 7 seed all the way to the Final Four with their win over the Louisville Cardinals. This putback by Branden Dawson was the nail in the coffin…
Via The Student Section
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Louisville Preview

Despite a poor start late Friday, the Michigan State Spartans managed to keep things together and forge an impressive second half comeback to beat the Oklahoma Sooners. As a result, the Spartans earned the chance to play for another Final Four Sunday, and a familiar tournament foe awaits them in the Louisville Cardinals. Michigan State dispatched Louisville on the way to the Final...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Michigan State's Branden Dawson With the "Get That S*** Outta Here" Block of the Night Against Oklahoma

The Spartans had been behind for most of the night against Oklahoma, but with about 9:30 left in the game Braden Dawson hit a jumper to give Michigan State a 44-42 lead. It didn't take long for Oklahoma to try and tie the game back up. Tashawn Thomas went for the dunk on the next possession, but Dawson didn't feel like losing the lead just yet.So he made sure the Spartans didn't. Read more »
Via FatManWriting
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Izzo’s speech prior to Virginia game (VIDEO)

CBS Sports Tom Izzo gave a pretty low-key speech prior to Michigan State’s win over Virginia in the round of 32.  CBS Sports released a video Thursday. Mainly directed at seniors Travis Trice and Branden Dawson, the speech is energizing. It gives you goose bumps.   After hearing Tom Izzo’s pre-game speech, it’s not a big surprise that the Michigan State Spartans...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Michigan State's Branden Dawson With the "Not in My House" Block of the Day

Michigan State took a few minutes to start making some baskets in their game against Georgia early Friday afternoon. It actually took around three and half minutes before they got on the board (a Travis Trice three), but thanks to some solid defense--like Branden Dawson's block (below)--they were only a point behind at the time.Well done Branden. Well done indeed.via Bleacher ReportRead more »
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

East Region Preview: Something for Everyone

​ The East Region has a little bit of everything. Villanova, the number two overall team in the field, headlines the group. The Virginia Cavaliers, regular season champions in the ACC for the second year in a row, have built off of last season’s success and will look to improve upon last year’s Sweet 16 appearance. Northern Iowa, the newest Missouri Valley upstart, earned...
Via The Sports Post
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State vs. Georgia– Game Time, TV Channel, Announcers, Betting Line, Predictions

Tom Izzo’s MSU teams traditionally fare well in March Michigan State lost a heartbreaker in the Big Ten Championship game today against Wisconsin, but still earned the No. 7 seed in the East. They’ll face 10th-seeded Georgia, with the winner likely getting No. 2 seed Virginia.  Be sure to check out our printable 2015 NCAA Tournament bracket here. Date: Friday, March 20 Time...
Via College Spun
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State Basketball: Spartans can’t finish, drop Championship to Badgers

The Michigan State Spartans let a second consecutive Big Ten Tournament Championship fall out of their fingers when they blew a late lead in an 80-69 overtime loss to the Wisconsin Badgers. The Michigan State Spartans were down 41-40 before going on a 17-5 run, highlighted by eight straight Denzel Valentine points and a patented Branden Dawson breakaway dunk, to take a 57-46 lead...
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State moving on after 76-67 win over Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament

Denzel Valentine had 23 points and 8 rebounds while Branden Dawson added 14 points as Michigan State defeated Ohio State 76-67 in their Big Ten tournament opener Friday night. The Spartans also took advantage of stellar passing finishing with 23 assists on 29 total field goals while shooting .475 from he field and out rebounding the Buckeyes 34-32. (Read More at The Majors East Lansing)
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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