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  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Miles Bridges put on quite the show at Moneyball

    The first time Miles Bridges stepped on the court for the Moneyball Pro-Am, everyone in attendance watched in awe with their jaws on the ground.

    The former Michigan State basketball star was putting on a show every offseason and making fans dream of the Flint-native hoisting the national title trophy after superstar-ing his way through the NCAA Tournament, Magic Johnson-style.

    While that never happened, he still left Spartan fans with plenty of memories, including highlights to look back at and reminisce over. He truly was one of those once-in-a-generation athletes and every time he laced up the sneakers, he was a candidate to put on a show.

    The first time Miles Bridges stepped on the court for the Moneyball Pro-Am, everyone in attendance watched in awe with their jaws on the ground.

    The former Michigan State basketball star was putting on a show every offseason and making fans dream of the Flint-native hoisting the national title trophy after superstar-ing his way through the NCAA Tournament, Magic Johnson-style.

    While that never happened, he still left Spartan fans with plenty of memories, including highlights to look back at and reminisce over. He truly was one of those once-in-a-generation athletes and every time he laced up the sneakers, he was a candidate to put on a show.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Rocket Watts clears air on rumors

    Although he had signed his letter of intent after the early signing period, Michigan State basketball has been waiting for talented four-star freshman Rocket Watts to report to campus.

    It's not like he's been a no-show for any serious reasons, but he's been working out with some big names this offseason, including former Spartan point guard and current Detroit Piston Kalin Lucas.

    Some has started rumors about Watts' eligibility saying that he may not get to campus until late August despite the rest of the freshman class already reporting. Some have said he needs to finish up some classes and Watts dispelled any rumors about his eligibility, stating on Twitter that he's excited to get to school next week.

  • The Detroit News: Moneyball Pro-Am rosters boast Michigan State, Michigan flavor

    (Photo: Robin Buckson, Detroit News)

    College basketball fans won't have to wait until winter to catch a glimpse of Michigan and Michigan State players on the same court.

    A handful of Wolverines and 12 Spartans will be taking part in the 16th annual Moneyball Pro-Am summer league starting Thursday.

    Michigan's Isaiah Livers and David DeJulius will team up with Michigan State's Rocket Watts and Conner George on Team Exclusive, while Michigan's Zavier Simpson and Adrien Nunez will be joined by Michigan State's Aaron Henry and Julius Marble on Team Freeze.

    Aside from a one-game cameo from former Michigan standout Derrick Walton Jr.

  • Detroit Free Press: Tom Izzo donates $1.1 million to Michigan State hockey Munn Arena project

    Michigan State hockey coach Danton Cole talks about the impact the renovations to Munn Ice Arena will have on his program. Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal

    EAST LANSING -- Tom Izzo already has given to an expansion project for Spartan Stadium.

    He and his family now are giving Michigan State another big contribution to renovate Munn Ice Arena.

    MSU announced Izzo and his wife, Lupe, are donating $1.1 million for the recently approved addition to the Spartans' hockey home.

    "Our basketball program is so very fortunate to have the support of many individuals and donors who understand how important facilities and scholarships are to recruiting and competing for championships," Izzo said in a statement.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Kenny Goins gets shot with Nuggets

    Zion Williamson's worst nightmare has come true as Kenny Goins is joining the Western Conference with him -- in the NBA Summer League.

    On Friday evening, Going agreed to a deal which will make him part of the Nuggets' Summer League team and give him an opportunity to make a roster or at least compete for a two-way contract before the 2019-20 season.

    You have to applaud what Goins has done in his college career. He went from unknown recruiting commodity to walk-on, playing a role on scout team for the Final Four-bound Spartans in 2015. He then earned more playing time, and eventually a scholarship, and became a crucial member of another Final Four team in his senior year.

  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball's Kenny Goins joining Denver Nuggets for Summer League

    Make it three former Michigan State basketball players who will be reuniting in Las Vegas this summer.

    And Kenny Goins, Nick Ward and Matt McQuaid all hope what happens in Vegas will allow them to make their next destination the NBA.

    Goins agreed to play for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League, which runs from July 5-15, according to The Athletic and retweeted by Goins' representatives at Edge Sports International.

    The former Spartan walk-on will join Ward (Atlanta Hawks) and McQuaid (Detroit Pistons) as undrafted players hoping to make an impression and land an NBA roster spot, a two-way deal or a job in the Gatorate League this fall.

  • The Only Colors: Spartans in the NBA: Nick Ward signs with Atlanta Hawks, Kenny Goins signs with Denver Nuggets

    Nick Ward, the former Michigan State Spartans big man, is getting his shot in the NBA. He signed a summer league deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to multiple reports.

    Former Michigan State forward Nick Ward has agreed to play for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Summer League.

    -- Chris Solari (@chrissolari) June 21, 2019

    Fellow Spartan Kenny Goins signed a similar deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

    Former Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Goins has agreed to play Summer League with the Denver Nuggets, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA.

  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State's Matt McQuaid to play for Detroit Pistons in NBA Summer League

    Michigan State basketball guard Matt McQuaid speaks to the media after his predraft workout with the Detroit Pistons on June 4, 2019. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press

    Matt McQuaid has found an NBA home for the summer. And he didn't have to go very far.

    The Detroit Pistons agreed to a summer league deal with the former Michigan State basketball captain, two league sources confirmed to the Free Press.

    McQuaid helped lead the 32-7 Spartans to the Final Four in April, along with Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard averaged 9.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Nick Ward finally gets opportunity with Hawks

    The wait is over. Nick Ward entered the NBA draft after his sophomore year and decided to come back in order to improve his stock.

    A year later and he found himself undrafted following the process, which may have been different had he not broken his hand against Ohio State in the final month of the regular season. He may have held his starting job and continued his rise up draft boards with an improved jump shot as well as defense.

    However, he faced an uphill battle in the draft process, worked out for a couple of teams and went two rounds on Thursday night without hearing his name called.

  • The Detroit News: MSU's Matt McQuaid (Pistons), Nick Ward (Hawks) agree to summer league deals

    The Pistons' first round draft pick, Sekou Doumbouya, talks about his life and his game during his introductory press conference. Daniel Mears, The Detroit News

    Michigan State didn't have a player taken in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, but it didn't take long for a couple of former Spartans to catch on at the next level.

    Matt McQuaid has signed a summer league deal with the Detroit Pistons while Nick Ward agreed to a similar deal with the Atlanta Hawks, sources told The Detroit News on Friday.

    The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the deals.

  • The Only Colors: Michigan State captain Matt McQuaid signs with Detroit Pistons

    Matt McQuaid is staying in Michigan to continue his basketball career. After going undrafted, the former Spartan is signing with the Detroit Pistons, according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto.

    The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a deal with former Michigan State Spartans guard Matt McQuaid, a league source told @TheAthleticNBA.

    -- Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) June 21, 2019

    McQuaid, a senior captain this past season, averaged 9.8 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game during the 2018-2019 season, while shooting 43.2 percent from the floor, 42.

  • Detroit Free Press: ESPN's Jay Bilas: Michigan State's Nick Ward 'absolutely' can play in NBA

    MSU's Nick Ward says he has lost weight, added muscle and has surprised teams with his jump shot, after working out for Pistons, June 14, 2019. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press

    Nick Ward's decision to leave Michigan State basketball a year early to pursue professional basketball brought out a number of detractors, including some from his school's fan base.

    Count Jay Bilas among those going in to Thursday night's draft who think the power forward can someday make it in the NBA.

    "Can he play in the NBA? Absolutely, he can," the ESPN college basketball analyst said on a conference call earlier this week.

  • Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball to host Cassius Winston's brothers, Albion in exhibition

    Michigan State players dissect their season-ending 61-51 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at the Final Four and begin looking ahead to next season.

    Cassius Winston's decision to return to Michigan State basketball for his senior season will have a family tie to it.

    The Spartans will host Division III Albion College for an exhibition basketball game Oct. 29 at Breslin Center. Winston's younger brothers, Zachary and Khy, play for the Britons.

    "This will be a memorable experience for the players, staff, and community of Albion College as well as the Winston family," Albion coach Jody May said in a statement.

  • Fansided: Michigan State Basketball: Xavier Tillman ranked Big Ten's No. 1 center

    Before the 2018-19 season, everyone was expecting big things from Xavier Tillman, especially after his body transformation hit social media.

    Tillman had averaged just 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes as a true freshman the season before but anyone with a pulse who watched Michigan State knew that he was on the verge of something great. He was sitting behind guys like Jaren Jackson Jr., Gavin Schilling, Nick Ward and Ben Carter in the post on a loaded team, but his opportunity would soon come.

    As a sophomore, he saw his minutes increase immediately.

  • The Detroit News: Draymond Green's draft advice to fellow Spartan Nick Ward: Outwork the next guy

    Warren -- On the eve of the NBA Draft, former Michigan State basketball player Draymond Green was back in Michigan on Wednesday and talked about his memories of the draft and the road ahead for fellow Spartan Nick Ward.

    The three-time NBA champion's prominent recollection from the 2012 night when he was taken 35th overall by Golden State?

    Waiting.

    "But that was one of the best nights of my life," Green said. "Just to hear my name called and to know I would have the opportunity to carve out a career in a league that I was always a fan of was something special to me.

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