Posted on: March 23, 2010 5:20 pm

The Future of Michigan State Basketball

While MSU is still in the tournament i thought we could take a peak at next years team. The Spartans should continue their dominance in the Big-10 with the 6th best recruiting class in the country along with a stellar group of remaining players. Lets take a look by position.

PG- My guess is that one way or another Kalin Lucas will not play for us next year although it remains a possibility. The options without him are Korie Lucious, a small but very athletic gaurd who has shown he can hit clutch shots. He is the most expierenced option as he will be entering his junior year. The other major option will be incoming 4 star recruit Keith Appling, rated in the top 40 recruits in the country he has plenty of talent. He is bigger than the Kalin was and is more of a perimeter scorer. Either one of these guys could start at the point but i would go with Lucious because of his expierence.

SG- Durrell Summers seems to have this job secured, he's a good shooter who has shot great from the 3-point line in the tournament this year. He is very athletic and can make ridiculous plays, but he is prone to cold stretches and can be inconsistent. Chris Allen is a solid backup and another good 3-point shooter, both him and Summers will be seniors.

SF- Delvon Roe will have to replace Raymar Morgan, and they are very similar players. Delvon may be the most athletic player on the team with the ability to make eye popping dunks and blocks. His big problem is injuries, specificaly his knees. Once again he will have to undergoe off-season surgery. An imcoming freshman Russell Byrd should provide some backup for Delvon. Byrd is not an athletic player but an excellent catch and shoot player who may be able to provide some 3-point help.

PF- Draymond Green will likely start here next season, while he may be somewhat undersized he is a leader on the floor. He can dominate the boards and make excellent passes and will rack up assists. Draymond may be the most valuable player to this team and he is only entering his junior year. Freshman Alex Gauna should provide some back up with the reserves centers also getting some playing time here also.

C- 5-Star recruit Freshman Adreian Payne will likely start here, ranked in the top 20 nationaly he looks to be a great talent. While his scoring may not be great next season he will help continue the Sparty tradition of dominate rebounding teams, he is also an excellent shot blocker and defensive player. He can take cames over at times, but also disappear. Derrick Nix has a shot at starting also, former Michigan Mr. Basketball had a decent Freshman year albeit with limited playing time, he is another big body who can dominate the boards. Garrick Sherman will most likley be the 3rd string center.

This Spartan team has some expierence along with some highly touted freshman who should could easily make a deep tournament run.
Posted on: March 19, 2010 5:38 pm

March Madness- Best in years

While last years NCAA was very exciting to me because my Michigan State Spartans made it to the championship. All in all it was a very boring tournament, there were hardly any upsets. But in 2010 the tournament has been full of upsets (there have been more upsets in the first round than the entire 09' tournament) it seems that no team is safe. While my bracket may not be doing that well, i am very happy to see the upsets and it makes the tournament much more exciting to watch. So far my favorite moment would still have to be Murray State's upset of Vanderbilt, it was one of those perfect tournament moments. The Notre Dame v.s Old Dominion game was pretty good, and of cournse Ohio University's win over Georgetown was awesome although it wasnt very close. Looking ahead for the second round based on the games ive seen so far, i really think Ohio has a shot to make it to the Sweet 16 with a win over Tennessee. Here is my list of games to watch in the second round.

Michigan State v.s Maryland (If they both win their games)
Tennesse v.s Ohio
Gonzaga v.s Syracuse (If they both win their games)
Xavier v.s Pittsburgh
Cornell v.s Wisconson
Missouri v.s West Virginia

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