Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Marcus Taylor’s life is not a great American tragedy. He wanted to make sure that came across Wednesday at the end of an hour-long interview. He does understand, though, that his is a quintessential story of what might have been. He was a childhood basketball legend — that's perhaps an understatement — who fell short of his dreams and expectations. Then, to a world that once followed his every move, he disappeared.
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Football theonlycolors.com —  Malik McDowell has had a great career in East Lansing thus far, but many believe he's on the verge of superstardom.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  The Michigan State basketball team loses two guards that were monumental to last season’s success in Denzel Valentine and Byrn Forbes. Valentine and Forbes made up one of the best back court duos in college basketball last season, but both are gone now, which leaves a hole at those positions. Tum Tum Nairn will likely start the season at point guard and Eron Harris has secured his spot as one of the starting wings, but where does Cassius Winston fit in?
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Football freep.com —  Year after year, the so-called expert recruiting services give Michigan State football mediocre chances of landing big name recruits. Year after year these same services rank the MSU classes average at best – solidly behind other Big Ten schools. Yet since 2010, Mark Dantonio’s Spartans have defied expert logic and have produced five seasons of at least 11 wins while finishing with a ranking in the top six each of the past three years. MSU has proven they belong in the national championship discussion. Recruits like to play for winning programs and Mark Dantonio has a winning program. So why do recruiting services suggest otherwise?
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Football btn.com —  Lots of talent in East Lansing. Senior Riley Bullough will be one of the Big Ten’s best. He is Mr. Spartan, a true leader and Michigan State legacy who bleeds Green and White. Senior Ed Davis is expected to be back for a sixth season after a knee injury KO’d him in 2015. Sophomore Andrew Dowell teems with potential and could be a future star. Junior Jon Reschke is starting-caliber, along with fellow juniors Chris Frey and Shane Jones.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  “As you get older, I think just wanting to be a part of a good situation,” Stanton said. “There’s not a written rule on how you become a starting quarterback in this league and how you can sustain that over a period of time. I’ve found a great situation here in Arizona. Who knows who long Carson will play for? But I’ve had at-length discussions with everybody in the franchise that there’s a chance for me to be able to start when he’s done. So that’s the whole goal of all this.”
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Denzel Valentine has entered the NBA at just the right time. Why? Players such as Valentine, those capable of playing multiple positions in an evolving small-ball scheme, have become hot commodities these days. Perfect timing for the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who just so happens to be as versatile as they come.
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Men's Basketball si.com —  Sports Illustrated spoke with Durant's new teammate, Draymond Green, to discuss KD's decision, how he recruited the former MVP, his expectations for next season and much more.
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Football freep.com —  He is big and strong enough to be one of the top linebackers in the state. Yet he is also fast enough to be one of the top track athletes in the region. Add just the right amount of athletic ability to also get it done on the basketball court, and you have a special athlete. That is why Battle Creek Central High’s Brandon Randle was named the 2015-16 Battle Creek Enquirer Male Athlete of the Year, as selected by the Enquirer sports staff.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's late-game heroics in Michigan Stadium last fall could land the Spartans on the red carpet. The Spartan's punt block touchdown on the final play against Michigan is up for an ESPY award for the best play of the year. The play has already made it through one round of voting, and is now one of eight finalists for the award. It's currently up against Holly Holm's surprising knockout of Ronda Rousey in the quarterfinals, with a fan vote to determine which play moves on. Fan voting for the round ends on July 5.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Some teams also offered money. The Spurs went a bit further, giving Forbes a one-year contract. If he makes their roster in training camp, he’ll earn the rookie minimum salary, around $543,000. If he doesn’t, he’ll still be under contract with the Spurs, paid enough to agree to stay with the organization for one year — even if it’s spent in the D-League — instead of going overseas and perhaps making six-figures there.
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Misc. freep.com —  It’s already being labeled the golden era of Michigan State athletics. And the 2015-16 school year did little to dispel that notion. The Spartans captured their third Big Ten football title under Mark Dantonio and earned their first College Football Playoff berth. Tom Izzo’s men’s basketball team produced the school’s best start ever and won the Big Ten Tournament title.
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Men's Basketball lansingstatejournal.com —  Michigan State’s celebrated recruiting class became real Thursday night. Something more than rankings or highlights or Instagram photos marking their arrival on campus. Miles Bridges’ jaw-dropping dunks, Josh Langford’s ball-handling wizardry, Cassius Winston’s vision and Nick Ward’s space-eating frame were live in the flesh for the thousand or so curious souls who showed up at Aim High for the opening night of Lansing’s Moneyball Pro-Am summer basketball league. Discuss »
Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The world got a small peek of Miles Bridges' athleticism on Wednesday night. The few hundred who mostly filled the bleachers at Aim High Sports on Thursday night got a much bigger one. Bridges, the five-star recruit and Michigan State incoming freshman, tweeted out a video on Wednesday from a max vertical jump test he took in the Spartans' practice gym.
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Men's Basketball impact89fm.org —  Tom Izzo made an appearance Thursday, on the ESPNU College Basketball podcast hosted by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg. He covered a whole range of topics on the current state of college basketball and some flaws with the NBA draft.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  The early NBA Rookie of the Year odds have former Spartan Denzel Valentine coming in with decent odds to win the award. Now that the 2016 NBA Draft has concluded, we can start looking ahead to next season and the former Michigan State Spartans part of it.
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Football freep.com —  Two of the top recruits left on Michigan State's board for the class of 2017 are expected to make their college choices in the next week. The Spartans are on their short lists of schools being considered.
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Football highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Cody White could not be more excited about the prospect of being a Michigan State Spartan football player in the fall of 2017. After all, he as been wanting to be a Spartan since he was six years old. Having attended Michigan State football games with his grandparents as a child, White realized one of his dreams when he committed to playing on the gridiron with the Spartans back in March. "It's always been a place I've wanted to go," White said of Michigan State. "That's why I picked it."
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Men's Basketball todaysu.com —  Tom Izzo has had an abundance of talent for the past 22 years, starting from when he assumed control of the Spartans in 1995, all the way until today. It’s cyclical, the shelf-life of a college basketball player. Four, maybe five years. Sometimes one or two. And then they’re gone. But in the case of Michigan State’s past stars, they’re always remembered.
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Men's Basketball michiganstate.247sports.com —  Here are seven observations from Sean Scherer of 247 Sports on Michigan State players from the Moneyball Pro-Am on Thursday night.
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