June 27th, 2014 at 4:11 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni
The Atlanta Hawks have a great new addition to their team. With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, they selected Michigan State forward Adreian Payne.
Throughout his four years with the Spartans, especially in the last three, Payne was a huge part of the team's success. The Dayton, Ohio, native played in 138 games, starting in 94 of them. He recorded a grand total of 1,232 points, 736 rebounds, 85 assists. Payne will bring solid all-around shooting to the Hawks. Not only did he make most of his field goal attempts, but he was very efficient at the foul line with a career 75.5 free throw percentage at Michigan State.
In addition, he will provide help on with his 6'10" frame that enabled him to block 141 shots in college. His quickness combined with his height should result in him becoming a reliable rebounder. While his tall stature would appear helpful, his defensive awareness seems to be a bit of a concern. If he nails down the mental aspect, he should be able to capitalize on it with his athletic ability. Also, he may need to hit the gym and add some muscle to his somewhat skinny appearance to play some of the leagues biggest and most powerful players. All of this is possible with the right coaching, mentoring, and training.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 14th, 2014 at 7:40 PM
By MacK Lester
For the third year straight the Michigan State women’s golf team has qualified to head to the NCAA Championships, tying a school record.
They made the qualification after placing fifth in the NCAA West Regional at the Tumble Creek Golf Club at Suncadia Resort this past weekend. The nationals will be held in Tulsa Oklahoma May 20-23.
This will mark the 12th time the Spartans have qualified in the NCAA Finals, and the 10th time under current head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. Last year the Spartans posted their best Finals finish ever by placing ninth.
"We really controlled our own destiny today," said coach Slobodnik-Stoll. "This team didn't want the season to end at the regional tournament. We never moved down, and actually moved up a spot today. I'm very proud of all of them. The neat thing about this team is that any one of them at any time can shoot low numbers. It's very exciting to know you can count on everyone."
The Spartans will head to the Finals with a core trio of experienced seniors in Allyssa Ferrell, Christine Meier, and Liz Nagel.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 28th, 2014 at 7:07 PM
By MacK Lester
The Michigan State baseball team extends their winning streak to four, as they finished up a three-game series against the Northwestern Wildcats this weekend. They capped off the weekend with a 15-3 blowout on Sunday against their conference foe and look to keep up the momentum as the season starts to wind down.
The Spartan offense came out hot in the first inning with three runs to open the scoring. Jimmy Pickens singled to right field, letting Cam Gibson score. Ryan Richardson scored the next RBI on a sacrifice bunt as he helped Blaise Salter reach home. Then in a double-error play by Northwestern, Pickens scored.
Five more runs came in the second inning for MSU as Cam Gibson singled to left but advanced to third base due to another Wildcat error. Richardson notched a single to left letting Anthony Cheky score. Pickens scored on a single from Joel Fisher. Then Ryan Krill hit a double into center field allowing Fisher and Richardson to score.
With a padded lead, starting pitcher for Michigan State, Cam Vieaux pitched a solid six innings. Out of 88 pitches, he allowed only five hits, and two earned runs and a walk. He also struck-out five Wildcat batters.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 24th, 2014 at 7:28 PM
By MacK Lester
After returning from a series on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Michigan State softball team hosted the Central Michigan Chippewas for a single game this week in East Lansing. After a strong start, the Spartans gave up a two run lead, to lose the single game series, 6-4.
Senior Kelly Smith started on the mound for Michigan State. In four innings she allowed four hits, two earned runs, and struck out four batters on 71 pitches. She took a no-decision as her record stands at 5-12 for the season with a 4.67 ERA.
Michigan State took opened up the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Junior McKinzie Freimuth hit a fly-ball that was misplayed by Central’s Lauren Bowman, allowing Jacquie Reiser score in the initial run.
After Central answered with two runs in the fourth, Michigan State retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when senior Sarah Bowling pinch hit, driving in an run off a double in right field. Sophomore Shanin Thomas hit the first pitch into left field, allowing pinch-runner Ellie Stoffer to score.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 18th, 2014 at 7:58 PM
By MacK Lester
This week, Michigan State man’s basketball coach Tom Izzo announced that Kansas City, Missouri native Marvin Clark Jr. has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the school this fall and play basketball in the 2014-15 season.
Clark is currently in a postgraduate career at Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas. The 6’7” forward weighs in at 219 pounds. He can bring to the team both scoring ability and some athleticism. Against a schedule full of junior college opponents, Clark has averaged 20 points and nine rebounds a game.
"Marvin Clark Jr. is a physical wing with a very good shooting touch.” says Izzo,” He has a Big Ten-ready body and doesn't shy away from contact. He can guard multiple positions and is a strong rebounder from the wing. There's no question that he is mature beyond his years, and has shown the ability to overcome adversity in life."
Clark is joined in this recruiting class by forward Javon Bess of Gahanna Lincoln High School and Sunrise teammate; guard Lourawls (Tum Tum) Nairn Jr., who each signed their letters of intent this previous fall season.Read more... Join the Conversation...