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Michigan State Spartans Notch a New Basketball Recruit in Forward Marvin Clark

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.

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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.

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Branden Dawson Announces That He Will Return to Michigan State for His Senior Season

April 16th, 2014 at 7:47 PM
By MacK Lester

After learning of sophomore guard Gary Harris’ decision to enter the NBA Draft, the Michigan state men’s basketball program was pleased to hear the junior forward Branden Dawson has decided to stay at school and play one more year as a Spartan.

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The 6’6” forward from Indiana will bring back some much needed athleticism and rebounding skills. This past season Dawson averaged 11.2 points per game and the team high of 8.3 boards per game. He posted the team-high in shooting percentage with .681. Dawson was also named the Most Outstanding Player in the Big Ten Tournament, which the Spartans went on to win.

Dawson season was hampered though from missing 10 games, nine of which came after breaking his hand, forcing Dawson to sit out for almost a month. Due to the absence he was not eligible to be ranked in any Big Ten statistics.

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Michigan State Spartans’ Star Sophomore Guard, Gary Harris, Declares for the NBA Draft

April 14th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
By MacK Lester

On Tuesday, Gary Harris, a guard for the Michigan State men’s basketball team, announced that he will forego his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft this spring.

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Even though he has only played two seasons as a Spartan, Harris has more than left an impression through his character and exceptional play on the court. In his career at MSU, Harris appeared in 69 games, starting in 67 of them. He averaged 14.9 points per game, totaling 1,025 career points. He joins Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mike Robinson as the third Spartan to score more than 1000 in two seasons.

In his freshman year, Harris was named the Big Ten Freshman of the year, the first Spartan to win the recognition since 1986. He was a Second-team All-Big Ten selection, team MVP, and was one of eight finalists for the national Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award.

In 2014 Harris added to the recognition with his incredible play. He averaged 16.7 points per game, four rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. He was a 2014 First-Team All-Big Ten honoree, a Big Ten All-Tournament Team member, and was also named to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Team. He was one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award as well as voted again as Team MVP by not only his teammates but the media as well.

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Eight-Year Old Michigan State Spartans Fan Lacey Holsworth Loses Battle with Cancer

April 9th, 2014 at 12:06 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

It is a very sad day for the Michigan State Spartans’ basketball program. A very special fan has passed away at an early age. Eight-year old Lacey Holsworth has lost her battle with cancer.

 

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Holsworth, also known as Princess Lacey, became famous for her friendship with Spartans power forward Adreian Payne. The two met when Payne made a visit to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, two years ago. Since then, Payne continued to make visits and even invited her to games. Some of their strong bond was chronicled on Twitter.

 

 

Payne had his cheerleader at some major events during his senior year. At Michigan State’s Senior Night, Payne had the eight-year old superfan escort him onto the court. Another memorable moment for the two was when Holsworth helped Payne cut down the net after the Spartans won this year’s Big Ten Championship. Holsworth and her family saw her hero in New York City compete in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight and participate in the Slam Dunk Contest in Arlington.

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Michigan State Spartans’ Baseball Falls to the Central Michigan Chippewa’s, 10-1

April 8th, 2014 at 8:48 PM
By MacK Lester

After sweeping the Siena Saints over the weekend, the Michigan State baseball team took on the Central Michigan Chippewas at home in East Lansing. After a rocky start on the mound, the Chippewa’s took the lead and then took advantage of multiple fielding errors to take the win, 10-1, and deliver the Spartans’ their first loss at home.

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Freshman Walter Borkovich took the mound for the Spartans to begin the game. He gave up the lead to Central Michigan in the first inning on a ground-out RBI. For the game Borkovich threw 67 pitches in 4.1 innings. He allowed three hits, walked two. He allowed four runs, earning three, and struck out one batter.

Five relievers could not stop the bleeding. Combined with the poor performance from the bullpen, the Spartan defense committed eight errors in total, allowing the lead to climb.

The sole Spartan score came from Jimmy Pickens. The right fielder notched a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Michigan State is currently posting a 17-12 overall record. They will host the Western Michigan Broncos tomorrow at home. The game is set to start at 3:05 pm. 

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