Michigan State’s men’s basketball team earned a No. 4 preseason ranking from The Almanac ahead of the 2023-2024 season, with a number of players receiving individual recognition.
Graduate student guard Tyson Walker was ranked No. 10 in The Almanac’s Top 100 and was named a preseason Third Team All-American, while senior guard AJ Hoggard, Walker’s right-hand-man in the backcourt, was rated No. 42 in the Top 100.
Last season, Walker led all MSU scorers with 14.8 points per game, shooting nearly 46% from the field and 42% from 3-point range. Hoggard’s impact in 2022-2023 came more as a facilitator, recording almost 6 assists per game, yet he showed flashes of scoring ability at times. Both earned All-Big Ten honors en route to a Sweet 16 appearance.
Following an up-and-down season in which MSU finished 23-11 and fourth in the Big Ten, the Spartans are in prime position to return to their 26th-straight NCAA tournament with four returning starters and a top-ten incoming freshmen class.
Akins, who tested the waters of the NBA draft this past offseason along with Hoggard, will look to make an even larger imprint coming off a season in which he battled foot injuries but still finished with nearly 10 points and 4 rebounds per game. Hall also dealt with injuries in 2022-2023, sidelining him for 11 games during the regular season. A healthy, more consistent Hall would be a massive piece for the Spartans in 2023-2024.