Herzog doing his best Thabeet impression
Throughout the week, MSU sophomore center Tom Herzog has been simulating the role Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet will play on Saturday.
At 7-foot-3, Thabeet is a unique force inside — especially on the defensive end, where is considered one of the most dominating interior players in college basketball history.
The Spartans haven’t played anyone like Thabeet this season, but they’re hoping Herzog can reduce the learning curve.
A true 7-footer with extremely long arms, Herzog is a fairly good representation of what MSU will experience against Connecticut.
Junior forward Raymar Morgan said Herzog has done a nice job in the role.
“We have Tommy Herzog who is a great shot blocker and he did a great impression of Thabeet this week,” Morgan said. “He can block shots and he was pretty close to it.”
Other news and notes:
— MSU head coach Tom Izzo has been named winner of this year’s Good Guy Award from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) for his “work with members of news media to promote college basketball,” according to a press release.
Izzo will be recognized Friday at the USBWA’s annual college basketball awards breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club, according to the release.
— During MSU’s 98-63 loss to North Carolina, MSU sophomore guard Kalin Lucas revealed that he was suffering from back spasms. That might explain why he scored just six points on 2-of-10 shooting that night.
—Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin has been named Player of the Year by the USBWA. The All-American averaged 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds for the Sooners.