The Spartans have lost two big men, senior Marcus Bingham Jr. and junior Julius Marble II, so far this offseason and will need as many bodies as possible in the frontcourt next season.
While the Lansing area has benefitted from Johnson’s success and outreach, the former scrappy guard from Sexton High School praises his hometown as well.
With senior center Marcus Bingham Jr.'s departure last month, Michigan State is tasked with adding more size after Marble's decision to transfer.
The Spartans will now begin the search for someone to fill Associate Head Coach Dwayne Stephens' role as the offseason starts shortly.
Bingham joins fellow senior Gabe Brown in the NBA draft waters after Brown announced his decision last week. Senior forward Joey Hauser is the only remaining senior yet to decide if he will exercise his extra year of eligibility.
“Last year, I was mad at my team at the end,” Head Coach Tom Izzo said. “This year, I was proud of my team at the end.”
Now, the Spartans are left with conflicting feelings of being proud of the performance and the grief that the season is over at the hands of a team that played flawlessly in crunch time.
The game marks Head Coach Tom Izzo's 16th head-to-head matchup with Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“He played about as complete a game as any forward I've had here in a long time, if you look at all the things he did," Head Coach Tom Izzo said.
It certainly wasn’t the prettiest win possible for MSU, but all they could ask for was to be standing after the duel and not picking themselves up off the canvas to make sense of a completed season.
With the win, MSU moves onto the round of 32 to take on second-seeded Duke, who defeated 15-seeded Cal State Fullerton 78-61 earlier on Sunday.
While I cannot guarantee that my Cinderella choices will be a better option than your uncle’s strategy of picking the team with the better mascot, we may at least provide a source to blame your busted bracket on.
After transferring from Michigan State, Loyer's success at Davidson brings him to a crossroads with his past and present.