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Deyonta Davis Leaves Michigan State For Draft

Apr 12, 2016 12:49 PM

Deyonta Davis is leaving Michigan State after just one season.

Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season and set a freshman school record with 64 blocks, will sign with an agent.

Davis could be a lottery pick in June.

Zach Randolph was the most recent one-and-done player for Michigan State in 2001.

"As a coach, my job is to help my players grow both on and off the basketball court," Tom Izzo said in a statement. "Over the last year, Deyonta has improved as a player, as he is just starting to tap his true potential. Off the court, there is no question that he has grown by leaps and bounds as he matures as a young man. I've been fortunate to live my dreams, but the real thrill as a coach is getting to see my players live their dreams. I look forward to following Deyonta's development and career in the NBA for years to come."

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Josh Jackson To Announce College Decision On Monday

Apr 9, 2016 4:09 PM

Josh Jackson will announce his college commitment on Monday.

“I’m committing Monday,” Jackson said after practice with Team USA in advance of Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit. “It’ll be at my house. I wanted my family around and I’m just ready to do it.”

Jackson is down to Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas.

Jackson plays for Prolific Prep of Napa, California.

Jason Jordan/USA Today

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Denzel Valentine Beats Out Buddy Hield To Win AP POY

Mar 31, 2016 5:42 PM

Denzel Valentine beat out Buddy Hield in a close vote to be named The Associated Press' Player of the Year.

"We spent time together this summer at a basketball camp, and we built a relationship,'' Valentine said of his fellow senior.

"During the season we would give each other words of encouragement,'' Valentine said. "He was first person to text me when I got hurt, and I thought that was pretty big time of him. He deserves everything he's getting.''

Valentine, who missed four games after having minor knee surgery, received 34 of 65 votes from the national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. Hield was the only other player to receive votes. 

ESPN

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Draymond Green Donates $3.1M To Michigan State

Sep 11, 2015 2:29 AM

Draymond Green has donated $3.1 million to Michigan State athletics in support of the men's basketball program.

Green recently signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Golden State Warriors.

“I was pretty heavy when I got here and not expected to be a pro or doing what I'm doing today,” Green said at a Breslin Center news conference with Izzo, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, with the current MSU basketball team and many others on hand. “So can I come in here and take credit for that, or do I give the credit where it's rightfully due, which is this university? And if so, how do I show my thanks? That was just a small way of me saying thank you.

“I can say thank you all I want and I can talk to coach Izzo every day. But how do I do something to say thank you but to also help these guys over here have the opportunity that I have? One thing coach Izzo used to always tell me is ‘I'm living my dream. All I want to do is see you live yours.’ As a freshman, it's hard to believe that. The way he's on you, you don't understand it, it's hard to believe it. Once you realize, ‘This guy wants me to be successful more than I want to be successful,’ it develops that love and makes you want to come back and give back to these guys like others have done for me.”

Joe Rexrode/Detroit Free Press

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