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LeBron James was given a locker at Ohio State’s new practice facility.
James agreed to outfit the team with his Nike line of apparel in 2007.
“We always want to pay our respects to him for what he did for us in '07 in terms of we were the first LeBron school,” Thad Matta said. “And obviously we get tremendous product from him, and I know he's very proud of what he does for us.”
Matta admitted to the recruiting benefits of being associated with James.
“There's no question about it,” Matta said. “I've always said if I could have coached him I would have been a lot better coach early on. He's very proud of what we've done and just in terms of his name and being from Ohio and the fact we wear his gear, that's important for us.”
Tom Izzo is preparing to replace Gary Harris if he declares for the NBA draft after this season.
Izzo has expressed interest in James Blackmon Jr., one of the top shooting guards in the 2014 recruiting class.
"(Coach Tom Izzo) just said that Gary Harris probably will be leaving so I'll have to come in and probably fill that spot right off and I'll get a chance to showcase my skills," Blackmon said in a recent interview.
Izzo expressed his belief last month that Harris would ultimately become a top 10 draft pick.
Michigan State is targeting two top point guards in the 2014 class: Tyler Ulis and Quentin Snider.
Ulis is deciding between the Spartans, Kentucky and Iowa.
Tom Izzo offered a scholarship to Snider on Sunday, according to Snider’s father, Scott.
"(The Spartans) have been on Tyler pretty hard, so if Tyler goes to UK, they'll need a point guard (at Michigan State)," Scott said, adding that his son would likely take an official visit to Michigan State.