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E V E R Y F O U R - Y E A R P L AY E R

for Coach Izzo has appeared in a Final Four

T H E N AT I O N ' S B E S T

Five Final Four Appearances in the last 11 years

12 STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENTS

The nation’s fourth-longest streak


2009-10 Spartans

TABLE OF CONTENTS 2009-10 Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 MSU Basketball . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-36

MSU Basketball PG. 5-36

Spartan Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 The Final Four. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Spartan Championships. . . . . . . . . . . .10 Spartan Draft Picks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Spartans In The NBA. . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Clara Bell Smith Center. . . . . . . . . 14-15 Student-Athlete Support Services. . . . . 16 Student-Athlete Development. . . . . . . . 17 Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Breslin Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Spartan Locker Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Berkowitz Basketball Complex . . . . . . . 23 National Spotlight. . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Individual Honors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 World-Class Schedule. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Why MSU? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 Strength & Conditioning. . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Sports Medicine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 USA Basketball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Earvin “Magic” Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jud Heathcote. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Retired Jerseys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 MSU Athletics Hall Of Fame. . . . . . . . . 36

Coaching Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . 37-50

Coaching Staff PG. 37-50

Tom Izzo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-45 Mark Montgomery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Dwayne Stephens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Mike Garland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Pauga/Ott/Herner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Support Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

2009-10 Spartans. . . . . . . . . 51-92

2009-10 Spartans PG. 51-92

2009-10 Outlook/Roster. . . . . . . . 52-53 Chris Allen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54-55 Jon Crandell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-57 Isaiah Dahlman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59 Draymond Green. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-61 Tom Herzog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-63 Anthony Ianni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-65 Mike Kebler. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66-67 Kalin Lucas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-71 Korie Lucious. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72-73 Raymar Morgan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74-77 Derrick Nix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78-79 Delvon Roe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80-81 Garrick Sherman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82-83 Durrell Summers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84-85 Austin Thornton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86-87 Game-By-Game Stats . . . . . . . . . . 88-92

2008-09 Season In Review. . . . . . . . . 93-112

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2008-09 Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94-95 2008-09 Results. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 2008-09 Box Scores. . . . . . . . . . 97-110 2008-09 Statistics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 2008-09 Big Ten Results. . . . . . . . . . 112

History And Tradition . . . . 113-128 1979 NCAA Champions. . . . . . . . . . . 114 2000 NCAA Champions. . . . . . . . . . . 115 Big Ten Championship Teams. . . . . . 116-117 All-Americans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118-121 Honors And Awards. . . . . . . . . . 122-125 Spartans In The NBA. . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Spartan NBA Draft Picks . . . . . . . . . . 127 All-Time Captains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Spartan Records. . . . . . . . . 129-180 Scoring Records . . . . . . . . . . . . 130-131 1,000-Point Scorers . . . . . . . . . 132-136 Rebounding Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Field Goal Records . . . . . . . . . . 138-139 Free Throw Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 3-Point Field Goal Records. . . . . . . . . 141 Assist Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Steal/Block Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Miscellaneous Records . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Freshman Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Opponent Records. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Breslin Center Records. . . . . . . . . . . . 147 The Last Time It Happened. . . . . 148-149 All-Time Summary. . . . . . . . . . . 150-151 Year-By-Year Statistics. . . . . . . . 152-153 Yearly Attendance Figures . . . . . . . . . 154 All-Time Coaches Records. . . . . . . . . 155 Year-By-Year Summary. . . . . . . . 156-170 All-Time Record Vs. Opponents. . . . . . 171-177 All-Time Letterwinners . . . . . . . . 178-180

History & Tradition PG. 113-128

Spartan Records PG. 129-180

Postseason History. . . . . . 181-194 Big Ten Tournament History . . . . . . . . 182 Big Ten Tournament Records. . . . . . . . 183 NCAA Tournament History . . . . . 184-185 NCAA Tournament Records. . . . . . . . . 186 NCAA Tournament Factoids . . . . . . . . 187 1957 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 1979 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 1999 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 2000 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 2001 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 2005 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 2009 Final Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194

Postseason History PG. 181-194

Michigan State . . . . . . . . . . 195-207 Michigan State University. . . . . . 196-198 Board Of Trustees/President. . . . . . . . 199 Athletics Director Mark Hollis. . . . . . . 200 Compliance Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Media Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Spartan Sports Network. . . . . . . . . . . 203 Big Ten Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204 Big Ten Composite Schedule . . . . . . . 205 Opponent Information. . . . . . . . . . . . 206 TV-Radio Roster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207

Michigan State University PG. 195-207


QUICK FACTS U ni v e r sity I nfo r m ation

Location. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Lansing, Mich. Enrollment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47,100 Founded. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1855 Nickname. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spartans Colors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Green and White President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon Athletics Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Hollis Department Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.355.1623 Conference. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Big Ten Arena/Capacity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breslin Center/14,759 All-Time Record at Breslin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 267-39/Since 1989 Press Row Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.353.1626 Ticket Office Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.355.1610 or 1.800.GO.STATE Coac h ing S taff Head Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan, ’77) MSU Record/Years. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-137/14 Overall Record/Years. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-137/14 Associate Head Coach. . . . . . . . . . Mark Montgomery (Michigan State, 2003) Assistant Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dwayne Stephens (Michigan State, ’93) Assistant Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Garland (Northern Michigan, ’77) Director of Basketball Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Pauga Video Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan Ott Assistant Video Coordinator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Herner Basketball Secretaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lori Soderberg/Beth Marinez Equipment Manager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Pruder Athletic Trainer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Mackowiak Strength & Conditioning Coach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Vorkapich Basketball Office Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.355.1643 Basketball Office Fax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.432.1018 Basketball Mailing Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breslin Student Events Center Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 Tea m Infor m ation 2008-09 Overall Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-7 2008-09 Home Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2 2008-09 Road Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1 2008-09 Neutral Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4 2008-09 Big Ten Record/Finish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-3/1st 2008-09 Big Ten Home Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 2008-09 Big Ten Road Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 Final 2009 Ranking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ESPN/USA Today-#2; AP-#8 2009 Postseason. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NCAA Runner-Up Returning Starters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 (1 G, 2 F) Letterwinners Returning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 (7 G, 4 F, 1 C) Letterwinners Lost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 (1 G, 1 F, 2 C) Key Returnees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kalin Lucas (Jr., G, 14.7 ppg, 4.6 apg) Raymar Morgan (Sr., F, 10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg) Durrell Summers (Jr., G, 8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg) Chris Allen (Jr., G, 8.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg) Delvon Roe (So., F, 5.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg) Draymond Green (So., F, 3.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) Korie Lucious (So., G, 3.2 ppg, 1.2 apg)

Newcomers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (2 C) Derrick Nix (C, 6-9, 280, Fr., Detroit, Mich.) Garrick Sherman (C, 6-10, 235, Fr., Kenton, Ohio) Program History First Season of Competition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1898-99 All-Time Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,460-998 NCAA Appearances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 (1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) Final Four Appearances. . . 7 (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009) NCAA Tournament Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-22 NCAA Championships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (1979, 2000) Big Ten Championships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 (1957, 1959, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009) Big Ten Tournament Championships. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 (1999, 2000) Sports I nform ation Associate SID/Basketball Contact. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Larson SID Office Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.355.2271 SID Office Fax. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .517.353.9636 SID Home Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.485.5157 SID E-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . larson@ath.msu.edu Web Site. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . msuspartans.com Sports Information Address. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Z-22 Breslin Center Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 Radio Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spartan Sports Network Contact Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Tieman Phone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517.699.2200

Credits The 2009-10 Michigan State Men’s Basketball Media Guide is a production of the MSU Athletic Communications Office. Written and compiled by Associate Director Matt Larson. Layout and design by Matt Larson, Jon Eslinger and Brian Paulson, Vision Creative, Lansing, Mich. Editorial assistance from Associate A.D. John Lewandowski and Athletic Communications Director Jamie Weir, Assistant Directors Jim Donatelli and Ben Phlegar and Interns Vince Baker and Jeff Barnes. Additional assistance provided by Anne Larson, Katie Koerner and Jessica Taylor. Photos courtesy of Matthew Mitchell/Matthew Mitchell Photography; Andy Keilen; Brian Cripe; Dale Young/Detroit News; Joe Eke; John Gwillim; Kevin Fowler/Lansing State Journal; Bill Guyor; Ron Matay; NBA Photos; David Olds; Bruce Schwartzman/Schwartzman Sports Photography; USA Basketball. Cover designs by Jon Eslinger, Vision Creative, Lansing, Mich. Printing by Millbrook Printing, Inc., Grand Ledge, Mich. Additional copies of the 2009-10 Michigan State Basketball Media Guide can be purchased for $20 each (includes postage). Contact Michigan State Athletic Communications, Z-22 Breslin Center, East Lansing, MI 48824 - 517.355.2271. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity institution.

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2009-10 SCHEDULE November

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NORTHWood (Exhib.) (BigTenNetwork.com) GRAND VALLEY STATE (Exhib.) (BigTenNetwork.com) FLORIDA GULF COAST (ESPN360) GONZAGA (ESPN) Legends Classic - MSU Host Site TOLEDO (Big Ten Network) VALPARAISO (Big Ten Network) Legends Classic - Championship Rounds vs. Florida (HDNet) vs. Rutgers/Massachusetts (HDNet)

East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Atlantic City, N.J. Atlantic City, N.J. Atlantic City, N.J.

4 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

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North Carolina (Big Ten/ACC Challenge) (ESPN) WOFFORD (Big Ten Network) at The Citadel OAKLAND (Big Ten Network) IPFW (Big Ten Network) at Texas (ESPN2) TEXAS-ARLINGTON (Big Ten Network)

Chapel Hill, N.C. East Lansing, Mich. Charleston, S.C. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Austin, Texas East Lansing, Mich.

9 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 12 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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at Northwestern (Big Ten Network) WISCONSIN (Big Ten Network) at Iowa (Big Ten Network) MINNESOTA (Big Ten Network) ILLINOIS (CBS) IOWA (Big Ten Network) at Minnesota (CBS) at Michigan (ESPN) NORTHWESTERN (Big Ten Network)

Evanston, Ill. East Lansing, Mich. Iowa City, Iowa East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Minneapolis, Minn. Ann Arbor, Mich. East Lansing, Mich.

6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 12 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

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at Wisconsin (ESPN) at Illinois (ESPN) PURDUE (ESPN) at Penn State (ESPN) at Indiana (ESPN) OHIO STATE (ESPN, Big Ten Network, CBS) at Purdue (ESPN, Big Ten Network, CBS)

Madison, Wis. Champaign, Ill. East Lansing, Mich. University Park, Pa. Bloomington, Ind. East Lansing, Mich. West Lafayette, Ind.

9 p.m. 9 p.m. 9 p.m. 12 p.m. 7 p.m. 4/8/12 p.m. 12/8/4 p.m.

2/3/4 6-7 11-14 18-21 25-28

PENN STATE (ESPN, ESPN2, Big Ten Network) MICHIGAN (Big Ten Network, ESPN, CBS) Big Ten Tournament NCAA Tournament - First/Second Rounds NCAA Tournament - Regionals

East Lansing, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Indianapolis, Ind.

TBA 2:30/12/4 p.m.

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NCAA Final Four

Indianapolis, Ind.

6:30 p.m. 12 p.m. 8 p.m. 5:30/8 p.m.

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SPARTAN FAMILY When you join the Spartan basketball program, you become part of the MSU basketball family. Made up of more than just players and coaches, it’s comprised of numerous people who have the best interest of the student-athlete as their No. 1 priority. At Michigan State, you’re more than just a student-athlete, and the MSU program wants to ensure that your college years are well-rounded: academically, athletically and socially. The Spartan family can always be counted upon to provide support and encouragement during your years at MSU.

Spartan Family Is … Current Spartans celebrating the great championship teams of the past.

“The Spartan family is special because every player shares the same goals. We all support each other and experience great support from everyone around us. We represent a program where success is a tradition, and because of that, we feel a bond with former Spartans.” Raymar Morgan

Senior Forward

Spartan Family Is … Receiving great support from one of the best student sections.

Spartan Family Is … Playing for the name on the front of the jersey.

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Spartan Family Is … Spartans past and present coming together.

Spartan Family Is … A former Spartan sharing his wisdom with the current team.

“We are a family. The team doesn’t have an ego because Coach Izzo doesn’t have one. Our closeness shows on the court. We won a championship because of the bond we have with each other.” Mateen Cleaves

Three-Time Spartan All-American

Spartan Family Is … One of the game’s all-time greats celebrating another Spartan trip to the Final Four.

Spartan Family Is … Honoring one of the great parents in the history of Spartan basketball.

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Appearing in five Final Fours between 1999-2009, Michigan State is one of just five schools in NCAA history, and the first Big Ten school, to appear in five Final Fours in any 11-year period.

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Every four-year player recruited by Tom Izzo has appeared in at least one Final Four.

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Michigan State has appeared in 12straight NCAA Tournaments, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the fourth-longest streak in the nation.

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FINAL FOURS SINCE 1999 5 Michigan State 4 North Carolina 3 Connecticut

Duke Florida Kansas UCLA 2 Maryland Ohio State 1 16 schools tied

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SPARTAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tom Izzo Championship Era `

2000 NCAA Championship

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Five Big Ten Regular-Season Championships

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Back-To-Back Big Ten Tournament Championships

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Five NCAA Regional Championships

Andre Hutson

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Six Spartan Classics

Four-time Big Ten Champion 2000 NCAA Champion

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Pearl Harbor Classic

“We’re about winning championships at Michigan State. This is what we do here.”

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SPARTAN DRAFT PICKS

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16 Spartans have been selected in the First Round of the NBA Draft

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In four different years, two Spartans were selected in the first round

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson was the first player selected in the 1979 NBA Draft

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Jason Richardson was the first college player selected in the 2001 NBA Draft

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Michigan State has produced more First-Round draft picks than any other Big Ten school since 2000

Goran Suton became the 12th Spartan to play for Tom Izzo selected in the NBA Draft.

Draft Picks Since 2000 15 UCLA

13 Duke, Connecticut, Arizona, North Carolina 11 Michigan State 11 Kansas, Florida MSU First-round draft picks Year 1959 1972 1976 1979 1979 1984 1985 1986 1991 1995 2000 2000 2001 2001 2006 2006

Player Johnny Green Ralph Simpson Terry Furlow Earvin Johnson Greg Kelser Kevin Willis Sam Vincent Scott Skiles Steve Smith Shawn Respert Mateen Cleaves Morris Peterson Jason Richardson Zach Randolph Shannon Brown Maurice Ager

Team New York Chicago Philadelphia Los Angeles Detroit Atlanta Boston Milwaukee Miami Portland Detroit Toronto Golden State Portland Cleveland Dallas

Selection 5th 11th 12th 1st 4th 11th 20th 22nd 5th 8th 14th 21st 5th 19th 25th 28th

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SPARTANS IN THE NBA When playing for the Michigan State basketball program and in the nationally recognized Big Ten Conference, Spartan players draw the attention of NBA scouts who respect the tradition and work ethic that exemplifies MSU basketball. During Coach Tom Izzo’s stint at MSU, he has coached a total of 26 NBA draftees.

Zach Randolph Memphis Grizzlies / 9th Season

SHANNON BROWN Los Angeles Lakers / 4th Season

Spartan NBA Champs

As a member of the 2009 Los Angeles Lakers, Shannon Brown became the sixth Spartan to win an NBA Championship, joining Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Steve Smith, Kevin Willis, Sam Vincent and Matt Steigenga.

MORRIS PETERSON New Orleans Hornets / 10th Season

CHARLIE BELL Milwaukee Bucks / 6th Season

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GORAN SUTON Utah Jazz / 2009 NBA Draftee


SPARTAN NBA TRADITION ERIC SNOW

SAM VINCENT

STEVE SMITH

JASON RICHARDSON Phoenix Suns / 9th Season

MAGIC JOHNSON

Jay Vincent

Scott Skiles

KEVIN WILLIS

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SCOTT SKILES Milwaukee Bucks / 10th Season as Coach

Former MSU assistant Jim Boylan is on Scott Skiles’ staff in Milwaukee. Former MSU video coordinator Paul Rivers is Director of Basketball Technology with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Former managers have also found homes in the NBA. Steve Hetzel is the Player Development Coach for the Detroit Pistons. Brian Pauga is a Basketball Operations Assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. Dan Vincent is the Coaching Staff Coordinator with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is joined by Seasonal Video Coordinator Ryan Linhart. N A T I O N ’ S B E S T 5 Final Four Appearances in 11 Y ea r s

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CLARA BELL SMITH ACADEMIC CENTER Michigan State’s proud tradition of fielding well-prepared teams extends from the playing field to the classroom. Today’s student-athletes face a rigorous balancing act. In what can seem to be a very short day, the student-athlete must fit in classes, studying, practices, conditioning sessions and maybe even a little social life. Each student-athlete commits up to 20 hours a week to his or her sport while carrying a full academic load. To make this balancing act a bit easier, MSU is proud to be the home of the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, a facility that will help student-athletes receive the support and encouragement they need to accomplish their academic goals. In general, the center allows MSU to offer stronger programs in individualized tutorial support, math enrichment, specialized math and reading assistance, mentoring and computer literacy training. In addition to Steve Smith, the volunteer leadership of two distinguished alumni, Ambassador Peter Secchia and former Spartan football and baseball All-American Kirk Gibson, was instrumental to the campaign

The Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center is named after the

mother of Steve Smith, a former MSU basketball All-American, 14-year NBA standout and member of the 2003 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Smith donated $2.5 million to the $7.5 million facility. At the time it was the largest gift ever by a professional athlete to any college or university.

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THE CLARA BELL SMITH STUDENT-ATHLETE ACADEMIC CENTER `

31,000 square feet

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Structured study areas

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Quiet study areas

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Computerized check-in system

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10 individual meeting rooms Multicultural Center

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Two staffed computer labs

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60 computers

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Four classrooms

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Wireless Internet access

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210-seat multimedia auditorium

“At Michigan State, we look to excel both academically and athletically. The Smith Center gives us a place to get away from distractions and focus on our studies. Hard work and dedication are not only important on the court, but also in the classroom. The Smith Center is our home for academic excellence.” Isaiah Dahlman

Senior Guard

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STUDENT-ATHLETE SUPPORT SERVICES Academic, personal and professional support are essential to college success. At MSU, Student-Athlete Support Services helps student-athletes reach their full potential. Our philosophy is to offer an academic support program that will assist all student-athletes with the transition to college and integrate with the total university. This all-encompassing support continues throughout the student-athlete’s collegiate career, until the day he or she receives a diploma, lands a job or enters graduate school. Academic counseling, career exploration, planning and placement and academic assistance through tutorial programs are just some of the ways we encourage student success. Being proactive rather than reactive, our staff does not wait for an academic crisis to occur. We gather important background information and build an academic profile on each studentathlete, assessing his or her needs in advance. We also stay informed on the daily progress of each student-athlete.

2008-09 MSU Basketball Academic Highlights `

Six student-athletes carry a 3.0 or higher GPA going into Fall 2009

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Seven student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher this past summer 2009

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Marquise Gray and Goran Suton earned undergraduate degrees and Idong Ibok pursued his Master’s degree

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Isaiah Dahlman, Tom Herzog, Idong Ibok and Mike Kebler earned Academic All-Big Ten honors

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Received NCAA Public Recognition Award, given to teams that have an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent

Freshmen and transfer student-athletes encounter a major transition when making the switch from high school or community college to a university. These students, while adjusting to their new routines, receive extra attention and support. College is not easy. But with hard work and dedication from both the student-athlete and the support staff, the student-athlete can have a successful college experience. There are a total of 15 staff members to assist student-athletes. Academic coordinators meet regularly with student-athletes to discuss academic progress, prepare for priority registration, review eligibility requirements, and plan for degree completion. A Learning Specialist operates a satellite office of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to provide assistance and accommodations for learning disabled student-athletes. The SASS staff works collaboratively with a number of offices across campus to be sure student-athletes have every opportunity to be successful.

The goal of the Learning Enhancement & Academic Program (LEAP) is to provide comprehensive services for Michigan State University (MSU) student-athletes. LEAP houses the entire Tutorial Program while providing a wide range of learning services including learning strategy interventions, Mentor programming, content-based tutorials, assistive technology, and structured study experiences.

“Being a student-athlete can make life real busy. The Smith Center and the people there make sure we stay on top of our academic responsibilities. The tutors help us understand certain classes. Elliott Daniels is always looking out for what is best for us and pushing us to do better.” Kalin Lucas

Junior Guard

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STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT Student-Athlete Support Services is dedicated to the development of the whole person through its Student-Athlete Development Program. The program is designed to build upon the values and structure of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program. It enhances the student-athlete in five areas: community service and outreach, career development, personal development, academic excellence and athletic excellence. Each area is detailed in nature to meet the individual needs of each student-athlete.

Community Service and Outreach

Putting Athletes & Communities Together (P.A.C.T.)

The Community Outreach program allows studentathletes to gain valuable experience, learn new skills and develop a sense of involvement that will stay with them throughout their life. Numerous outreach opportunities are arranged by the Student-Athlete Development Program including: ` ` ` ` ` ` `

Pen Pals Posters for Patients March is Reading Month Make A Change Teams for Toys Overnight at the MAC Requested Outreach

Career Development

The career development program is based on a threepart process that consists of career exploration, career development and career placement. Some of the tools used to accomplish this include: ` KIN 171: Orientation class for freshmen ` Holland’s Self Directed Search ` Career Fairs ` Partner with MSU Career Center ` Resume writing/Online resume book ` Spartan Career Network: business contacts for jobs and internships ` Interviewing

Personal Development

SASS works closely with the athletic department sports medicine staff to implement a variety of workshops and provide services to help you with personal issues. These include: Alcohol and drug seminars ` Sexual responsibility/MVP ` Mentors in Violence Prevention ` Health Issues ` Counseling ` Anti-Hazing workshops

The Spartan coaches and players regularly visit children in local hospitals, helping bring a smile to people in tough circumstances.

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The Spartans buy, wrap and deliver gifts as part of the “Teams for Toys” program.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

Representatives from each team work together to provide a voice to the Athletics Department and university administration as well as the NCAA In addition, SASS provides a number of additional services and events including: ` NCAA/Big Ten Awards and Scholarships ` Annual Academic Excellence Gala ` Welcome Back Picnic ` Graduation Open House

STUDENT ATHLETE MULTICULTURAL PROGRAM

Every Halloween, the Spartans hand out candy in a “Trick-or-Treat” program for children at a local Toys “R” Us.

The Spartans routinely visit classrooms in the Lansing area, sharing their stories on the benefits of hard work.

Student-Athlete Support Services Multicultural Programming provides student-athletes with cultural and diversity experiences and opportunities. The program is designed to allow all student-athletes the chance to participate in events that celebrate and express diversity. The primary goal of the program is to provide a means of support and resources to guide student-athletes on their journey towards graduation.

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ACADEMICS Attending a nationally prominent institution not only provides an opportunity to play college basketball at a major level, but also affords a student-athlete an opportunity to take advantage of the wealth of academic opportunities that are available. Here at Michigan State, every opportunity is provided to student-athletes to maximize their potential outside the field of athletic competition. The Spartan basketball program knows that a college degree is vital to achieving success in whatever field a person chooses. Receiving a diploma from Michigan State opens many doors to a successful career once college is over. Whatever your career aspirations, it’s important to select a school that places a high priority on academics and allows you to take advantage of the many educational opportunities that await.

31 Spartans have received their bachelor’s degrees since 2000.

2009 Spartan Graduates Not only did the 2009 Spartan seniors close out their career with an appearance in the 2009 NCAA Championship game, they also experienced success off the court. Marquise Gray and Goran Suton received their undergraduate degree in 2009, after Idong Ibok received his in 2008.

“Getting my degree from Michigan State was a dream come true. I had a lot of odds against me, but through hard work and help from a lot of people, I managed to make it through. It means a lot to me because I’m the first one in my family to graduate. There are a lot of college athletes that never get their degree, but it’s a priority at Michigan State. Everything I experienced as a Spartan I count as a blessing.” 18

Marquise Gray


“Attending Michigan State University was one of the best things that has happened to me. Besides all of the accomplishments and experiences that I had on the basketball court, my academic experience made me well-prepared for ‘life in the real world.’ As I look back on some of the professors that I had, some of the courses that I took, and some of the people that I met, I feel very fortunate to have had those opportunities. A degree from a great institution like Michigan State will always be a valuable asset.”

Chris Hill

Three-time Academic All-American

Greg Kelser earned All-America and Academic AllAmerica honors in 1979 before becoming a firstround NBA draft pick. Since his basketball career ended, Kelser has been successful in television.

Chris Hill receives his portrait for the Academic All-America Gallery at the Smith Center.

Morris Peterson was an All-American and an NCAA Champion at Michigan State. He’s gone on to have a successful NBA career, but one of the proudest moments for his family was graduation day.

GRADUATION RATES The chart below lists the percentage of basketball student-athletes who have completed their eligibility at Michigan State since 1990 and who have received their degree. Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

Number of Eligible Players 4 2 3 3 3 4 5 5 2 3 4 5 0 5 2 5 4 5 2 3

Percent Graduated 100% 50% 100% 100% 100% 100% 80% 80% 100% 33% 75% 100% -100% 50% 80% 100% 100% 100% 75%

In total, 61 of 70 players who have completed their eligibility since 1990 have earned their degrees, a success rate of 87.1 percent.

“To come to a university like Michigan State and get your degree in four years is a great accomplishment. It's something that means a lot, not only to myself, but my family. It's important to note, that I couldn't have achieved success without the help of many people. From my teammates and coaches pushing me and supporting me, to the great academic support at the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, Michigan State provided everything I needed to be successful.” Drew Neitzel

2008 Academic All-American

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THE BRESLIN CENTER The Jack Breslin Student Events Center, one of the premier facilities in the country, serves as home to the Michigan State Spartans. Opened in November of 1989, it seats 14,759 for basketball. The $43-million facility is named in honor of “Mr. MSU,� Jack Breslin, who prior to his death in August of 1988, was a senior consultant to former MSU President Dr. John DiBiaggio. Breslin was the captain and most valuable player of the 1945 football team. He also earned varsity letters in baseball and basketball and was the 1946 senior class president. He worked for the university for more than 30 years, serving since 1969 as vice president for administration and public affairs before retiring in 1986.

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The Breslin Center has been sold out for 176 consecutive regular-season games entering the 2009-10 season.

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“The fans at the Breslin Center are the best. We’ve played in a lot of great arenas, but nothing beats the Izzone and the rest of our fans. They’re loud and crazy, and always push us to do our best.” DURRELL SUMMERS

Junior Guard

Breslin Center YearLY RESULTS `

With more than 3,000 members, the Izzone is one of the rowdiest student sections in the nation.

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Fourteen of the 15 NCAA Champions since 1995 have played a game at the Breslin Center during Tom Izzo’s head coaching career.

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From 1998-2002, the Spartans won 53 straight games at the Breslin Center, establishing a Big Ten record.

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Michigan State is 267-39 all-time at the Breslin Center, a winning percentage of .873.

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More than 4.4 million fans have attended games in the 20-year history of the Breslin Center.

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Michigan State has ranked in the top 25 in attendance all 20 years of the Breslin Center.

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Total Attendance

Average

237,720 209,066 217,957 207,423 205,264 236,627 199,659 222,858 208,694 204,272 205,226 236,144 250,903 236,144 206,626 221,385 206,626 280,421 250,903 206,626 4,450,544

14,858 14,933 14,530 14,816 13,684 14,789 13,311 13,109 13,913 14,591 14,659 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,759 14,544

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1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 TOTALS

Overall W-L Pct. 14-2 12-2 13-2 9-5 12-3 14-1 10-5 13-4 12-3 14-0 14-0 16-0 15-2 14-2 12-2 14-1 12-2 18-1 17-0 12-2 267-39

.875 .857 .867 .643 .800 .933 .667 .765 .800 1.000 1.000 1.000 .882 .875 .857 .933 .857 .947 1.000 .857 .873

Big Ten W-L Pct. 8-1 7-2 7-2 4-5 7-2 8-1 6-3 6-3 7-1 8-0 8-0 8-0 6-2 8-0 7-1 7-1 6-2 7-1 9-0 7-2 141-29

.888 .778 .778 .444 .778 .888 .667 .667 .875 1.000 1.000 1.000 .750 1.000 .875 .875 .750 .875 1.000 .778 .829


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SPARTAN LOCKER ROOM MSU Locker Room & Player Lounge `

Finished November 2007

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$1.3 million project

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42-inch custom wood lockers

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Domed ceiling in locker room

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Large television – featuring nine separate 42-inch flat screen monitors that can be combined into one 126-inch screen

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Bronze plaques commemorating MSU’s National Championships

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Photos and murals of Spartan All-Americans, NBA Players and commemorating National Championships

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Smartboard in locker room connected to video server

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Full kitchenette

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Frances Cleaves Family Center – dedicated March 2009

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“The facilities at Michigan State are the best. They give us everything we need to win, and it feels like home. The practice gyms and video equipment help us improve our game, and the locker room and lounge are a great place to relax. I can’t imagine any other school, or even an NBA team, having anything better.” Kalin Lucas

Junior Guard


BERKOWITZ BASKETBALL COMPLEX

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Opened January 2002

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30-plus seat theater for team meeting and film – includes surround sound, projection screen and Smart Board, allowing coaches to diagram directly on screen

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Two auxiliary practice gymnasiums include training area and seating for more than 20 visitors

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Video workroom with state-of-the-art video system to assist with scouting and player development

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Coaches conference room

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Outdoor patio for entertaining and team functions

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Alfred Berkowitz Foundation pledged $2 million toward the $7.5 million project – all of which was covered by private funds.

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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT The Michigan State basketball program is recognized on a national, regional and state basis by both the print and electronic media. Media exposure is an integral part of building and maintaining a program, and Spartan basketball continues to be a significant attraction around the country.

ESPN College GameDay made a trip to East Lansing in 2007. According to ESPN crew and talent, the crowd at the Breslin Center was the largest in the program’s history. Including an upcoming appearance this year, Michigan State has been a part of four of the five Big Ten appearances on College GameDay.

29 Michigan State men’s basketball games in 2009-10 will be televised on a national television network.

Michigan State has appeared on CBS 94 times and on ESPN and ESPN2 126 times since 1997-98.

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Spartan basketball enjoys the benefits of daily coverage in Detroit, the nation’s 11thlargest television market.

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Five of the nation’s top 160 newspapers, based upon circulation, cover the Spartan basketball beat.

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Michigan State is the most listened-to basketball team in the state, with the Spartan Sports Network reaching an average audience of approximately 147,500 listeners per game. In addition, Spartan basketball is carried on News/Talk 760 WJR, the No. 1 station in Detroit, with the ability to be heard halfway across the country at night.

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The official MSU athletics web site, MSUSpartans.com averaged 1.5 million page view per month in 2008-09, including 224,000 unique visitors per month.

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Spartan basketball can be followed on Facebook (facebook.com/MSUathletics) or Twitter (@msu_basketball).


The Big Ten Network provides unparalleled coverage of Spartan basketball on a national network.

“Dial up any TV executive and he or she will rattle off a list of teams whose games are hot TV commodities, regardless of venue ... Arguably, this upper crust includes Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Indiana, Connecticut, Michigan State, Maryland and Syracuse ...” Andy Katz

ESPN.com, Sept. 25, 2006

Whether it’s on the cover of national magazines like The Sporting News or Sports Illustrated or on the front page of the USA Today Sports, Michigan State receives excellent national exposure.

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INDIVIDUAL HONORS While team goals are very important at Michigan State, the Spartans also promote individual goals. Coach Tom Izzo and the rest of the Spartan basketball family realize that without individual players striving for individual goals, it is difficult for the team to achieve its championship dreams. At Michigan State, we take an active role in promoting your accomplishments. From posters and color mail-outs to individual web sites, we ensure that the coaches and national media that vote for AllAmerica and All-Big Ten teams are not only aware of who you are, but that they also have up-to-date information on your accomplishments. At Michigan State, our goal is to make your dreams a reality.

A special web site featuring a highlight video and stats was developed for 2009 Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas. A link was then emailed to all voters.

“Playing at Michigan State gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills. With most of our games on television, people were able to recognize my abilities and see the hard work that I had put into my game.� Jason Richardson

2001 All-American

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Five All-Americans 21 All-Big Ten Honorees ` Two Academic All-Americans `

Drew Neitzel

2007 All-American 2008 Academic All-American

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WORLD-CLASS SCHEDULE There is a saying that goes “in order to be the best, you have to beat the best.” At Michigan State, the Spartans have the opportunity to play the best more than most any team in the nation. Last season, Michigan State played 11 games against ranked opponents, including five against top-10 teams.

Most Ranked Opponents Among Final Four Teams Since 1998 126 North Carolina

125 117 116 114 Michigan State has played 53 games in 14 NBA arenas since 1998, including Conseco Fieldhouse, home of the Big Ten Tournament.

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Maryland Kentucky Duke

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Since 1997-98, the first year of Michigan State’s 12 straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, the Spartans have played 37 ranked non-conference teams in the regular season, the third largest total among the 28 teams to make a Final Four since 1998.

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Michigan State has played 27 Top-10 teams in the last four seasons.

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Thirteen of Michigan State’s games, including four non-conference games, are against opponents ranked in various preseason polls.

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Michigan State has defeated the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top 25 poll in two of the last three years.

LARGEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL CROWDS IN NCAA HISTORY 78,129 Michigan State vs. Kentucky (Dec. 13, 2003)

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(April 6, 2009)

(April 4, 2009)

When ESPN.com’s Andy Katz was trying to determine the top team of the last 10 years, he used MSU’s non-conference scheduling as one of the determining factors for ranking the Spartans No. 1.

In addition to having played in five Final Fours under Tom Izzo, the Spartans have

played 26 of the 30 schools to have advanced to the Final Four since Tom Izzo’s first season in 1996. Those 26 teams have combined to make 47 of a possible 56 Final Four appearances in the last 14 years, while MSU accounts for five more.

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WHY MSU? “Coach Izzo has built a great basketball program here at Michigan State. He’s also built an atmosphere where everyone feels like they are part of the same family. I felt something was different here from the very first moments of my visit. Growing up here in Michigan, it’s great to have that combination so close to home.” Tom Herzog

Junior Center

“I chose Michigan State because it offered everything that any school in the nation could offer and it was so close to home. It’s a school where a championship effort is expected and that’s the type of program I will give everything I have.” Delvon Roe

Sophomore Forward

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“Michigan State is a great school, and it’s a great team led by a great coach. I love winning and I know MSU is the right place for that. My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA and I know Coach Izzo and his staff can help me reach that goal just as well or better than any other coach in the country.” Draymond Green

Sophomore Forward

“I thought Michigan State was the best place for me to have a chance to win a National Championship. The basketball program is one of the best in the country, the academics are top of the line, and basically it’s an all-around great school.” Isaiah Dahlman

Senior Guard

“Michigan State is a school and a program that knows what it takes to be successful. MSU has been to the Final Four many times and has national championships. I love the system that Coach Izzo runs and the coaches and teammates couldn’t be any better.”

KORIE LUCIOUS

Sophomore Guard

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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING Toughness! That best describes the ultimate goal of the Spartan Basketball Strength and Conditioning Program under the direction of associate head strength and conditioning coach Mike Vorkapich. The year-round approach that the Spartans adhere to addresses all of the vital components of strength development, speed and power improvement, flexibility and cardio respiratory conditioning. The Spartan weight room, located in the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, and the Breslin Center weight room provide MSU student-athletes with a pair of excellent facilities to improve their strength and conditioning.

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In 2008, the Duffy Daugherty Weight Room was expanded to 16,500 square feet, nearly doubling its size.

“Coach Vork pushes us to our limits. The hard work in the weight room during the summer and the season pays off on the court. Our bodies are our most important piece of equipment, and he makes sure they are in great condition.� Delvon Roe

Sophomore Forward

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Strength and conditioning coach Mike Vorkapich has worked with 11 NBA players during his time at MSU.


SPORTS MEDICINE Michigan State University’s men’s basketball student-athletes receive first-class care from the Sports Medicine staff which is comprised of a team of certified athletic trainers, family practice physicians, orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine consultants, and a group of undergraduate students who are completing clinical experiences in the undergraduate athletic training student educational program. The Michigan State University Sports Medicine philosophy is two-fold: to assist in preventing injuries through effective seasonal and researchoriented programs, and to facilitate an aggressive post-injury total-body rehabilitation program for a timely return to competition. In all cases, the ultimate total well-being of each individual is the top priority. Michigan State’s aggressive and functional approach encompasses a wide array of consultants. Several programs may include osteopathic manual medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanical evaluations, sports psychiatry, and orthopedic surgeons. The MSU Sports Medicine Staff is composed of certified athletic trainer Tom Mackowiak, Dr. Jeff Kovan, head team physician, Dr. Mike Shingles and Dr. Doug Dietzel, team orthopedic surgeons.

Injuries will happen, but comprehensive rehabilitation ensures a quick recovery and return to the court.

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The remodeled Breslin Center training room opened prior to the 2008-09 season. Athletes undergo preseason testing, allowing them to maximize their abilities.

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USA BASKETBALL SPARTANS WITH USA BASKETBALL Olympic Games

Young Men’s Championship

Magic Johnson (1992) Steve Smith (2000)

Zach Randolph (2000) Jason Richardson (2000) Marcus Taylor (2001)

Goodwill Games Shawn Respert (1994) Tom Izzo (Asst. Coach 2001)

World Championships Steve Smith (1994) Mateen Cleaves (1998) Charlie Bell (2005)

Pan-American Games

Jud Heathcote (Asst.Coach 1975, 1987) Mike Peplowski (1991) Matt Steigenga (1999) Chris Hill (2003) Tom Izzo (Head Coach 2003) Drew Neitzel (2007)

Men’s Select Team Jason Richardson (2000)

World University Games

John Benington (Head Coach 1967) Kevin Willis (1983) Steve Smith (1989) Shawn Respert (1993)

USA Hoop Summit Zach Randolph (2000) Marcus Taylor (2000)

Junior World Championships Tom Izzo has twice served as a USA Basketball Coach, including as Head Coach of the 2003 Pan American Games

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Scott Skiles (1983) Maurice Ager (2003) Paul Davis (2003) Raymar Morgan (2007)

33 Spartans and three MSU coaches on USA Basketball Teams

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1992 Olympic Gold Medalist Magic Johnson

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2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Smith

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Tom Izzo: 2003 Pan-American Games Head Coach and 2001 Goodwill Games Assistant Coach

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USA Youth Development Festival

Marcus Taylor (1998) Zach Randolph (1999) Alan Anderson (2000) Paul Davis (2001) Matt Trannon (2001) Shannon Brown (2002) Drew Naymick (2002) Drew Neitzel (2003) Isaiah Dahlman (2005) Tom Herzog (2005) Delvon Roe (2007) Korie Lucious (2007)

Under 18 National Team Chris Allen (2006)

USA Olympic Festival

Robert Gonzalez (1979) Ben Tower (1981) Sam Vincent (1981-82) Patrick Ford (1983) Scott Skiles (1983) Mike Peplowski (1989) Matt Steigenga (1989) Dwayne Stephens (1990) Anthony Miller (1991) Quinton Brooks (1993)


,, ,, EARVIN MAGIC JOHNSON

Loyal Supporter Earvin “Magic” Johnson is still a loyal supporter of his Spartans, following MSU throughout the season and the NCAA Tournament.

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1979 NCAA Champion Defeating Larry Bird and unbeaten Indiana State

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Redefined the point guard position and initiated resurgence in basketball popularity

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Five-time NBA Champion

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2002 inductee into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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2009 inductee into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

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Three-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP

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12-time NBA All-Star, twice earning MVP honors

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13-year NBA career – finishing No. 1 in career assists and No. 2 in career steals

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Successful entrepreneur outside basketball with Magic Johnson Enterprises •

Revitalize inner-city neighborhoods

Ownership in movie theaters, restaurants, shopping malls and R&B music label

HIV/AIDS advocate

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JUD HEATHCOTE In November 2009, Jud Heathcote will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. `

MSU’s All-Time Winningest Coach: 340-220 in 19 seasons

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420-273 overall record in 24 years

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1979 NCAA Championship Coach

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Nine NCAA Tournament appearances, three NIT appearances

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Three Big Ten titles (1978, 1979, 1990)

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Seven 20-win seasons

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Coached seven All-Americans and 15 All-Big Ten honorees

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Coached 23 NBA Draft picks

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Three former players have become NBA head coaches

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Ranks sixth in Big Ten history in conference victories

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2001 inductee in MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

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2001 NABC Golden Anniversary Award

Heathcote Coaching Tree Heathcote’s impressive coaching tree includes Tom Izzo, who served as an assistant from 1983-95.

The 1979 Spartans celebrated the 30th anniversary of their NCAA Championship in 2009.

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RETIRED JERSEYS Having a jersey retired is one of the highest honors for a Spartan basketball player. Only a select number of Michigan State jerseys are retired, symbolizing the accomplishments of some of the greatest players in MSU history. Ten banners symbolizing the retired jerseys hang from the rafters of the Breslin Center. In addition to the retired jerseys, a banner hangs in recognition of 19-year head coach Jud Heathcote.

“At Michigan State, having your number retired means you’re someone special. To be recognized after you’re gone, that’s the best honor anyone can receive.” Steve Smith

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MSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME On Oct. 1, 1999, Michigan State University unveiled its new Athletics Hall of Fame. Located in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, the $250,000 Hall of Fame displays key moments in Spartan athletic history as well as plaques of the 93 current inductees. The charter class of 30 former Spartan athletes, coaches and administrators was inducted in 1992 and included former basketball players and coaches Jack Breslin, Bob Carey, Lynn Chandnois, Lyman Frimodig, Johnny Green, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Robin Roberts.

SPARTAN BASKETBALL & THE MSU HALL OF FAME

Players & Coaches Chet Aubuchon

Johnny Green

John Kobs

Jack Breslin

Roger Grove

Robin Roberts

Chester Brewer

George “Jud” Heathcote

Scott Skiles

Lynn Chandnois

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Steve Smith

Lyman Frimodig

Greg Kelser

Brad Van Pelt

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Hall of Fame Athletes Fred Alderman George Alderton Chet Aubuchon Ed Bagdon Gloria Becksford Richard Berry Amo Bessone Art Brandstatter, Sr. Molly Brennan Jack Breslin Chester Brewer Judi Brown Lauren Brown Leander Burnett Bob Carey Lynn Chandnois Don Coleman Fendley Collins Shirley Cook Jerry DaPrato Duffy Daugherty Chuck Davey Joe DeLamielleure Marshall Dill

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Gary Dilley Jim Ellis Sue Ertl Dr. James Feurig Mary Fossum Richard Frey Lyman Frimodig John Fuzak Kirk Gibson Cheryl Gilliam Everett “Sonny” Grandelius Johnny Green Roger Grove George Guerre John Hannah George “Jud” Heathcote Jack Heppinstall John Horne Burl Jennings Merle Jennings Earvin “Magic” Johnson Fred Johnson Joyce Kazmierski

Greg Kelser Crawford “Forddy” Kennedy Henry Kennedy Gene Kenney John Kobs Frank Kush Bonnie Lauer Sherman Lewis Danny Litwhiler Dean Look William Mack Jane Manchester-Meyers Robert “Buck” McCurry Gale Mikles Blake Miller Deanne Moore Earl Morrall Clarence “Biggie” Munn Dr. Gwen Norrell Herb Odom Weldon Olson Julie Farrell-Ovenhouse Grady Peninger George Perles

John Pingel Carlton Rintz Robin Roberts Tom Ross Ernestine Russell George Saimes Karl Schlademan Clarke Scholes Scott Skiles Charles “Bubba” Smith Gideon Smith Steve Smith Fred Stabley, Sr. Val Sterk Kemper Brad Van Pelt Doug Volmar Gene Washington Herb Washington George Webster John D. Wilson Tom Yewcic Ralph Young

Scott Skiles became the latest Spartan basketball player inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.


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In his 15th year directing the Spartan program, head coach Tom Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, five regular-season Big Ten Championships, two Big Ten Tournament titles, five Final Four appearances, four National Coach of the Year awards and a Big Ten-best 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. These accomplishments, however, are not what make Izzo one of the best in the game, but rather it is his insatiable desire to accomplish more. With a career record of 336-137, it’s easy to see that Izzo knows how to win, but he also knows how to win the right way. In his 14 full years directing the Spartan program, 86 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree. In the last 10 years, 31 Spartans have received their undergraduate degrees, including five each in 2001, 2003 and 2007.

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In 14 seasons, Izzo has returned Michigan State to national prominence, placed his name in the NCAA record books and become a leader among college basketball coaches. Izzo’s 336 wins are the seventh most by any coach in his first 14 seasons in the history of college basketball. He enters the season needing just five wins to become MSU’s all-time winningest coach, passing his mentor Jud Heathcote. In the NCAA Tournament, Izzo is at his best, winning at a clip of .731 to rank fifth among all active coaches with at least 10 tournament games coached. Izzo has led MSU to five Final Four appearances in the last 11 seasons, becoming the only team to accomplish that feat between 1999 and 2009 and just the fifth school in college basketball history to do it in any 11-year span. Izzo also became just the second coach in NCAA history to reach four Final Fours in his first 10 years of coaching, joining Ohio State’s Fred Taylor, and is just the fourth coach in NCAA history to appear in five Final Fours in an 11-year span. His five Final Four appearances rank tied for seventh alltime, tied for third among active coaches and tied with former Indiana head coach Bob Knight for most alltime among Big Ten coaches.

Success On The Court And In The Classroom Coach Izzo not only knows how to win, he does it the right way. Despite all his success on the court, as shown in his multiple conference championships, Final Four appearances and the 2000 NCAA title, he remains committed to preparing his players for life after basketball. Since 2000, 31 Spartan student-athletes have received their undergraduate degrees.

Through 14 seasons, Izzo is already one of the most successful coaches in Big Ten history. His .690 winning percentage in Big Ten games ranks second all-time among league coaches with at least 10 years of service, behind Knight (.700). In all games, Izzo ranks third (.710), behind Knight (.734), and Wisconsin’s Walter Meanwell (.712). With 160 conference victories, Izzo ranks eighth all-time. Furthermore, Izzo brings stability to Michigan State basketball. The 2009-10 season marks Izzo’s 27th with the Spartans. He is the longest serving active Big Ten men’s basketball head coach. He is also a Year leader among his peers, serving on the NABC Board 1995-96 of Directors and Executive Committee, the John R. 1996-97 Wooden Award Board of Governors and the USA 1997-98 Basketball Collegiate Committee. Over the past 12 seasons, Izzo has compiled an impressive 303-109 (.735) record. A quick look at other stats further demonstrates the Spartans’ success over that stretch: 142-54 (.724) in the Big Ten; 170-15 (.919) at the Breslin Center, including a Big Ten record 53-game winning streak; 69-57 (.548) against Top 25 teams (including two wins over No. 1-ranked teams); 44-21 (.677) in postseason play and 31-11 (.738) in the NCAA Tournament. Individually, players have excelled under Izzo. Six Spartans (Charlie Bell, Mateen Cleaves, Paul Davis, Drew Neitzel, Morris Peterson and Jason Richardson)

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have earned some form of All-America honors. Chris Hill was a three-time Academic All-American, while Neitzel also earned Academic All-America accolades. Twenty-one different players have earned all-conference recognition. One of the reasons for Izzo’s success is his ability to recruit some of the nation’s most talented high school players. During his time as head coach, Izzo has recruited eight McDonald’s All-Americans (Mateen Cleaves - 1996, Jason Richardson - 1999, Zach Randolph - 2000, Marcus Taylor - 2000, Kelvin Torbert - 2001, Paul Davis - 2002 and Shannon Brown and Brandon Cotton - 2003). In addition, six of the last 11 Michigan Mr. Basketball award winners suited up for the Green and White (1999 - Richardson, 2000 - Taylor, 2001 - Torbert, 2002 - Davis, 2004 - Drew Neitzel, 2009 – Derrick Nix), while Shannon Brown won the 2003 Illinois Mr. Basketball Award.

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Tom and Lupe Izzo with daughter Raquel and son Steven

“Michigan State has reached the elite level in college basketball, and we’re not going anywhere. Coach Izzo deserves all the credit. He has done an outstanding job for MSU and is a man that I admire very much. He possesses the coaching experience, knowledge of the game and personality to continue the proud tradition and success of Michigan State basketball for many years to come.” Earvin

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But perhaps even more important to Izzo’s success is his ability to take young talent and develop a player’s skills, allowing him to grow as a player and go on to play professionally. Since 2000, Michigan State has had 11 players selected in the NBA Draft, including six first rounders (Mateen Cleaves - 2000 first round, Morris Peterson - 2000 first round, Jason Richardson - 2001 first round, Zach Randolph - 2001 first round, Andre Hutson - 2001 second round, Marcus Taylor - 2002 second round, Erazem Lorbek - 2005 second round, Shannon Brown - 2006 first round, Maurice Ager - 2006 first round, Paul Davis - 2006 second round, Goran Suton – 2009 second round). Ager, Cleaves, Davis, Richardson, Randolph and Taylor were all high school All-Americans, but Izzo took Hutson, Peterson and Suton, who were not ranked in the top 75 coming out of high school, and turned them into NBA talent. In addition, Izzo-recruit Charlie Bell played in the NBA during the 200102 season after signing a free agent contract. The past four seasons, he has been a key part of the Milwaukee Bucks’ playing rotation. Alan Anderson, a member of the 2005 Final Four team, signed a free agent contract and played two years with the Charlotte Bobcats. Izzo has also emerged as a teacher, not only to his players, but also his assistant coaches. Five current Division I head coaches all served as assistants to Izzo, including Tom Crean (Indiana), Stan Heath (South Florida), Brian Gregory (Dayton), Doug Wojcik (Tulsa) and Jim Boylen (Utah). Current assistant Mike Garland spent three seasons as head coach at Cleveland State following an initial seven-year stint at MSU. Stan Joplin was also head coach at Toledo for 12 seasons. The 2008-09 season was one of the best in the history of Spartan basketball. Michigan State advanced to its fifth Final Four in 11 seasons, becoming just the fifth school in the history of college basketball to accomplish that feat. During the regular season, the Spartans won the Big Ten Championship with a


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“Coach Izzo is real. He doesn’t tell you things just to make himself look good. He tells you something because he feels it’s the right thing to do. Coach Izzo will fight for you. And that makes you want to fight for him.” Zach Randolph,

2001 NBA First Rounder

Since Tom Izzo became head coach, 10 former Spartans have gone on to play in the NBA.

Maurice Ager

Paul Davis

Alan Anderson

Jamie Feick

Charlie Bell

Morris Peterson

Shannon Brown

Zach Randolph

Mateen Cleaves

Jason Richardson

In addition, former MSU video coordinator Paul Rivers is Director of Basketball Technology with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Former managers have also found homes in the NBA. Steve Hetzel is the Player Development Coach for the Detroit Pistons. Brian Pauga is a Basketball Operations Assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. Dan Vincent is the Coaching Staff Coordinator with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he is joined by Seasonal Video Coordinator Ryan Linhart.

15-3 league record, including a school-best 8-1 mark on the road. MSU won the league title by four games, equaling the second-greatest margin in conference history. Overall, Michigan State finished the season with a 31-7 record, the third-highest win total in school history. For his efforts, Izzo was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Of the 18 20-win seasons in Michigan State history, Izzo has been involved in 15 of them, 10 as a head coach and five as an assistant. In the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State advanced through the first weekend with wins over Robert Morris and USC. In the Sweet 16, the Spartans took out defending National Champion Kansas. In the Elite Eight, MSU beat No. 1 seed and No. 1 ranked Louisville, marking just the third victory over the top-ranked team in The Associated Press Top 25 in school history. At the Final Four in Detroit’s Ford Field, the Spartans beat No. 1 seed Connecticut before eventually falling to North Carolina in the title game. Michigan State led the nation in rebounding margin for the third time in Izzo’s career, out-rebounding opponents by a +9.3 margin. It marked the eighth time that an Izzo-coached team ranked in the top 10 in the nation. The Spartans also proved to possess a high-powered attack, leading the Big Ten in scoring offense (72.0 ppg). Izzo directed Michigan State to a 27-9 record in 2007-08, recording the ninth 20-win season in the last 11 years. The season finished with a trip to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, marking MSU’s seventh trip to the regionals in the last 11 years, tying for second most in the nation. The 27 wins marked the fifth-largest total in school history at the time, while the 24 regular-season victories were the then third-largest regularseason total for MSU. The Spartans were a perfect 17-0 at home, good for the first perfect home season since 2001 and just the fourth in Breslin Center history. The ’07-08 Spartans led the Big Ten in rebounding margin (+6.8). In league games, MSU paced the conference in field-goal percentage (.474) for the fifth-straight season, becoming the first school in league history to accomplish that feat. Michigan State finished with a 23-12 mark in 2006-07. The Spartans had to overcome a large amount of adversity and a very difficult Big Ten schedule, but they did advance to a 10th-straight NCAA Tournament. The Spartans also did something for the first time in school history - recording Michigan State’s first home win over a No. 1-ranked team, with a 64-55 over Wisconsin.

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Tom Izzo and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci have been best friends since growing up together in Iron Mountain, Mich. Their unique story of success and loyalty was profiled in the June 11, 2005, issue of “Sports Illustrated.”

The 2006-07 Michigan State squad excelled by getting back to Spartan basics - rebounding and defense. On the glass, the Spartans led the Big Ten in rebounding margin (+7.0). Defensively, MSU allowed opponents just 57.2 points per game, the lowest total since the 1951-52 squad allowed 56.0 points. Opponents also shot just 38.4 percent from the field, the lowest percentage since 1958-59 (.379). Nationally, the Spartans ranked sixth in scoring defense and field-goal percentage defense and eighth in rebounding margin. In 2005-06, Michigan State finished with a 22-12 mark. The Spartans played one of the nation’s toughest schedules, playing more games against teams ranked in the RPI top 25 (13) and top 50 (18) than any other

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Seven former Tom Izzo assistants have gone on to become Division I head coaches.

Jim Boylen

Utah (2007-Pres.)

Mike Garland

Tom Crean

Cleveland State (2003-06)

Marquette (1999-08) Indiana (2008-Pres.)

Doug Wojcik

Tulsa (2005-Pres.)

Stan Heath

Kent State (2001-02) Arkansas (2002-07) South Florida (2007-Pres.)

Brian Gregory

Stan Joplin

Dayton (2003-Pres.)

“Tom Izzo is among the elite coaches in contemporary American sport, period. With his blue-collar approach and his exceptional skills, Izzo has built Michigan State into a national powerhouse, compiling a record and standard of play that most thought impossible. Because of Izzo, Spartan Basketball means all-out effort in pursuing excellence. There is no coach in America I respect any more than Tom Izzo.” Jay Bilas

ESPN Basketball Analyst

Toledo (1996-2008)

school in the nation. In Big Ten games, Michigan State led the conference in five statistical categories including free-throw percentage (.781), field-goal percentage (.469), rebounding defense (30.1), rebounding margin (+4.2) and assists (15.81 apg). Michigan State returned to the Final Four in 2005, becoming the only team to appear in four Final Fours between 1999 and 2005. The Spartans finished the season with a 26-7 mark, including a 22-5 regularseason record. Since Michigan State joined the Big Ten, only three Spartan teams finished the regular season with fewer losses. In the NCAA Tournament, MSU defeated No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kentucky in the Austin Regional, becoming the first team in tournament history to defeat the Blue Devils and the Wildcats in the same year. Despite losing to North Carolina in the Final Four, Izzo was named the 2005 Clair Bee Award winner, recognizing the Division I men’s basketball coach who has made the most significant positive contribution to his sport. Not only did the 2004-05 Spartans win, they were also statistically impressive, ranking in the top 15 nationally in six statistical categories, including free-throw percentage (3rd, .777), scoring margin (7th, +13.1), assists per game (10th, 17.1 apg), field-goal percentage (11th, .487), rebound margin (11th, +6.8) and scoring offense (13th, 78.5 ppg). MSU led the Big Ten in scoring for the second straight year with 78.5 points per game - its highest scoring average since 1985-86 (83.1 ppg). During the season, Izzo recorded his 232nd win at MSU, moving past Benjamin Van Alstyne for the second most number of career wins in Spartan coaching history. In summer of 2005, Izzo traveled to Kuwait to take part in “Operation Hardwood - Hoops With The Troops.” Izzo was one of eight coaches and sports personalities coaching 13-member military basketball teams on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, from Aug. 27-31. Camp Arifjan defeated the other bases to win the championship under the direction of Coach Izzo. Izzo made a return trip to Kuwait in May 2006.

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In 2003-04, MSU opened the season with a 5-7 mark after taking on one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in NCAA history. Rather than give up, Izzo and the Spartans rallied to win 12 of the next 15 games, finishing just one game out of first place in the Big Ten at 12-4. For the year, MSU posted an 18-12 mark. The 2003-04 season saw Michigan State become the first team in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring offense (71.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (.522), 3-point field-goal percentage (.434) and freethrow percentage (.777) in the same season. On Feb. 4, 2004, MSU defeated Iowa, 89-72, as Izzo recorded the 200th victory of his Spartan career, becoming just the third coach in MSU history to accomplish that feat. He also became the eighth head coach in NCAA history to record 200 wins in his first nine seasons. Ten days later, Izzo became just the third coach in Big Ten history to record 100 league wins in his first nine seasons, joining Bob Knight and Gene Keady as MSU defeated Minnesota, 69-58, on Feb. 14. The 2002-03 season was a study in perseverance. Izzo rallied his team to win the final four regular-season games and eight of the last 10 conference games to finish 10-6 in the Big Ten, good for third place in the league. Michigan State made even bigger noise during the NCAA Tournament. The No. 7 seed Spartans easily dismissed Colorado in the first round, setting up a matchup with the No. 2 seed Florida Gators. The Spartans shocked many experts with a 68-46 victory in the Gators’ home state. In the Sweet 16, Michigan State defeated defending-national champion Maryland in a thrilling two-point game, before eventually falling to the No. 1 seed Texas Longhorns in the Lone Star State.

In May, Izzo starred in “Izzo Goes To Broadway,” a professional production

with a Broadway director and cast. The one-night show raised $145,000 for the American Cancer Society, along with national exposure for the cause. Izzo was presented the Coaches Vs. Cancer Champion Award in 2009.

The Elite Eight appearance was the fourth for MSU between 1999 and 2003. During that time period, no other school made more than two trips. In fact, since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, just four programs (Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and North Carolina) have advanced to four Elite Eights in any five-year period. The 2001-02 season may prove to be one of Izzo’s finest. Despite losing 81 percent of the scoring load from 2000-01, and having three of his key players miss several games with injuries, Izzo led the Spartans to a 10-6 Big Ten record, finishing just one game out of first place. MSU won 10 of the last 13 regular-season games to finish with a 19-12 record and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. In 2000-01, Izzo earned NABC National Coach of the Year and District 11 Coach of the Year honors for leading Michigan State to its third straight Final Four and fourth straight regular-season Big Ten Championship. MSU became just the fourth school in Big Ten history to win four straight league titles. MSU opened the season by winning its first 12 games to establish the best start in school history. On Dec. 25, 2000, the Spartans earned the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25, marking the first time they held the No. 1 position in the AP Poll since 1979. In Big Ten action, Michigan State posted a 13-3 record to win a share of the league crown. The Big Ten finale vs. Michigan marked Izzo’s 100th Big Ten game. Through his first 100 games, Izzo posted a 72-28 mark, the fifth-best record in Big Ten history. In the 2001 NCAA Tournament, Izzo guided the Spartans to a third straight Final Four. For a third consecutive season, Michigan State earned a No. 1 seed. MSU won the first three games by double figures, establishing a record with nine straight NCAA Tournament victories by double digits. When MSU defeated Temple, 69-62, in the South Regional Final, the Spartans became just the ninth school to reach three-straight Final Fours and just the third since the NCAA Tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. On the season, MSU finished with a 28-5 record.

ANYONE. ANYWHERE. Tom Izzo has consistently played one of the toughest schedules in America. With a willingness to play at home, on the road or at a neutral site, his list of regularseason non-conference opponents reads like a who’s who of top college basketball programs: Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Texas, UCLA, Utah and Virginia.

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Michigan State led the nation in rebound margin for the second straight season at +15.4 boards per game, tying the fifth-largest margin in Division I history and the greatest since 1980. The Spartans also ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense (61.8 ppg). In 1999-2000, Michigan State captured the second NCAA Championship in school history and its third straight regular-season Big Ten Championship. MSU also won at least 30 games for the second straight season, posting a 32-7 mark, becoming just the second Big Ten school to accomplish that feat. The 65 wins over the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons is the greatest two-year total in the history of the Big Ten. The Spartans also repeated as Big Ten Tournament champions. Izzo led MSU to consecutive Final Fours for the first time in school history. For his efforts, Izzo was named USBWA District V Coach of the Year and NABC District 11 Coach of the Year. Izzo also recorded his 100th career victory in a Jan. 11, 2000, 77-71 overtime win over Indiana in the Breslin Center.

“All those stories you hear about Tom are true. He’s just one of the greatest guys. I can see why the guys want to go play for him because he’s straightforward and he’s just a nice guy. Certainly he’s a guy that if I was For the second consecutive season, Michigan State playing ball, he’s the type of guy that I’d want to go play for.” earned a No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament. After disposing of Valparaiso and Utah in Cleveland, Ohio, the Spartans moved on to the Sweet 16 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., where they recorded come-from-behind victories versus Syracuse and Iowa State. In the Final Four, MSU defeated Wisconsin for the fourth time that season. The Spartans then captured their second NCAA title in school history, defeating Florida, 89-76. During the 1998-99 season, Izzo directed the Spartans on a magical run to the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Final Four since 1979. Under Izzo’s guidance, Michigan State posted a record of 33-5, establishing a school record for most wins in a season. For his efforts, Izzo was named the Basketball Times National Coach of the Year and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 11 Coach of the Year. Throughout the 199899 Big Ten season, Michigan State established itself as the class program of the conference. Izzo directed the school to its second straight Big Ten title. The Spartans followed up a 15-1 Big Ten regular season by capturing their first Big Ten Tournament championship. The 15 league wins tied a school record for most victories in conference play, while the Spartans’ 93.8 winning percentage established a school record. Whereas MSU’s success in 1998-99 was expected, the Spartans took the college basketball world by storm in 1997-98. Izzo became the first Michigan State coach to earn Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors while leading MSU to a 22-8 record and a share of the Big Ten title. The Spartans posted a 13-3 mark in conference, earning Izzo Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

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TIGER WOODS

Three weeks after leading MSU to the

National Championship game at Ford Field, Tom Izzo threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game across the street at Comerica Park.


Over the course of the 1997-98 season, Izzo and his team finished the year ranked No. 10 nationally by USA Today/ESPN, marking the first time the Spartans had finished in the Top 10 since 1995. In addition to his AP award, Izzo was named National Coach of the Year by Basketball News and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Basketball Times selected Izzo as its Mideast Coach of the Year. During Izzo’s first season as head coach in 1995-96, he directed the Green and White to an overall slate of 16-16, including a 9-9 effort in the Big Ten. Izzo recorded wins over Top 25 teams on four occasions. In 1996-97, Izzo guided the Green and White cagers to an overall mark of 17-12, including a Big Ten ledger of 9-9. Izzo led the Spartans to the second round of the NIT in each of his first two seasons. In his 27th season as a member of the MSU coaching staff, Izzo has been with the Spartan program since taking a part-time assistant coaching position in 1983. An assistant coach with the Spartans from 1983-86, Izzo left MSU in May of 1986 to become the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Tulsa. But, on June 10 of the same year, Izzo returned to East Lansing when Spartan assistant Mike Deane left to become head coach at Siena College. Since then, he has been the catalyst in the resurgence of the MSU program. Regarded as one of the country’s top recruiters, he is known as a tireless worker both on the recruiting trail and in the office. His hard work and loyalty were rewarded in July 1990, when Jud Heathcote appointed him associate head coach. His dutiful efforts were further recognized when, on March 30, 1993, then-MSU Athletics Director Merrily Dean Baker recommended both a one-year contract extension for Heathcote through the 1994-95 season and that Izzo be appointed head coach upon Jud’s retirement. The MSU Board of Trustees accepted both recommendations on April 9, 1994.

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In 2001, Izzo received honorary degrees from both Northern Michigan and Michigan State, delivering the commencement address at both graduation ceremonies. Izzo is also an active volunteer in the community. Among his many efforts, he is very active with Coaches Vs. Cancer, Sparrow Hospital, the Jimmy “V” Foundation and the Catholic Social Services/St. Vincent Home for Children in Lansing. In 2009, Izzo was presented the Coaches Vs. Cancer Champion Award, recognizing his work and leadership in the fight to save lives from cancer. Izzo was born January 30, 1955. His family includes his wife, Lupe, daughter, Raquel, and son, Steven.

2001 NBA First Rounder

College Degree Northern Michigan, 1977

In October 1990, Izzo was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame and was selected as an inductee into the Upper Peninsula Hall of Fame during the summer of 1998.

Jason Richardson

College Career Northern Michigan University, Guard, 1973-77

A native of Iron Mountain, Mich., Izzo and former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci were Iron Mountain High School teammates in football, basketball, baseball and track. As college roommates at Northern Michigan, Izzo walked on to the basketball team, while Mariucci did the same with football. Both would go on to earn Division II All-America honors. Despite their busy schedules, they remain the closest of friends. For 10 years, they co-hosted a golf tournament in Iron Mountain to raise money for the community, including a fitness center for the high school.

“Coach Izzo taught me the fundamentals of the game so that I could become a better player. When he recruited me, he promised me a chance to play in a championship game and to become an All-American. Because of him, my dreams became a reality.”

High School Iron Mountain High School

Izzo originally came to MSU from Northern Michigan, where he had been an assistant from 1979-83. He was named a part-time assistant at MSU in September 1983. When former assistant Edgar Wilson left in November 1983, Izzo became a full-time assistant. Izzo played guard for NMU’s basketball team from 1973-77, and was voted the team’s MVP as a senior. He was also a third-team Division II All-America pick that year and established the Wildcat record for most minutes played in a season. Following his graduation from NMU in 1977, Izzo took over as head coach at Ishpeming High School and served in that position for the 1977-78 campaign.

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MARK MONTGOMERY Associate Head Coach

9th Season

Playing Experience

Michigan State (1988-92) - 1992 Third-Team All-Big Ten, 1992 Team Captain

Coaching Experience

Central Michigan, Assistant Coach (1997-2001); Michigan State, Assistant Coach (2001-07); Michigan State, Associate Head Coach (2007-Present)

Mark Montgomery is in his ninth season as an assistant basketball coach at Michigan State in 2009-10, and his third as associate head coach, having been promoted to the position in May 2007. Montgomery is instrumental in the development of the perimeter players, passing on the knowledge that helped make him an allconference selection during his time at MSU. He also assists with scouting and coordinates recruiting, helping assemble a top-five recruiting class in 2007. Recently, Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com named him one of 10 assistant coaches ready to “make the jump and run their own program.” He also made Goodman’s list of the top 20 High-Major Assistants in the nation and was named to Rivals. com’s list of “10 Assistant Coaches Ready To Move Up.”

Mark Montgomery and his wife Alexandra.

In his eight seasons, perimeter players Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson, Shannon Brown, Chris Hill, Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, Drew Neitzel, Marcus Taylor, Kelvin Torbert and Travis Walton have earned all-conference recognition in some format. The Spartans have also appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2005 and 2009 and the Elite Eight in 2003 during his tenure. Montgomery returned to his alma mater prior to the 2001-02 season after four years as an assistant coach at Central Michigan. He joined the Central Michigan coaching staff in 199798 and helped direct a turnaround in the Chippewa program. In 2000-01, CMU posted a 20-8 record and captured the fifth Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in school history and first since 1987. Central’s 20-win season was only the second since 1976, and just the third winning season since 1980. By capturing the 2001 conference championship after a 2000 record of 6-23 (2-16 MAC), CMU became the first team in MAC history to go from last place one season to first the next. An Inkster, Mich., native, Montgomery was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State University from 1988-92. A 1992 third-team All-Big Ten selection, Montgomery ended his career as the then-career leader in games played at MSU (126). A four-year starter for the Spartans, he was part of the 1990 Big Ten Championship team, three NCAA Tournament teams and an NIT Final Four. Montgomery ranks fourth on the career assists chart (561) after leading the team in assists as a junior (169) and senior (190). He also ranks third on the MSU career steals list (168). Montgomery averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 assists in his four years as a Spartan. In 1992, he averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 assists as a senior co-captain, leading his team to a 22-8 mark and the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Following his playing days at Michigan State, Montgomery played four years of professional basketball in Europe. He averaged more than 25 points a game during his career in Germany, Lithuania and Sweden. While at Michigan State, he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Montgomery received his bachelor’s degree in food industry management from Michigan State. His family includes his wife Alexandra.

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DWAYNE STEPHENS Assistant Coach

7th Season

Playing Experience

Michigan State (1989-93) - 1992 Team MVP, 1993 Team Captain

Coaching Experience

Oakland University, Assistant Coach (1997-99); Marquette, Assistant Coach (19992003); Michigan State, Assistant Coach (2003-Present) Dwayne Stephens is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Michigan State. Among Stephens’ many responsibilities, he coaches the Spartan post players, while also handling scouting and recruiting duties. Under his tutelage, Spartan center Paul Davis was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including first-team all-conference and Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors in 2003-04, while finishing among the top 10 scorers and rebounders in MSU history. Last season, second-team All-Big Ten performer Goran Suton led the Big Ten in rebounding, one season after ranking second in the conference. The Spartans also finished the season leading the nation in rebounding margin (+9.3) and have paced the Big Ten in four of his six seasons. Stephens has coached in eight straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 2003 Final Four with Marquette and the 2005 and 2009 Final Fours with MSU. In 2006-07, the Spartan big men led a defensive attack that set a school record in blocks. Stephens has emerged as one of the top recruiters in the nation. He was named a Rivals. com Class of 2006 Top 25 Recruiter in September, and played a key role in putting together a top-five recruiting class in the fall of 2006. In May 2008, he was listed among the top 20 High-Major Assistants in the nation by Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com. “Dwayne has made great strides in his coaching,” said head coach Tom Izzo. “One of his greatest strengths is his recruiting as he has played a large role in putting together some of the best recruiting classes of my time at Michigan State. He has taken on more responsibilities over the last few years and will continue to do so as he looks to someday lead his own program.” A Ferndale, Mich., native, Stephens was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State University from 1989-93. In his four seasons, the Spartans posted an 84-38 overall record and made four postseason appearances, as Stephens never missed a game in his career. As a freshman in 1989-90, Stephens was a third-team selection on Basketball Weekly’s Freshman All-America Team and scored the game-winning basket in a 72-70 victory over Purdue that clinched the Big Ten Championship. In 1990-91, he was the recipient of MSU’s Best Defensive Player Award on a squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. As a junior, Stephens was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates as he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He was also named honorable mention All-Big Ten and was named the recipient of MSU’s Most Improved Player Award. In two NCAA Tournament games, Stephens averaged 16.0 points. In 1992-93, Stephens served as a senior co-captain for the Spartans, averaging 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He was named MSU’s Best Defensive Player and earned a spot on the Basketball Weekly Honorable Mention All-Midwest Team. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Stephens spent four years (1999-2003) as an assistant at Marquette under former MSU assistant Tom Crean. In 2001, Brian Wardle became the school’s first-ever first-team All-Conference USA honoree. Marquette made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the Final Four in 2003. Dwyane Wade was a two-time all-league performer and earned First-Team All-America honors from The Associated Press in 2003. The Golden Eagles posted a 27-6 record in 2003, winning a Conference USA regular-season title. Prior to his coaching stint at Marquette, Stephens spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons as an assistant coach at Oakland University, where the Golden Grizzlies compiled a 27-27 two-year record. During the ‘98-99 campaign, Oakland’s first season as a Division I member, the Golden Grizzlies posted a 12-15 mark. Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Stephens played three professional seasons in Europe. Stephens earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State in 1993. His family includes his daughter, Taylor Olivia.

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Coaching Staff

MIKE GARLAND Assistant Coach

10th Season

Playing Experience Northern Michigan (1974-77)

Coaching Experience

Detroit Cody High School, Assistant Coach (1977-79); Belleville High School, Junior Varsity Coach (1982-87); Belleville High School, Head Coach (1987-1996); Michigan State, Assistant Coach (1996-2003); Cleveland State, Head Coach (2003-06); Southern Methodist University, Associate Head Coach (2006-07); Michigan State, Assistant Coach (2007-Present)

Mike Garland is in his second stint on the Spartan bench, with the 2009-10 campaign marking his 10th season at MSU. He returned to East Lansing for the 200708, year having previously served as an assistant at MSU for seven seasons from 1996-2003. In his time at MSU, Garland has helped coach the Spartans to seven NCAA Tournaments, five Big Ten Championships, two Big Ten Tournament Championships, four Final Fours and one National Championship. He excels in self-scouting and individual player improvement. His instruction led to six Spartans being selected in the NBA Draft during a three-year span from 2000-02. In total, he has worked with 10 Spartans that have been selected in the draft.

Mike Garland and his wife Cynthia

“Mike is someone who was here through our championship and Final Four runs, and helped build this program from the ground up,” said Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. “Mike has a tremendous passion for coaching and developing relationships with players. He helps instill the toughness necessary to compete at the championship level.” In 2006-07, Garland served as associate head coach at SMU under Matt Doherty. Prior to that, he was head coach for three seasons at Cleveland State, posting a 23-60 record, while increasing the Vikings’ win total each season. In his second season, the Vikings improved by six wins in Horizon League play, which was the fifth-best improvement in league history. Prior to his arrival at East Lansing, Garland enjoyed a successful nine-year stint as varsity head coach at Belleville High School. During that time, he posted a career record of 15349 (.757) while earning numerous coaching honors. He was selected as the Associated Press’ 1993-94 Michigan High School Coach of the Year while also being named the Michigan Mega Red Conference Coach of the Year. Garland, who coached three players to first-team all-state honors during his tenure at Belleville, was named The Detroit News All-Metro West Coach of the Year in 1990-91 while being selected as the All-Suburban Coach of the Year during the same campaign by the Detroit Free Press. His Belleville teams won six Mega Red Conference championships, four district titles and advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals in 1991. He spent five seasons as an assistant at Belleville before being named head coach. Garland started his coaching career in 1977 with a two-year stint as an assistant basketball coach at Cody High in Detroit. Garland then headed to private business for several years before his desire to teach led him back into coaching as the junior varsity coach at Belleville High in 1982. Garland earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and community recreation from Northern Michigan in 1977. While at NMU, he was the recipient of the Minority Student Academic Achievement Award. Izzo and Garland were teammates on the Wildcats’ basketball squad. Garland’s family includes his wife, Cynthia, daughter, Simone, and sons Quentin and Michael Ray, and grandchildren Simone, LaNyla and Jacqueline.

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Kevin Pauga Director of Basketball Operations

SPARTAN MANAGERS

1st Season

Kevin Pauga, who previously spent eight seasons with the Michigan State men’s basketball team, is in his first season with the Spartan program as director of basketball operations, handling the day-to-day operations of the basketball program. In 2008-09, Pauga served as data analyst for the Big Ten Conference. He worked closely on various projects, including conference scheduling for multiple sports, statistical analyses, television, communications and was involved in both the men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments. Previously, Pauga spent eight seasons at Michigan State. He served as the video coordinator for four seasons (2004-08), assisting the MSU coaching staff in breaking down game and practice films and opponent game videos. He also coordinated the film exchange between Michigan State and other schools, and prepared special video projects. Pauga also assisted with non-conference scheduling and supervised the student managers. During his stint as video coordinator, Michigan State advanced to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2005 Final Four.

Front (L to R) Anthony Saccoccia, Brett Ferguson, Tom Izzo, Robby Smith, Ben Setas Back (L to R) Marqus McGlothan, Nate Babcock,

As an undergraduate student, Pauga served four seasons as a student manager (2000-04), including holding the position of senior manager during the 2003-04 season. He also served as team manager for the 2003 USA Basketball Pan American Games team, coached by Tom Izzo, during its training camp in Orlando. During his stint as manager, MSU appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and made the 2001 Final Four and 2003 Elite Eight, while also capturing the 2001 Big Ten Championship.

Since moving into the Berkowitz Basketball Complex in 2002, 21 managers, graduate managers and video coordinators have moved on to a profession in athletics. Here is a list of those still involved in athletics.

A native of Willowbrook, Ill., Pauga received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State in 2004, with an external specialty in sports management.

JORDAN OTT Video Coordinator

Manager Careers In Sports

Jon Borovich: Assistant Coach, Dayton Rick Carter: Assistant Coach, Western Michigan Jon Dykema: Director of Basketball Operations, Utah Sean Dwyer: Assistant Video Coordinator,

2nd Season

University of Florida

Jordan Ott is in his second year as video coordinator for the Spartan program. Ott will assist the coaching staff in breaking down game and practice film to create individual player edits for the MSU team. He will also assist with the scouting of opponents, film exchange between universities, and the preparation of recruit visits. He also will oversee the group of team managers. Last summer, Ott directed the Michigan State basketball camps. Previously, Ott spent two seasons as a graduate manager at Michigan State. A native of McConnellsburg, Pa., Jordan received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from the Pennsylvania State University in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Michigan State University in the spring of 2008.

DOUG HERNER Assistant Video Coordinator

Jamie Curtis, Justin Munson, Billy Schrage

6th Season

Doug Herner is in his sixth year as assistant video coordinator with the Michigan State basketball program. Herner has 22 years of experience as a coach at Lansing Sexton High School, while also serving as a teacher for 34 years. For seven seasons, his duties also included serving as camp director for Michigan State’s basketball camps. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1964. He earned three varsity letters in basketball with the Wolverines from 1961-64, winning a Big Ten title in 1964. His family includes his wife Sue, daughters Holly and Tamara and sons D.J. and Scott.

Mike Gibson: Assistant Coach, Drake Joe Griffin: Head Coach, Roosevelt University Steve Hetzel: Player Development Coach, Detroit Pistons Nick Holmberg: Video Coordinator, Auburn University Andy Kohut: Assistant Coach, Tulsa Ryan Linhart: Seasonal Video Coordinator, Cleveland Cavaliers

Jordan Ott: Video Coordinator, Michigan State Brian Pauga: Basketball Operations Assistant, San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Pauga: Director of Basketball Operations, Michigan State

Paul Rivers: Director, Basketball Administration and Technology, Oklahoma City Thunder

Joe Rood: Assistant Ticket Manager, Michigan State Reed Schuitema: Graduate Assistant for Football Operations, Michigan State

Dan Vincent: Coaching Staff Coordinator, Cleveland Cavaliers

George Wishart: Broadcast Associate, CBS Sports

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Coaching Staff

ELLIOTT DANIELS Academic Coordinator Elliott Daniels enters his seventh year working at Student-Athlete Support Services serving as associate director of SASS. In this capacity, he assists the associate athletic director and director of academic services with the overall management and daily operation of the SASS Unit and administers academic services for both men’s basketball and football programs. With this, he has oversight of full-time staff, graduate assistants, interns and mentor program staff. Responsibilities include implementing academic programming and monitoring academic progress for at-risk and good-standing student-athletes, ensuring that all student-athletes receive effective and efficient services. A native of Chicago, Ill., Daniels attended Eastern Michigan University where he played football. A three-year letterwinner (1999-2001), Daniels was one of the top scholars on the team, being awarded numerous athletic director honor roll awards while earning a spot on the All-MAC Academic Team three times. He earned a bachelor’s of business administration in management from EMU in April of 2003 and completed a master’s of science in sports administration from MSU in June of 2005.

JEFF KOVAN Director of Sports Medicine Serving as MSU’s director of primary care sports medicine and head team physician since 1996 is Dr. Jeff Kovan. Dr. Kovan is an assistant professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Department of Radiology, Division of Sports Medicine. He is Board certified in Family Medicine and has completed his Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. A 1987 graduate of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, he worked at Western Michigan University’s sports medicine department before returning to MSU in 1995 to direct the school’s Sports Medicine program. His family includes wife, Jessica, daughters, Brianna and Sarah, and son, Zachary.

TOM MACKOWIAK Athletic Trainer Tom Mackowiak was appointed Michigan State’s athletic trainer for men’s basketball in August 1987. A native of South Bend, Ind., Mackowiak works with the Spartan basketball team year-round. In the summer, he works on off-season conditioning and injury prevention. He is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Kinesiology, a staff advisor for MSU’s student athletic trainer organization E-Stim (Educating Students in Medicine) and actively assists in the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate level student athletic trainers. Every summer, he coordinates MSU’s High School Student Athletic Training Workshop. Mackowiak was a contributing author to a chapter named “Preventive Medicine In Basketball,” a volume in the Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science Series, published under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIBA. In 2009, he completed his Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in special education, with a minor in athletic training, from Ball State in 1979. Two years later, he received a master’s degree in special education from Michigan State. In 2005, he received a PhD. in the Department of Kinesiology in Program Design and Curriculum Evaluation at MSU. His research interests involve planned change, change and leadership traits. Mackowiak served as the head athletic trainer at the University of Detroit from 1981 until his current appointment at MSU. He is a certified athletic trainer and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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MIKE VORKAPICH Strength & Conditioning Coach Mike Vorkapich returned to Michigan State in August of 1998. After 11 seasons as assistant strength and conditioning coach, he was promoted to associate head strength and conditioning coach in 2009. Vorkapich, who works directly with the men’s basketball, women’s basketball and hockey teams, spent the previous five months in a similar position at Notre Dame. He also spent one year at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Vorkapich got his start at Michigan State as a graduate assistant from 199597. During that time, he worked with the men’s and women’s basketball teams while assisting with the hockey and football programs. A former Spartan football player (199194), Vorkapich received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and exercise science from MSU. A certified specialist with both the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Vorkapich has authored articles and been a featured clinic speaker on various topics related to strength and conditioning. Vorkapich is in his fourth year as the secretary of the Varsity “S” Alumni Club at MSU.

DAVE PRUDER Equipment Manager Serving as the equipment manager for the Spartan men’s basketball team is Dave Pruder. A certified equipment manager and a member of the equipment staff since 1989, Pruder helps with the planning and distribution of equipment for Spartan athletes. Pruder serves as the summer sports camps budget director in which he oversees all budget activities for all varsity sports camps offered. An avid runner, he has completed 79 marathons, including one in every state and 17 straight Boston Marathons. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State in 1987, his master’s in physical education and exercise science in 1989 and his M.B.A. in 1992. Pruder’s family includes wife, Theresa, daughter, Kristen, and son, David Thomas.

Lori Soderberg

E X E C U T I V E S E C R E TA RY

Beth Marinez

R E C R U I T I N G S E C R E TA RY

Student Office Assistants

(L to R) Kathryn Rostan, Kelsie Joestgen, Arielle Washington, Tom Izzo, Natalie Pryor, Jolie Ngo, Meredith Dwyer, Lindsay Schuitema

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