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November 21, 2016

CeCe Long’s Need For Speed (Skating)

By Emily Obermeyer, Staff Writer Sitting in 6th hour AP Environmental Science, junior CeCe Long is required to have a large amount of intelligence and knowledge. […]
November 21, 2016

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is known for having senior led teams with a lot of college basketball experience. Last year, the Spartans were carried by the phenomenal senior backcourt of Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes, both of whom are now on NBA rosters. In the front court, they were led by senior Matt Costello and freshman Deyonta Davis, who now play together for the Memphis Grizzlies. Valentine was a true floor general with a lot of playmaking ability. Forbes was a sharpshooter transfer from Cleveland State who played with Valentine growing up at Lansing Sexton High School. Costello far exceeded expectations last year with his play; he had a face up game and could also score with his back to the basket. Davis wasn’t able to show his full potential as he saw limited playing time throughout the year. When he was on the court, he affected the game with big plays. There were spurts where Davis seemed to be the Spartans most skilled player. Although these guys were skilled, their leadership will be missed most. This season, Michigan State brought in four ESPN top 100 players. This recruiting class is the best one that Izzo has had in his career. There is not a void in skill for the Spartans this year, but maybe one in maturity. Izzo is not used to giving his freshmen a heavy workload but that will be different for this season’s group. Izzo’s highest rated and most NBA ready recruit is freshmen Miles Bridges out of Huntington Prep. Bridges was ranked eigth in the country coming out of high school and for very obvious reasons. He is a 6″7′ 225 lb freak athlete that jumps out of the gym and attacks the rim at will. Not only is he strong and tough, but he has a lot of passion for the game. His jump shot needs some work, but it will become better with time. Bridges will need to rebound the ball well as the Spartans have injuries to two of their big men. He will arguably be Michigan State’s best player this year as a freshmen and is a likely candidate to be a one and done. [Edit] The second highest recruit the Spartans added is 6″6′ shooting guard Josh Langford who came in as the 19th ranked player in the country. Langford is an explosive wing with a pretty pull up jumper. He is a scorer which is something a few of the Spartan guards have trouble doing. Langford should she quality time this season and will be key to the spartans success. The third highest rated recruit the Spartans signed is 31st ranked prospect Cassius Winston out of U of D Jesuit. He was able to put on a show in front of Izzo last winter as he carried his team to a state championship at the Breslin. Winston is a facilitating point guard who will knock down the open shot when needed. It is a tough task to even begin to live up to the point guard play of Valentine, but Winston is similar in how well he can manage the game. He is able to make up for his lack of athleticism with his court vision and awareness. Don’t be surprised if you see a good amount of Winston to Bridges lobs throughout the season. The last of the Spartans big time recruits is 39th ranked Nick Ward. Ward is a 6″8′ 230 lb big man that brings back memories of Michigan State great Zach Randolph. His big frame can bang opposing bigs and he is mobile for his size. He lacks athleticism but makes up for it with his strength. Ward’s post game is alright but can use improvement, he is a lefty that is mostly all left hand. If you let him catch it too deep he will make you pay with his lefty baby hook that is his go to move. With the spartans lack of big man presence, Ward will do a lot of the dirty work down low. To add to the exciting group of freshmen there are a couple more veteran players looking to make an impact. One of those players is junior point guard (Tum Tum) Lourawls Nairn Jr who is the leader of the team. Tum Tum is very quick and is a hassle defensively for opposing point guards. He had trouble scoring and has little to no jump shot. While he isn’t the most skilled player, his energy and talk is crucial for the inexperienced spartans. Another key returner is guard Eron Harris who transferred two years ago from West Virginia. Harris has had very different roles at WVU and MSU and he is struggling to find his role. He is a streaky scorer who averaged 18 points per game at West Virginia but has had a decreased role while at MSU. Harris has had his struggles defensively and looks to improve his defense in the future. This year Eron will need to step it up and get his swagger back that he played with while at West Virginia. A third returning guard who will have a big impact on the season is sophomore Matt McQuaid. McQuaid is a sharpshooter who has gotten stronger and became more versatile over the past year. He will, along with Harris, see a role increase and will need to fill it up for the Spartans’ offense. He has become a gutsy defender that is willing to take charges and put his body on the line. With McQuaid being able to do it on both ends, the spartans will depend on him at times this season. In terms of the returning big men for the spartans, there aren’t many. With senior power forward Gavin Schilling and senior center Ben Carter sidelined to injury, they will look to sophomore forward Kenny Goins to have a productive year. Goins and Ward will carry the undersized spartan front court while the spartans will look to play a small and fast lineup often. What it will come down to is the freshmen sensations living up to the hype combined with returners growing into their expanding roles.

By Tyler George, Sports Reporter Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is known for having senior led teams with a lot of college basketball experience. Last […]
November 21, 2016

Equestrian Fall Wrap Up

By Kyle Peirce, Sports Reporter In a very successful season for many FHC sports the one that seemed to get overlooked is the FHC equestrian team. Not […]
November 21, 2016

FHC Hockey begins their season with a 6-0 win over Lowell/Caledonia

By Will Kuiper, Sports Reporter In the 2014-2015 season, FHC lost to Flint Powers in the state quarter finals. Last year, FHC fell to Grand Rapids Catholic Central. […]
November 21, 2016

Why Michigan Will Be Okay Without Wilton Speight

By Sean Wing, Sports Reporter Last Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines traveled to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes. Michigan entered as a large favorite and […]