Spartans Keep It In The Family

Denzel Valentine is going to do exactly what his father did: play for Michigan State. The 2012 guard committed on Monday.

In Big Ten country, loyalty runs about as deep as any place in America. On Monday, Denzel Valentine proved that Michigan State is in his blood.

The 6-foot-5 junior guard out of Lansing (Mich.) Sexton committed to Tom Izzo's program. In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of his father who played at MSU two decades ago.

"It feels great. Great," Valentine told

"I kind of wanted to get it out of the way. A lot of people get offers and they wait a year but I feel like state was the school for me. Might as well commit."

Valentine is coached by his father Carlton. Interest poured in from Michigan, Georgetown and Oakland but there was no way to turn down Michigan State. Valentine's father never even had to turn up the heat to help his alma mater.

"There's no pressure. He wanted me to go where I felt most comfortable. Michigan State was the place. I've been around Michigan State my whole life. I grew up a Spartan."

Valentine averaged 10 points and six rebounds as a sophomore. Before he puts on the Green and White he has business to finish. "First, I want to accomplish a state championship. We got to the state finals this year and lost to Country Day. We're almost there. I want to make sure I get that state championship before I leave high school."

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