Former Spartan comes home

Tom Izzo has found his two men to replace assistants Brian Gregory and Mike Garland, who left to pursue head coaching jobs. A former MSU Spartan will make his return to East Lansing to fill one of those positions.

Dwayne Stephens announced on Wednesday that he was leaving Marquette to become an assistant at MSU. Stephens spent the last four seasons as an assistant under Tom Crean, who's Golden Eagle squad made a trip to the Final Four. Crean was also a former assistant at MSU. Stephens played for the Spartans from 1989-93 under Jed Heathcote. Izzo was an assistant at the time. As a junior, Stephens averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. In his senior year he averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists, while serving as co-captain. Stephens was a teammate of Izzo's lone holdover assistant Mark Montgomery, who played for the Spartans from 1989-92. Before going to Marquette, Stephens served as an assistant at Oakland University for two seasons.

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